It has been noted that Motley’s self-titled record is one of the most interesting releases that the LA hair metal group released. Even more interesting was that the fans’ reaction to it wasn’t nearly as bad given that it came with the risk of not featuring the band’s classic frontman, Vince Neil.
Rather, “Mötley Crüe” came and went out with a whimper, largely due to the label’s diminishing support, and the fact that the grunge-dominated ’90s weren’t the best time to drop a ballsy hard rock album.
In a recent episode of “Trunk Nation” dedicated to the promotion of Mick Mars’s upcoming solo album “Another Side of Mars” and its lead single “Loyal to the Lie”, Eddie Trunk noted how the 1994 LP has been garnering a lot of attention as of late, saying it “aged remarkably well.” Mick replied (transcription via Killer Guitar Rigs):
“At the time, people actually weren’t ready to accept it. After time and stuff, and then all this, it’s like, ‘Oh, okay. How come this didn’t…’ You know?”
“So it’s all good with people rediscovering stuff like that as cool. It’s like when you rediscover an old Beatles song or an old Stones song. You rediscover it, and you go, ‘Whoa, that’s better than I remember.’ [Laughs]”
“I thought it was a great album when it came out, and I still do. I’m really happy that a lot of people are rediscovering that album because that one has a lot of really good songs on it — as well as very meaningful things to say.”
During the chat, Mick touched on another instance of the Crüe trying to reinvent itself, which also didn’t pan out as planned. Looking back on 1997’s “Generation Swine”, the guitarist said:
“That era of ‘Generation Swine’ was a bit difficult for me. It was difficult because the band was really trying to reinvent itself when it really didn’t…But we got through it, just like we’re supposed to do, as a band.”
Comments coming from co-producer Scott Humphrey (Rob Zombie) proved to be particularly irksome for the guitarist. Looking back on what he was told in the studio, Mick said:
“Well, the producer of that record, to make it short, [said] ‘That sounds too much like a guitar.’ And I’m going, ‘It is a guitar.'”