Dr. Feelgood (album)

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Dr. Feelgood
Motley Crue - Dr Feelgood-front.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1, 1989
Recorded1988-1989
Studio Little Mountain Sound Studios, Vancouver, Canada
Genre
Length45:07
Label Elektra
Producer Bob Rock
Mötley Crüe chronology
Raw Tracks
(1988)
Dr. Feelgood
(1989)
Decade of Decadence
(1991)
Singles from Dr. Feelgood
  1. "Dr. Feelgood"
    Released: August 28, 1989
  2. "Kickstart My Heart"
    Released: November 20, 1989
  3. "Without You"
    Released: March 12, 1990
  4. "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)"
    Released: May 28, 1990
  5. "Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)"
    Released: July 31, 1990

Dr. Feelgood (stylized as D℞. FEELGOOD) is the fifth studio album by American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, released on September 1, 1989. Dr. Feelgood topped the Billboard 200 chart (which is the band's only album to claim this position as of 2019), and was the first album Mötley Crüe recorded after their quest for sobriety and rehabilitation in 1989. [2] In addition to being Mötley Crüe's best selling album, it is highly regarded by music critics and fans as the band's best studio album. This was also the band's last album to be recorded with lead singer Vince Neil until the 1997 album Generation Swine .

Contents

Recording

Producer Bob Rock found working with the Crüe difficult, describing them as "four L.A. bad asses who used to drink a bottle of wine and want to kill each other." [3] To minimize conflict and allow production to proceed smoothly, Rock had each member record their parts separately. [3]

The lyrics of "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)" feature a reference to "Too Young to Fall in Love" from the band's 1983 album Shout at the Devil .

The intro track "T.n.T. (Terror 'n Tinseltown)" features a sample of a female nurse saying "Dr Davis, telephone please". This was the same exact sample used by the band Queensrÿche for their song "Eyes of a Stranger" which was off of their album Operation: Mindcrime released one year prior to Dr. Feelgood.

The end of "Slice of Your Pie" is based on "She's So Heavy", from the Beatles' Abbey Road album.

Steven Tyler of Aerosmith sings backing vocals on "Sticky Sweet". "Nikki and Tommy and I hung out a lot," said Tyler, who was in Vancouver around the same time, recording Pump . "Of course, we're all akin by our old drinking and drugging days." [4]

Release

Dr. Feelgood has sold more than 6 million copies in the U.S. to date, [5] and went Gold in the U.K. [6] In various interviews, members of Mötley Crüe stated that it was their most solid album from a musical standpoint, due in no small part to their collective push for sobriety.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [1]
BBC Music (very favorable) [7]
Chicago Tribune Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg [8]
Classic Rock Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [9]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 8.5/10 [10]
Los Angeles Times Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [11]
Metal Storm (9.0/10) [12]
Record Collector Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [13]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [14]
Sputnikmusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [15]

Reviews for Dr. Feelgood have been highly positive. Critics remarked the renewed energy and entertaining values that permeate the album, [1] [7] [8] [11] [10] [13] [14] [15] bringing the listeners "in a world of everlasting party", [12] where they "savored the joys of trashy, unapologetically decadent fun". [1] Bob Rock's meticulous production was universally praised, [1] [7] [10] [14] [15] in particular for affording "the band the ability to write stronger melodic hooks without losing the hard rock sound they so coveted" [15] and for the power of the guitar riffs. [11] [14]

Canadian journalist Martin Popoff wrote that Dr. Feelgood is an album "made by a dumb band trying really hard" [10] while a BBC Music reviewer declared it "a glitzy flashy experience... ultimately shallow and narcissistic". [7] Other critics stated that Mötley Crüe are not "out to win humanitarian awards or impress us with lyrical muscle", [8] but to rock "...hard"! [11] Dr. Feelgood, wrote Mick Wall in a review of 2009's reissue, "was the first time Mötley Crüe actually became well-known for music. Until then, their unthinking mash-up of glam and metal had made them a hoot onstage but a disappointment on record… Though pushed close by last year's shock return with the weighty Saints of Los Angeles , [the album is] the best Mötley Crüe have ever released." [9]

"Dr. Feelgood" and "Kickstart My Heart" were nominated for Grammy awards for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1990 and 1991, but lost both years to Living Colour. [16] Mötley Crüe won the best Hard rock/Heavy metal album of the year at the American Music Awards in January 1991 for Dr. Feelgood. [17]

Legacy

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich recruited Bob Rock to produce their self-titled 1991 album after being impressed with Rock's production work on Dr. Feelgood. [18] Rock would later produce Metallica's subsequent albums, until St. Anger , where he played that album's bass parts.

