Motley Crue
New Tattoo



by Pedro B. USER (309 Reviews)
September 27th, 2005 | 26 replies

Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

The names of Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, Vince Neil and Tommy Lee are familiar to any hard rock fan. Together, they were the classic lineup for one of the most infamous bands around, the outrageous M"tley Cr"e. The band enjoyed a bout of unprecedented success during the glam rock era, then disappeared for a few years, following Vince Neil"s departure. The comeback was less than spectacular, with both the self-titled 1994 release (vocalized by John Corabi) and 1997"s Generation Swine failing to impress both longtime fans and the press. There were clearly some issues to be addressed, especially in what concerned songwriting. The two new songs included in 1998"s Greatest Hits compilation partially solved these, but were still a bit off-target in relation to the group"s earlier sound. All this seems to have been resolved in 2000 release New Tattoo.

Starting off with a humungous rock"n"roll riff, New Tattoo represents a definite, apologetic return to the band"s roots. The hardened riffs, strong tempos and cheeky lyrics that had characterized the band"s heyday all come back for this album. Yet this isn"t your typical group of old ladies trying to sound as though they were 17; in M"tley"s case, the subject matter of the lyrics has a little more authenticity (see further on). Songs like Treat Me Like The Dog I Am, First Band On The Moon and the title track show a youthful energy and will that were sadly lacking in the more alt-oriented 90"s Cr"e.

This, then, is a party-metal album like there hadn"t been one in more than a decade. Yet the group don"t merely rehash their old sound; Cr"e has learned a thing or two from the 90"s , and a few more modern influences shine through in their music. A typical example is the intro riff to First Band On The Moon, with a dark ambiance clearly lifted from alt-rock. However, these modern touches are merely sporadic: the word of the day here is crunching rock and roll, as exemplified by opener Hell On High Heels or by Punched In The Teeth By Love (with vague reminiscences of AC/DC"s Kicked In The Teeth). As for White Punks On Dope, it"s an uncompromising Poison-esque boogie, heavily reminiscent of the aforementioned group"s cover of Your Mama Don"t Dance.

But of course, no glam rock album would be complete without its ballads. Both are strong cuts, and the title track is one of the high points of this album. Imagine a song that rips off the riff and chorus from Alice Cooper"s Love Is A Loaded Gun, steals a few vocal melodies from Robbie William"s Supreme (!!) and tops it all off with an shameless carbon copy of Zakk Wylde"s solo on Mama I"m Coming Home, all the while featuring a lyric that is basically an ode to Vince"s new tattoo:

I"ve been out drinking with the boys again
Sorry I"m calling after 2 AM
There"s something that I"ve got to say to you
I know it"s late
But this can"t wait
I just got a new tattoo
The result, as you may have predicted, is hilarious. The lyrics sound like something a 17-year-old would write, yet because M"tley Cr"e never evolved much past that age mentally, the result is humorous rather than ridiculous. The same goes for First Band On The Moon, where Vince expresses his dissatisfaction with the Earth girls, and his subsequent desire of taking his band into outer space:

There's a problem with the girls here on Earth
They stopped acting dizzy wearing miniskirts
Seems like everything wild is in distaste
Gotta get my band off in outer, outer space
But there are many other examples. Treat Me Like The Dog I Am is about"well, being treated like a dog (bondage, anyone?), while White Punks On Dope is about the decadent Hollywood lifestyle (which the band, ironically enough, have at one point personified, and to an extent still do today).

Then, of course, there are the love songs like Hollywood Ending and the sleazy songs like Hell On High Heels or Dragstrip Superstar, which further enforce the band"s return to their roots.

However, just like other comeback albums, this isn"t entirely perfect. There"s the occasional bland moment (She Needs Rock"n"Roll), but even these have their charm, mostly due to the band"s fun-loving, tongue-in-cheek mentality (well reflected in the goofy "na-na-na" vocals on Porno Star. All in all, then, this album ranks as a very positive comeback album for the band, in part making up for weaker solo and joint efforts during the 90"s. Up to this point in time, nothing further has been heard of M"tley Cr"e, in what concerns official releases. However, the band is touring and Nikki Sixx maintains his activity with the Brides Of Destruction. Be sure not to miss them on tour!

(Subsequent rereleases of this album have featured various bonus tracks, The latest edition is a double-disc pack containing some demos and unreleased material on a separate disc. Mine features a very good extra cut entitled Time Bomb.)

