Lost or Forgotten Oldie of the Day 09/27/2019

Mötley Crüe was formed in the US in 1981 and started life as a hard rock and heavy metal band. The four singles from their first album failed to chart at all. In 1984 the group was the opening act for Ozzy Osbourne’s tour, and that helped them reach a larger audience. The third and fourth singles from their second album reached the teens on the Mainstream Rock chart but still failed to get near the top forty on the Hot 100.

That all changed with their third album. Their live shows took a turn towards glam metal as they began to add flame thrower guitars, roller coaster drums kits, and heavy use of pyrotechnics to their shows. Their first single from the album was Smokin’ In The Boys Room, a 1985 cover of the Brownsville Station single that reached #3 in 1973. The single reached #7 on the Mainstream Rock chart but more importantly reached #16 and gave the group their first top forty single on the Hot 100.

The original video by Brownsville Station mostly featured smoking apes and monkeys while the Mötley Crüe video was a more involved drama of life in high school.

Mötley Crüe went on to sell over 100 million albums and have six more top forty singles by 1991. Their success on the Mainstream Rock chart still continues as they had a top ten single there in 2019.


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