L to R: Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Tommy Lee
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Today marks the 35th anniversary of one of the most ground breaking metal albums released on this day, September 26 in 1983, by the one and only Motley Crue called “Shout at the Devil” on Elektra Records.
This is the album that put Motley Crue on the map and pushed the band to international stardom. When the album was first released, the band came under fire for not only the use of a pentagram on the cover, but also the album title. Additionally, the band were presumed to be Satan worshipers. Bassist Nikki Sixx explained in several interviews that the title is “Shout AT the Devil” not with the devil and was surprised that others seemed to get a different impression. To quell the controversy, when future editions of the album were released, the cover was changed to pictures of the 4 members of the band.
Shout at the Devil reached #17 on the Billboard 200 chart and the songs “Looks That Kill” and “Too Young to Fall in Love” were chart hits as well. The videos for both songs were extremely popular on Headbanger’s Ball on MTV .
The track listing for “Shout at the Devil” is as follows:
- In The Beginning
- Shout at the Devil
- Looks That Kill
- God Bless the Children of the Beast (instrumental)
- Helter Skelter (Beatles cover)
- Red Hot
- Too Young to Fall in Love
- Knock ‘Em Dead, Kid
- Ten Seconds to Love
“In the Beginning” is narrated by engineer and producer Geoff Workman, who worked with such bands as Queen, Twisted Sister and Journey to name a few.
While the band has vowed and signed a contract that they will never tour as Motley Crue again, Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx have both confirmed that the band has reunited and are in the studio only to record new music, as well as songs for the upcoming movie adaptation of their autobiography “The Dirt” which began shooting this past February. The Crue legacy lives on!
SO COME NOW CHILDREN OF THE BEAST,
BE STRONG AND SHOUT AT THE DEVIL