Mötley Crüe – 1983 Album “Shout At The Devil” Is Stone’s Metal Pick Of The Day!


Mötley Crüe – Released back in 1983, on Elektra, the sophomore album Shout At The Devil, from Mötley Crüe, launched them into the Heavy Metal stratosphere and the rest is Mötley Crüe history. What an album then and now. Seriously, when I first heard Shout At The Devil, there wasn’t another band in the land that sounded like Mötley Crüe. From the thickly heavy bass of Nikki Sixx and loud drumming of Tommy Lee, to the riffage fest that Mick Mars was playing; every car at all the hot hangouts and keg fields had this cassette blaring through the speakers back then!

I never took Mötley Crüe for a Hair Metal band until 1985’s Theatre Of Pain. Really. My interpretation of Too Fast For Love and Shout At The Devil was never Hair Metal; then again, that genre tag probably took awhile to hit my old neck of the woods anyhow. Bands were popping up so fast in those early 80’s, with albums being released faster, that I could care in the least about what genre a band was as they were coming out of L.A.; if it looked and sounded like Heavy Metal, then it probably was Heavy Metal. Thrash was Thrash, however. That’s how I approached it all those decades ago.

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I remember liking Vince Neil’s vocals from the get-go, thinking that he and Mötley Crüe were taking a cool slice of Punk and mixing it with Heavy Metal. As I compared Shout At The Devil to their debut album, I couldn’t believe this was the same band. The tough-ass attitude and flamboyant personalities of these guys called Mötley Crüe, I really dug as a teenager. Seeing this band live during their heyday was UNBELIEVABLE. Metal be thy name it was.

My three favorite songs from Shout At The Devil are not the obvious: Bastard, Knock ‘Em Dead, Kid and Ten Seconds To Love. I always wished Mötley Crüe made an entire album that had that real heavy and fast sound like Bastard. What a song. Shout At The Devil is my favorite Mötley Crüe album, without question. Strong and incredibly memorable songs, with a heightened potency of sound that continues to lift my Metal spirit in 2012.

Original Shout At The Devil album cover.

I never owned Shout At The Devil on vinyl. I still have my original cassette of Shout At The Devil too. Yes, I did upgrade to CD and the remastered version has four demos and one unreleased track. The demos are a fun listen, they’re raw, lean, and crusty around the edges. They’re demos and they still Rock! The unreleased track I Will Survive is damn right cool, it isn’t as heavy duty as the other songs on the original Shout At The Devil track list. Still, it’s a song that cannot be ignored for it is loaded with memorable rhythm and lyrics.

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Shout At The Devil – Track Listing:

In The Beginning

Shout At The Devil

Looks That Kill

Bastard

God Bless The Children Of The Beast

Helter Skelter

Red Hot

Too Young To Fall In Love

Knock ‘Em Dead, Kid

Ten Seconds To Love

Danger

Bonus Tracks On Remastered Version:

Shout At The Devil (Demo)

Looks That Kill (Demo)

Hotter Than Hell (Demo)

I Will Survive (Unreleased Track)

Too Young To Fall In Love (Demo)

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Mötley Crüe should be inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Metal. Be. Thy. Name.

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For more info on Mötley Crüe, click on the link below:

Mötley Crüe

Long Live Mötley Crüe.

Stone.

17 Responses to “Mötley Crüe – 1983 Album “Shout At The Devil” Is Stone’s Metal Pick Of The Day!”

  1. Melody of the Soul Says:

    Great post! I think Mötley Crüe is one of the most special bands for me. That’s why they still rock no matter what because they are different from the other 80s glam metal bands out there! They still have so much energy after all these years and it’s awesome. 😀

    One thing I don’t like is Vince Neil’s voice though. It’s not as good as before and we can see it in live shows but hey, Mötley is not about Vince Neil 😀

    • Metal Odyssey Says:

      Thanx \m/

      I know… many singers voices have changed over the (gulp) decades. Like you’ve said, it’s not all about Vince Neil. I don’t even bother writing about the “personal trials and errors” either… I leave that for the tabloids.

      • Melody of the Soul Says:

        I have watched a live performance of Vince where he fell down or something and he sounded terrible 😀 Nevertheless, I am gonna see Mötley live on June 😀

        Yeah, the word “wild” described Mötley Crüe pretty well 😛

        • Metal Odyssey Says:

          I did see Vince Neil solo a couple of years ago… he wasn’t singing all the lyrics to the songs… his band Rocked and the hot outdoor weather combined with brews made it a fun time. 🙂

  2. 1983/1984 was a great year for Heavy Metal, and Keg Parties!! Cheers🍻

  3. Wow! What an album. I remember the controversy that this gem produced back in the day. That album is the best release from the Crue in my opinion and your picks for the top 3 songs are perfect. This whole album is fantastic and to this day is still a great listen.

    • Metal Odyssey Says:

      Thanks! Yeah… the same morons “back then” who thought Ozzy was a devil worshiper thought the same for Motley Crue. LOL!

  4. I was at the 1991 concert when Tommy Lee fell out of his drum cage in 1991. That was a great concert till then.

  5. atothewr Says:

    I remember a friend of mine bringing this over when I was just a kid. The years they fly by. I still love the obvious cut on here “Shout at the Devil”. That is a hard song not to turn the radio up to.

    Great post.

    • Metal Odyssey Says:

      Thanks! Yes, “Shout At The Devil” is a grand Heavy Metal anthem! The years do fly by… I’m just psyched so many old school bands are still around making quality records!! \m/

  6. Shout at The Devil is by far my favourite Motley Crue album. At the time I thought and still do that this album was total metal.

  7. Nice article – and I like your favourites from the album,,,

    • Metal Odyssey Says:

      Thanks! The more I think about it, this is one of those albums that I could never, ever grow tired of. Never. Whoa.

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