Motley Crue: Decade of Decadence

The enormous popularity of dinky rockers Mötley Crüe, while disheartening, is not inexplicable. Their hard-rock instrumentation barely camouflages the conventional song structures and ”catchy” choruses that make Mötley Crüe the pop-metal alternative for kids afraid to buy Slayer records. The release of Decade of Decadence, which should have been titled Decade of Dorkiness, coincides with lead singer Vince Neil’s departure from the group, belying the ”we’re pals” blather Neil and fellow band members Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee spout during the interview segments.

There is unintentional hilarity here: Check out the sub-Spinal Tap video for the early hit ”Looks That Kill,” or the running demonstration that the boys are genetically predisposed to make stupid faces into the nearest camera every time they get off a bus, airplane, or helicopter. On the side of good manners, the Crue go out of their way to thank their fans throughout the video. Too bad that near Decade‘s end, Sixx shoots that impression to hell when backstage footage reveals him contemptuously mocking a concert crowd that just went ape over what he considered a shoddy version of the Sex Pistols’ punk anthem ”Anarchy in the U.K.”

Motley Crue: Decade of Decadence
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