Being a metalhead since the early 80s has certainly had its ups and downs.
High point? Watching the birth of Thrash.
Low points watching the birth of Glam Metal.
Although Glam Metal represented more as an entity to draw woman into something that they normally would snicker at.
Glam metal separated itself into two entities the Girly stuff (IE Poison / Warrant / Whitesnake etc ) where they sang about love and relationship issues.
And the not so Girly stuff ( Quiet Riot / WASP / Twisted Sister and of course Motley Crue) where they sang about rebellion and satan and the less appealing issues to woman.
I remember my younger brother back in 1984 who at the time was turning 9 years old was beginning to formulate his own tastes in music. As he was beginning to get into Public Enemy, we used to discuss and debate the different pros and cons of each style of music.
I at 12 almost 13 was very much into the thrash side of metal , and wasn’t very happy with The “Glam Metal” like most Metalheads into thrash back then. I loved my Kill em all album and was excited when Ride the Lightning was released.
Then one day my brother came into our room we shared and had a cassette and wanted me to listen to this band he had gotten from a friend.
I looked at the cover and was very confused as there what looked to be 4 woman on the cover yet the album was named “shout at the devil”
We put the album in and when “In the Beginning” started I was very quiet as it moved from track to track I was in a state of awe at the whole album.
My brother and I must of played that album 1000x
… so although over the years, like any other band, Motley Crue have done and said things that have made me shake my head.
They will always be that band in the 80s that brought my brother and I music tastes together, even if it was for a short time.
Thank you Tommy , Nikki , Vince and Mick for all the great music