Motley Crue – Shout At The Devil (1983, Elektra)
- In The Beginning
- Shout At The Devil
- Looks That Kill
- God Bless The Children Of The Beast
- Helter Skelter
- Red Hot
- Too Young To Fall In Love
- Knock’em Dead Kid
- Ten Seconds To Love
Vince Neil – Vocals
Nikki Sixx – Bass
Mick Mars – Guitars
Tommy Lee – Drums
Producer: Tom Werman
Total Time = 44:10
I was already a Motley Crue fan by the time SHOUT AT THE DEVIL came out because I had the band’s first record, TOO FAST FOR LOVE (1981). I bought that cassette based on the ‘Live Wire’ video I saw on MTV at some point in late 1982 so when I saw the video for ‘Looks That Kill’ I knew I had to buy this album. Back in ’83, I was in the 6th grade and everyone was into the Crue so having the album was considered cutting edge and extremely cool. My friends and I would listen to that cassette on the walk home from school and then we would play it to death on weekends. It was important listening!
The album was so exotic for us kids. First, the band was from L.A., if you read Circus or Hit Parader then you knew that L.A. was a Heavy Metal hotbed. Second, the vinyl was black with a pentagram on it…..anything to do with the devil was cool. Same thing with the song titles, you had the title track, a song with “kill” in it, a song with “beast” in it, a swear, knocking someone dead and danger…..they were dangerous and evil sounding so they were cool. Then you had the band pictures in all the magazines!
Listening to the CD today is a little weird because I was so used to the cassette and vinyl versions…..you know, with Side 1 and Side 2? Side 1 was my favorite because all the two big singles were on it: ‘Shout At The Devil’ and ‘Looks That Kill’…..two of the biggest Metal songs of the ’80s! The opening intro of ‘In the Beginning’ was always looked upon as a waste of space, as was the instrumental ‘God Bless The Children Of the Beast’. Why could they just give us a real song? And what a waste of a good song title! ‘God Bless The Children Of The Beast’ always reminded me of Iron Maiden’s ‘The Number Of The Beast’ so I had hoped it would be just as good a song. Today I skip both to get to the album cuts. ‘Bastard’ was always a favorite if for nothing else than the title and ‘Helter Skelter’ just sounded evil, that is until I found out that it was an original by The Beatles. Normally I disregard cover song, especially in my later years, but I didn’t care when I was 11 years old. Even today I still listen to it.
Side 2 was the side that only the guys with the long walk home from school would get to hear during the week, the others had to wait until the weekend. I always skipped Side 2 when I listened at home until i saw the ‘Too Young To Fall In Love’ video and then I started to listen to the whole album a lot more. ‘Red Hot’ is still a scorcher that I always thought sounded like something off TOO FAST FOR LOVE, a great tune. ‘Too Young To Fall In Love’ is a great single but gets forgotten by many, so does ‘Ten Seconds To Love. I wish Motley Crue would kick these into the live set once and a while, they do occasionally but not regularly since 2005. ‘Knock’em Dead Kid’ is a another cool song with a big catchy simple chorus but ‘Danger’ is the low point. Nothing like album sequencing back in the old days! You could just start the album with ‘Shout At The Devil’ and end with ‘Ten Seconds To Love’ and only have to deal with a minor instrumental interruption.
One of my favorite albums from the ’80s and definitely a classic! I grew up with this record, I listened to it so much that I wore the cassette out and this was one of the first CDs I bought when I got my first CD player. This was Motley Crue at their polished Metal best and they could easily compete with any band from Europe not only with music but image too. There are two throwaways with ‘In The Beginning’ and ‘God Bless The Children Of The Beast’ but the rest of the album is top notch radio-friendly Heavy Metal. The worst song for me here is ‘Danger’ but I still give it an occasional listen and the Beatles cover is one that I actually like. I just wish the band continued with this sound and look for the next album…..THEATER OF PAIN (1985).
‘Shout At The Devil’, ‘Looks That Kill’, ‘Too Young To Fall In Love’, ‘Red Hot’. ‘Ten Seconds To Love’