Nike SB created a shoe based on the album cover.

As of October 14, 2008, the album, minus the opening track "T.N.T. (Terror 'N Tinseltown)" because of length and playability, has become downloadable content for the Rock Band video game series. The tracks "Dr. Feelgood" and "Kickstart My Heart" were also released as downloadable content for the video game Rocksmith 2014 in 2015.

"Dr. Feelgood" and "Kickstart My Heart" are available in the soundtrack of 2009 video game, Brütal Legend

To mark the twentieth anniversary of the album, Mötley Crüe performed the album in its entirety at Crüe Fest 2. [19]

Track listing

All lyrics are written by Nikki Sixx.

No.TitleMusicLength
1."T.n.T. (Terror 'n Tinseltown)"Sixx0:42
2."Dr. Feelgood" Mick Mars, Sixx4:50
3."Slice of Your Pie"Sixx, Mars4:32
4."Rattlesnake Shake"Mars, Sixx, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee 3:40
5."Kickstart My Heart"Sixx4:48
6."Without You"Sixx, Mars4:29
7."Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)"Lee, Sixx, Neil, Mars4:12
8."Sticky Sweet"Mars, Sixx3:52
9."She Goes Down"Mars, Sixx4:37
10."Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)"Sixx, Mars4:40
11."Time for Change"Sixx, Donna McDaniel4:45
2003 Remastered Edition bonus tracks
No.TitleMusicLength
12."Dr. Feelgood" (demo version)Mars, Sixx4:42
13."Without You" (demo version)Sixx, Mars4:29
14."Kickstart My Heart" (demo version)Sixx4:48
15."Get It for Free" (unreleased track)Sixx4:14
16."Time for Change" (demo version)Sixx, McDaniel4:45
2009 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition bonus tracks (Released in North America)
No.TitleMusicLength
12."Dr. Feelgood" (live)Mars, Sixx5:12
13."Kickstart My Heart" (live)Sixx5:28
14."Without You" (live)Sixx, Mars3:06
15."Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)" (live)Lee, Sixx, Neil, Mars4:31
16."Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)" (live)Sixx, Mars4:14
2009 20th Anniversary Edition Double CD Deluxe Edition disc 2 (Released in Europe)
No.TitleMusicLength
1."Dr. Feelgood" (demo version)Mars, Sixx4:42
2."Without You" (demo version)Sixx, Mars4:29
3."Kickstart My Heart" (demo version)Sixx4:48
4."Get it for Free" (unreleased track)Sixx4:14
5."Time for Change" (demo version)Sixx, McDaniel4:45
6."Girls, Girls, Girls" (Live Around the World 89-90)Sixx, Lee, Mars5:41
7."Red Hot" (Live Around the World 89-90)Mars, Neil, Sixx3:22
8."All in the Name of Rock" (Live Around the World 89-90)Sixx, Neil4:54
9."Dr. Feelgood" (Live Around the World 89-90)Mars, Sixx6:41

Note

Personnel

Mötley Crüe

Additional musicians

Production

Dr. Feelgood The Videos

Dr Feelgood The Videos is a video album released in 1990 and features all the music videos from the album, concert footage, interviews and recording session footage.

Videos include

  1. "Dr. Feelgood"
  2. "Kickstart My Heart"
  3. "Without You"
  4. "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)"
  5. "Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)"

Charts

Certifications

CountryOrganizationYearSales
USA RIAA 19976x Platinum (+ 6,000,000) [5]
Canada CRIA 19903x Platinum (+ 300,000) [40]
UK BPI 1991Gold (+ 100,000) [6]
Switzerland IFPI Switzerland1991Gold (+ 25,000) [41]

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