Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Retro Video of the Week: "Girls Girls Girls" by Mötley Crüe

No Tuesday Top Ten yesterday because it was damn near 90 degrees, and after the shitty weather we've recently had, I certainly wasn't going to waste the evening sitting at a computer.  Not that I don't love you guys.

Speaking of love, Monday was the 30th anniversary of the release of Mötley Crüe's seminal Girls Girls Girls album.  The band's 1985 album Theatre of Pain kind of fell flat -- despite MTV hits "Smokin' In the Boys Room" and "Home Sweet Home" -- because it seemed like there were to many "fillers" on the album and not enough "killers."  Released in 1987, Girls Girls Girls busted the minor slump, hitting #2 on the Billboard album charts (the band's highest-charting album up to that point), and generally kicking ass from top to bottom.  If there was ever an album that exemplified the Sunset Strip in the '80s, this was it, as the band drew from its partying and tomfoolery as inspiration for most of the songs on the album.  Eventually, the album went quadruple platinum in the US.

The title track is the first Mötley Crüe song I really remember hearing.  I'm sure I had heard something off of Theatre of Pain (probably the two aforementioned songs), but it was "Girls Girls Girls" that made me pay attention to Mötley Crüe.  The song is a rocking and catchy ode to strip clubs, mentioning various establishments (several of which were on the Sunset Strip) and praising all those girls girls girls.  Of course, as a 9-year-old, I didn't quite understand that the Seventh Veil referred to a titty bar in LA or that the "girls girls girls" to which the song refers were showing off their privates for money, but that didn't make me love the song any less.  The video was filmed at the Seventh Veil, and represents what I assume was a typical day in the band's life at that time.  I'm not even sure they knew they were being filmed. Sadly, a video like this could never be made these days. You know, because of the liberals.

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