Friday's Stuff We Like
Motley Crue - Shout at the Devil
Hi, I’m Max Kristich. You may remember me from such past Insound social media posts like my Mournful Congregation Concrescence of the Sophia Record of the Dayor my review for Umberto’s Night Confessions. Well, right now I’ve only got three things on my mind. The Simpson’s 12 day marathon that just started, this moving sale that you’re no doubt aware of by now (I've seen all the recent order forms to prove it) and most importantly, Motley Crue.
I’ve been blasting the hell out of the Crue for the past two weeks, and no one knows that more than the entire staff at Insound. While I enjoy their entire body of work (minus Generation Swine) it’s Shout at the Devil that I find their most seminal outing.
After the debut Too Fast For Love, Nikki, Tommy, Vince, and Mick turned up the power and released one of their heaviest records. While not as diverse as T.F.F.L., the band found a groove on which they built a foundation that lasted them a career – great pop sensibilities mixed with heavy as hell guitars and zero respect for anyone but themselves. The opening self-titled track is one of Metal’s most definitive anthems, and their version of "Helter Skelter" remains one of the best Beatles covers ever recorded. While my personal favorites are "Too Young to Fall in Love" and "Knock ‘em Dead Kid," it amazes me how strong each and every songs is, and how each could have been a huge hit (although they would have to wait until their next album for that milestone).
This is definitive listening to all those who consider themselves fans of anything that’s awesome and makes you want to drink beers and have a good time. Make sure to catch the Crue this summer; it’s what’s best for business. So come now, children of the beast, be strong, and Shout at the Devil!
– Max Kristich