Motley Crue
Too Fast for Love



by Priestmetal USER (20 Reviews)
August 2nd, 2005 | 34 replies

Release Date: 1981 | Tracklist

Im not a huge fan of hair metal. But when I went to Indonesia, I picked this up for a buck. I had heard some other Motley Crue songs but none from this album. I just said, "Mehh... Its worth my dollar", and bought it. What I got was exactly what I expected. Catchy, hair metal riffs, basic root riding bass lines with an occasional lick, basic druming with an occasional cowbell, ANOYING AS HELL vocals with sleasy, not very brilliant or meanigful lyrics. That description, plus a whole lot of attitude, sex, and drugs perfectly describes Motley Crue. They are a not-so-talented musically, sleasy hair metal band. That being said, they are not necessarily bad. Of course if you like more technical material you are gonna burn this and go put some Dream Theater in your Cd player. Yet, Motley Crue's music as a whole, especially those catchy simple riffs, have a sort of charm. They do their job. They entertain you.

This album, Too Fast for Love, was their first and was released in 1981, the same year that they formed, on their own independent record label called Leathur. My version of the Cd is fake, but Im guessing that the original album's production wasn't great. Probably terrible. This album being their debut, it sounds abit different then Motley Crue's more famous works. I find it to be a bit milder.

The band:

Vince Neil: Vocals
Mick Mars: Guitars
Nikki Sixx: Bass
Tommy Lee: Drums

The tracks:

1) Live Wire: Starts out like many Motley Crue songs do. The main riff being played alone followed momentarily by the rest of the band. Vince Neil's voice is very annoying during the chorus. Also it sounds like he's saying Limewire instead of live wire. After the second chorus, there's a bridge section followed by a pretty high pitched scream. This leads back to the chorus. The song ends on the main riff with some cowbell and high hat fills from Tommy Lee. A kinda generic song. Nothing special, but not bad. 3/5

2) Come on and Dance: I don't know how they came up with the intro riff. Its terrible! So are the lyrics. The chorus sounds like crap cuz its got that intro riff in it with Vince anoyingly singing "Come on and dance" over and over. Whats worse, for the final chorus he repeates it more then usual. Don't like this song at all. Not catchy. Not heavy. Not melodic. Not good. 1.5/5

3) Public ennemy #1: The intro is strange because they only have one guitarist and he starts playing the intro riff with the bass playing along but then he starts doing some little lead ligns. It would sound much better with 2 guitars. The chorus is just as annoying as Come on and Dance. "Public ennemy number one... O YEA... Public ennemy number one... O YEA".
Especially the last one when Tommy uses the Cowbell. Sounds like cacphony.
Nothing special like a good solo or a good riff in the bridge section. Another bland song but not as good as Live Wire. 2.5/5

4) Merry-go-Round: This song is slower. Its pretty much a ballad. I really like that intro riff. It sounds very melancholy. Although Vinces voice is irksome, they manage to pull off a very catchy song with an, unfortunetly, not so great solo. If vinces voice was... normal and there was a better solo this song would be really great. Still a pretty good one. 4/5.

5) Take me to the Top: Let the catchy hairmetal stuff begin! Starts out with a drum roll and then leads into a catchy moderatly fast paced riff. The verse sounds like typical hairmetal. A palm muted riff with high obnoxious voclas. Yet, man is that catchy. This song will get stuck in your head for a long time. They always have the EXACT same kind of choruses. basically its just the song named being repeated over and over over the intro riff. This song is no exeption. A pretty neat song. 4/5

6) Peice of your Action. This song is alot like Take me to the Top. Its catchy and it has that same feel. Its a tiny bit slower though. Guess what? the chorus goes "get a peice of your action" and is repeated a few times over the main riff. I would rate this song lower but the bridge section is really powerful. After a quick solo. theres a pretty heavy riff that repeates while Vince goes "YEA" for a few seconds in his high pitched scream. Another neat song. 4/5

7) Starry eyes: A boring generic song about a girl with... starry eyes. Starts with a drum intro then a lame sad sounding riff comes in. And the chorus? Yep you guessed it. Same thing. "Starry eyes... WHOA OH" repeated over o wait... a DIFFERENT riff? WOW. Nice veriety. Skipable but not as bad as Come on and Dance. 2.5/5

8) Too Fast for Love: Starts with Mick playing a pretty... I dont exactly know how to explain it. Lets just say a bleusy rock riff followed by Vince's anoying "O yeas" and the rest of the band. The verse has more sleasy lyrics and more boring riffs. And the chorus... yea you know what im gonna say. No cool bridge section. The title track is a let down. Nothing special. 2.5/5

