Motley Crue
Too Fast for Love


5.0
classic

Review

by B R A N D O N S C O T T CONTRIBUTOR (135 Reviews)
April 8th, 2010 | 82 replies


Release Date: 1981 | Tracklist


The Crue Chronicles- Pt. I/IX

Year:1981
Location: Los Angeles, California

Rising from the ashes of classic American hard rock, a new scene of music was brewing in Los Angeles during the early 80's. Taking the attitude of punk, the look of glam rock, the mainstream sensibilities of pop, and the distorted punch of rock, glam metal was formed on the rough, dirty and drug infested streets of the Sunset Strip. Amongst the dozens of bands being formed, one group in particular would make such waves, their decadence, influence and popularity, would become things of legend. Formed by ex- London bassist Nikki Sixx, and featuring vocalist Vince Neil, drummer Tommy Lee and guitarist Mick Mars, Motley Crue has become one of the most famous glam metal bands ever to exist. However, in the year 1981, they were just four guys trying to find their way to fame. While taking over the Strip and playing sold out shows at famous venues such as The Rainbow and The Troubadour came with nearly no effort at all, the band just could not seem to find a label to support their raw and unpolished style of metal. Taking matters into their own hands, the band formed their own label Leathur Records, and went on to record and release one of the most definitive albums of the 80's, Too Fast For Love.

While later records such as Theatre of Pain or Dr.Feelgood would showcase the band with an ultra polished production and a more mainstream catering sense of songwriting, Too Fast For Love displays the band in their rawest and most primal stage. While this can mostly be attributed to by the nature of the music, the filthy production found on Too Fast For Love is a definite element that adds to the overall feeling of the record. Musically, it's quite obvious that the band was influenced by punk just as much as early metal, with songs like "Public Enemy #1" reeking with the easily identifiable punk "*** you" attitude. Album opener "Live Wire" is absolutely electric, with a fast and frantic tempo, quickly delivered verses, and an extremely catchy chorus. Every song manages to find a way to separate itself from the pack, whether it be the pyrotechnic guitar solos in the power ballad "Starry Eyes" or the wonderful galloping chorus on "Take Me To The Top".

Not only is Too Fast For Love the high point in terms of song writing in the Motley Crue discography, but it also shows the band at their most technically proficient. Mick Mars guitar playing is absolutely incredible throughout, tossing around lightning quick guitar solos with ease. While he is often one of the more underrated guitarists of the 80's, his playing here is a fine combination of guitar shredding virtuosity with strong emotional impact. Closing track, "On With The Show" perhaps best shows this, with a fast fingered solo containing strong blues influence that the guitarist was raised on. Tommy Lee also proves to be an excellent, with his unorthodox style of beats and fills best seen on the tracks like "Come On And Dance" and once again "On With The Show". Nikki Sixx on the hand is barely an adequate bass player, but his lines are often so infectious, it doesn't make much of a difference anyway. Bonus track "Toast of the Town" shows him at his best, with an unbelievably catchy bass line during the bridge. Obviously taking influence from Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, Vince Neil's vocal performance is enchanting. Capable of performing a siren like screech ("Live Wire") or even a soft croon ("Merry-Go-Round) his versatile voice styling make this come together as the classic it is.

After the initial release of Too Fast For Love in 1981 on Leathur Records, the album gain the attention the band was seeking, and in 1982 they were signed to major label Elektra Records. Although they released a string of classic albums, the band never quite could match the youthful exuberance seen on Too Fast For Love, a quality that has made it incontestably a made it the classic record it is today.



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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
April 8th 2010


21858 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It figures that just as i was about to start a discography review of the Crue someone reviewed this album earlier this week... But anyway, this is the first of a nine part series of Motley Crue review. On each one i'll try to input some kind of history behind the album/where the band was at that point in time. Motley Crue is my favorite band of all time, so I figured that i might as well share my view on them. Anyway, enjoy!

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Crysis
Emeritus
April 8th 2010


17274 Comments


I do not like the Crue, sorry to say.

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Athom
Emeritus
April 8th 2010


17241 Comments


it's "gained" in the last paragraph and " Motley Crue has become one of the most famous glam metal bands ever to exist." just sounds kinda clunky.

obligatory i hate motley crue statement

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
April 8th 2010


21858 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

haha understandable.





thank you for taking a look it

Ire
April 8th 2010


41948 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This review is good but I think Dr. Feelgood and Shout are better.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
April 8th 2010


21858 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks. My favorite record often goes back and forth between this and Shout. Dr. Feelgood is a great record, but sometimes i miss the rawer edge they had with Too Fast/Shout

BigHans
April 8th 2010


28438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

FUck yes. Long live the Crue. I thought about doing a discog of theirs, I see you have beat me to it good sir.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
April 9th 2010


21858 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

haha sorry

WhiteNoise
April 9th 2010


3566 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Motley Crue are awesome and so is this album. I'll be VERY interested to see what you think of their later albums.

Wizard
April 9th 2010


20114 Comments


I like listening to this when I'm drunk hahahaha. Fun album indeed. Loved the review.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
April 9th 2010


21858 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Haha why thank you my good friend

Wizard
April 9th 2010


20114 Comments


Hey, I have you to thank for PtC so the thanks should be coming from me. Look out for my Ulver posting in the next week. Big article!

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
April 9th 2010


21858 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Ahh shit, that sounds awesome : )

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
September 8th 2011


21858 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Perfect

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2012


21858 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i never get sick of this

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
May 15th 2013


21858 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

BEST ALBUM EVER

facupm
January 2nd 2014


11291 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

shout at the devil>

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
January 2nd 2014


21858 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

nope

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
January 2nd 2014


26733 Comments


nope [2]

It's close though.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
January 2nd 2014


21858 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

agreed



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