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Motley Crue are a band that defines both musicianship and showmanship. A band that - despite being equally known for its well-chronicled escapades of sex, drugs, booze, fast cars, big stage shows, flashy videos and starlet wives and girlfriends - has always been centered first and foremost around the grinding sounds of rock 'n' roll.
And although sometimes championed by the press, radio and music television, they are - more than anything else - a band of the people. They are a band that's sold millions of albums and concert tickets, yet has always remained attached to the streets from which they arose nearly two decades ago.
The Crue's story began in Los Angeles in 1981, when bassist Nikki Sixx, drummer Tommy Lee, guitarist Mick Mars and vocalist Vince Neil recorded their debut LP, Too Fast For Love. Released independently - something not nearly as common then as it is today - the album quickly sold over 20,000 copies and earned the band a national recording contract with Elektra Records.
With one foot on the street and the other on the gas pedal, Motley Crue's fast-paced rise continued. The band's onslaught of arenas, TV and radio continued throughout the mid-80s, with albums such as "Theatre of Pain'' and "Girls, Girls, Girls" riding high on the charts and tunes such as "Smoking' In The Boys Room," "Wild Side" and "Home Sweet Home" saturating the MTV airwaves. And with the melodic, hard rock movement of the '80s in full swing, The Crue was clearly among the leaders of the pack.