9) On with the Show: Another catchy song. This one has more of a poppy feel to it. Especially the begining before the drums come in. This song is pretty much about moving on with life despite adversities big or small. The verse has Vince singing softer and so does the chorus. And the chorus is like all the other ones. Exept the singing is horrible. So much so that I think at one point he's off tune. Theres a cool melodic but poppy guitar part after the chorus. That and the Lyrics save the song from utter failure. An appropriate album closer but nothing too good. 3/5

In conclusion, Motley Crue is basically music for fun. Just like any other hair band. Poor instrumentals, stupid lyrics, but catchy songs with sections that don't leave your head for days. I personally wouldn'y buy another one of their albums. Unless it was for a dollar like this one. As I mentioned before, its not THAT bad its just that theres much more intersting music out there. For fans of jazz, more technical metal or any genre that requires more technicality, this is purley laughable. It is pop metal. AKA hair metal. I still say its fun stuff though. Not worth your 16$ but worth your good time.

Final rating: 3/5 but a low one. Leaning twards a 2.5/5.

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August 2nd 2005


Album Rating: 3.0

Really? Most people I know say Shout at the Devil and most of their other releases are much better. But hey, I havnt heard much more from motley crue other than this album. Only a few songs here and there.

August 3rd 2005


Album Rating: 3.0

Id probably like that better than this one.

September 22nd 2005


Album Rating: 5.0

I'm gonna havta disagree with the dude who did the review, they are all extremely talented musicians...tommy and mick especially.

February 11th 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

Totally great a classic and timeless love it and SATD is also great but then agian i am a cruehead and love all of their stuff.

April 6th 2006


9 songs? what a joke

April 6th 2006


do you realize the album cover has a dudes crotch uncrue

April 6th 2006


[quote=synyster713]9 songs? what a joke[/quote]
How is that a joke?

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Two-Headed Boy
April 7th 2006


originally posted by synsyster713
9 songs? what a joke


thanks for your enormous contribution to the posting thread, man.

April 7th 2006


9 good songs.
The crue rule, and so does this album.

October 27th 2006


not really into this band.. at all. I find Tommy Lee extremely overated.

November 29th 2006


Oh one smart person GREAT they are all punks micks the only good one and he can't even read sheet music he doesn't deserve to be on the top 100 list (guitar players).END OF DISCUSSION.

November 29th 2006


Ok picture an author that needs some other guy to write for him while he speaks.Not being able to read sheet music means he can shred but he doesn't what he is doing.

and remember i said *good* not talented.

November 29th 2006


I believe a Mr. Hendrix couldn't read music either...what a hack.

April 24th 2007


Album Rating: 2.5

Sorry I just don't like the Crue.:/

I decided to check this out it's not bad,I just think they are all punks.

June 23rd 2007


Album Rating: 5.0

k, its obvious this album had a lot of punk influence, seeing as nikki is the main songwriter, and at this time he wanted to be like sid vicious. still a great album, and how can u say mick mars is a bad guitarist, hed probably as good as slash, and hed be better without his bone disease. tommy is over rated as a person, but under rated as a drummer. most people who dont like the crue are usually into heavier music. i am mainly into glam, but i listen to a lot of heavier stuff(Megadeth, Metalica, Slayer, Children of Bodom), so i can see why a lot of people trash the crue, cuz they dont really show all of their skill until they solo

but n e ways, they change on their next album

August 21st 2008


Album Rating: 3.5

this reminds me of ice. its cold but it can melt and make puddles.


March 1st 2010


I love this album, probably my favourite by the band
deserves a lot more than 3/5 in my opinion.

Contributing Reviewer
April 2nd 2010


Album Rating: 5.0

album rules

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December 28th 2010


Album Rating: 3.0

not too bad of an album for the sake of motley crue. It's a tad bit poppy somewhat repetitive doesn't quite have the full on metal attack that they end up having with shout of the devil which i think is their best.Live wire,merry go round and piece of the action are most likely the creme la creme tracks on this record.

June 20th 2011


Well, I disagree with your opinion here: 'In conclusion, Motley Crue is basically music for fun. Just like any other hair band. Poor instrumentals, stupid lyrics, but catchy songs with sections that don't leave your head for days.'

I think there are great musicians in the Hair/Glam/Pop Metal genre, or whatever you want to call it.

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