Reccomended Tracks:

Treat Me Like The Dog I Am
New Tattoo
First Band On The Moon

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September 27th 2005


Album Rating: 4.0

error corrected!

thanks for the tip, i am a Cre newbie, i only own this and the Greatest Hits cd.

Storm In A Teacup
September 27th 2005


Get all of their other stuff it's much better than this. Great Reveiw!

Zesty Mordant
September 27th 2005


Album Rating: 1.0

I remember hearing this awhile ago, blecch.

Get "Shout at the Devil", Or better yet, read their autobiograpy, "The Dirt."This Message Edited On 09.27.05

September 27th 2005


good review im just not into butt rock, i mean glam rock

September 27th 2005


As I said in another thread thing... shouldnt motley crue be in metal? Like hair metal?

Storm In A Teacup
September 27th 2005


Please tell me an instance where punk is part of the mixture of hair metal.

Storm In A Teacup
September 28th 2005


Oh yeah:lol:, always just thought of them as straight up rock.

September 28th 2005


TOugh to classify the crue, they have punk themes, metal themes. Just call them rock.
Albums to get or to avoid:
Too Fast for love(rules)
Shout at the devil(very good)
Dr. Feelgood(best album to date)
Motley Crue(one of their best albums also, very good musically)
Generation Swine(title song and Afraid very good)
Theatre of pain(terrible besides Home Sweet Home, nikki admits this in the Dirt too)
Girls, Girls, Girls(kinda sucked besides the title song)

September 28th 2005


Album Rating: 2.5

Wow, I can't believe this hasn't been pointed out yet. Tommy didn't play drums on this album, Randy Castillo (former drummer of Ozzy Osbourne) replaced him. People who read the Dirt should know this. Anyways he recorded the album, but fell severly ill before the tour, and was replaced by Samantha whoever from Hole on tour.

September 28th 2005


Album Rating: 4.0

hey, i'm thinking of getting either girls, girls, girls or dr.feelgood, which one do you guys reccommend? from dr. feelgood i like same old situation, the title track and kickstart my heart. from girls, girls, girls, i like the title track and i sort of like wild side, but i think in the overall girls... may be the stronger album. what do you think?

September 28th 2005


Album Rating: 2.5

I find that most of the songs on Girls are pretty weak, Wild Side, the title track and a few others being the exception. Go with some older crue dude...Too Fast For Love is an absolutely amazing album.This Message Edited On 09.28.05

Storm In A Teacup
September 29th 2005


Definantly go with Dr. Feelgood, it's a lot better in my opinion.

January 28th 2006


Album Rating: 2.0

Ok I can deal with some of the assessments on this album, my personal feelings about this one was that it was Motley's second worst to date musically and WORST in lyrics. Please don't judge Nikki on these lyrics he is much better. The best song on this album wasn't even released just like on Girls, Girls, Girls, I loved that song rodeo and this one American Zero. They are morons for putting she needs rock n roll or first band on the moon over time bomb and American Zero. They made so many great musical progressions throughout the years but with this album I feel that they sold out to themselves as simple minded vintage crue fans wept because Generation Swine and MC94 didn't have have slice of your pie 99', an overdose, a flying drumset, and a solo reeking of hairspray. Also, you can really tell how much Tommy means to this band, he is a rythmatic mastermind, leaving a song for Vince to write,,, if he has ever written anything other than his Carved album, is just not the recipe for an honorable Crue album.

November 9th 2006


every crue album rocks enuff said

January 4th 2007


White Punks on Dope is also a cover song by The Tubes.

October 3rd 2009


Motley crue is a sellout. Theyre no punks. If they were about music and not the money or image they wouldnt have thrown out John Corabi.

Im not a john corabi fanatic but he gave motley crue their best album ever. Vince neil sounds crap onstage. They use pro tools on stage jst to make him sing and he takes a lot of help from the audience and the rest of the guys.
As soon as john corabis album was out and it bombed he was thrown out. If this isnt bout money then what is.

Contributing Reviewer
July 9th 2010


Album Rating: 4.0

I love this album

September 13th 2014



January 3rd 2017


Album Rating: 3.0

t/t is so good

March 19th 2019


Album Rating: 2.0

Once I finish this and Saints, I’ll be done with my Motley discog run. About halfway through this right now and it’s falling between a 1.5 and 2. I was hoping at least one of their albums would blow me away in some capacity but it seems that won’t be the case unless Saints absolutely rules

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