How Grunge Music Influenced Motley Crue

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Grunge music emerged in the early 1990s and quickly gained popularity for its raw, unpolished sound. This new style of music had a major impact on the hard rock band Motley Crue, who were influenced by grunge’s do-it-yourself attitude and stripped-down aesthetic. In this blog post, we’ll explore how grunge music influenced Motley Crue’s sound and style.


It’s hard to imagine now, but there was a time when grunge music was all the rage. This style of music, which emerged in the early 1990s, was characterized by its dark and depressing lyrical themes, as well as its loud and distorted sound. While grunge music was initially popularized by bands such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam, it eventually went on to influence a wide range of other artists, including the iconic rock band Motley Crue.

In interviews, Motley Crue members have spoken about how they were initially inspired by the grunge movement. Nikki Sixx, the band’s bassist, has said that he was particularly drawn to the “raw” sound of grunge music. He has also said that he appreciated the fact that grunge bands were not “polished” in their approach to songwriting and performing.

While Motley Crue may not have been a typical grunge band, there is no doubt that the movement had a significant influence on their sound and aesthetics. In particular, the band’s 1994 album “Motley Crue” features several songs with dark and angsty lyrics that would not have been out of place on a Nirvana record. The album’s cover art also includes a photo of the band members looking disheveled and dejected, which was clearly meant to evoke the aesthetic of grunge music.

Motley Crue may be best known for their party-hard image and their catchy pop-metal anthems, but it’s important to remember that they were also heavily influenced by grunge music. The next time you listen to one of their records, take a moment to appreciate how this groundbreaking movement helped shape one of rock’s most iconic bands.

The birth of grunge and its influence on Motley Crue

In the late 80s and early 90s, a new type of rock music emerged from the underground music scene in Seattle. This new style of music, which came to be known as grunge, was characterized by its raw, unpolished sound and dark, introspective lyrics. Grunge quickly gained popularity among young people who were disillusioned with the glossy, commercially-oriented rock music that dominated the airwaves. Motley Crue, a popular hair metal band, was among the first to be influenced by grunge.

The Seattle music scene in the early 1990s

The Seattle music scene in the early 1990s was a hotbed of musical activity, with a number of different genres and styles coalescing to create a unique sound. One of the most influential genres to emerge from this scene was grunge, which blended elements of punk and metal to create a New American sound. While grunge would go on to have a profound influence on mainstream music in the 1990s, it also had a significant impact on one of the world’s most popular heavy metal bands: Motley Crue.

Motley Crue had been one of the leading lights of the 1980s metal scene, but by the early 1990s they were starting to feel like dinosaurs. Their image was too flashy and their music too polished for the new generation of music fans. But then they met Kurt Cobain, the frontman of Nirvana, one of the biggest grunge bands in the world. Cobain was a huge fan of Motley Crue, and he convinced them to change their sound and embrace some of the rougher edges of grunge. The result was their 1994 album “Motley Crue,” which was darker and heavier than anything they had done before. It was a commercial and critical success, and it cemented Motley Crue’s position as one of the most important heavy metal bands in the world. Thanks in part to Kurt Cobain, they had found a new lease on life.

The grunge music explosion

The grunge music explosion of the early 1990s was a game-changer for the music industry. Grunge music, with its dark and brooding lyrics and electric guitars, became the dominant sound of the time, replacing the previous bubblegum pop that ruled the airwaves. For many bands, grunge was a major influence on their sound and style. One of these bands was Motley Crue.

Motley Crue is a heavy metal band that formed in Los Angeles in 1981. The band’s original lineup consisted of vocalist Vince Neil, guitarist Mick Mars, bassist Nikki Sixx, and drummer Tommy Lee. Motley Crue’s music was known for its fast tempos, heavy guitars, and partying lyrics. The band gained popularity in the 1980s with their album Shout at the Devil (1983).

In the early 1990s, Motley Crue started to experiment with their sound. They began to incorporate more elements of grunge into their music, such as downtuned guitars and angsty lyrics. This new direction was most evident on their album Dr. Feelgood (1989), which was their most successful album to date. It featured the hits “Kickstart My Heart” and “Without You.”

While grunge may have had a major influence on Motley Crue’s sound, the band continued to party hard and embrace their bad-boy image. In 1991, they released the album Decade of Decadence, which featured a compilation of their greatest hits from the 1980s. The album was certified diamond by the RIAA for sales of over 10 million copies in the United States.

Motley Crue continued to tour and release new music throughout the 1990s and 2000s. In 2014, they announced that they would be going on an extended hiatus. Although grunge is no longer as popular as it once was, Motley Crue remains one of the most successful bands of all time thanks in part to their willingness to experiment with their sound.

Motley Crue’s reaction to grunge

Motley Crue was one of the most successful hair metal bands of the 80s. But by the early 90s, their brand of hard rock was becoming increasingly out of step with the times. The explosion of grunge music had relegated bands like Motley Crue to the margins of rock culture.

In response, Motley Crue decided to change their sound and image, in an attempt to stay relevant. They embrace some of the trappings of grunge, such as flannel shirts and long hair. But they also took things in a more extreme direction, further emphasizing their bad-boy image with songs about sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

The result was their 1994 album ‘Motley Crue,’ which was a commercial flop. The album was panned by critics and fans alike. It failed to sell well, and Motley Crue found themselves on the sidelines of rock culture once again.

The influence of grunge on Motley Crue’s music

The grunge movement of the early 1990s had a profound impact on the music industry, and its effects are still felt today. One of the most popular bands of the 80s, Motley Crue, was influenced by grunge and produced some of their best work in the post-grunge era. In this article, we’ll take a look at how grunge music influenced Motley Crue and how the band adapted to the changing musical landscape.

The change in Motley Crue’s sound

In the early 1990s, grunge music was all the rage. Bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam became household names, and their raw, unpolished sound was a far cry from the glitz and glamour of rock icons like Motley Crue.

So how did this sudden shift in the music industry affect Motley Crue? In a word: drastically.

Grunge’s popularity signaled the beginning of the end for hair metal bands like Motley Crue. Overnight, the demand for their music disappeared, and record sales plummeted. In order to stay relevant, Motley Crue was forced to change their sound and adopt a more grunge-inspired aesthetic.

Gone were the days of big hair and tight spandex; in their place were flannel shirts and baggy jeans. The band’s image wasn’t the only thing that changed, either. Motley Crue’s music took on a darker, heavier tone, with lyrics that dealt with more serious topics than party anthems and love songs.

It’s safe to say that grunge had a profound impact on Motley Crue’s career. Love them or hate them, there’s no denying that Nirvana and company changed the face of rock & roll forever.

The change in Motley Crue’s image

The change in Motley Crue’s image was most likely due to the Seattle grunge movement. Prior to the grunge movement, Motley Crue were known for their wild parties, drug use, and debauchery. However, after the grunge movement began to take hold in the early 1990s, Motley Crue’s image began to change. The band members started to dress more casually, and they began to write songs that were more introspective and personal. This new direction culminated in the release of the album ‘Dr. Feelgood’ in 1989, which was a huge commercial success. While Motley Crue may not have been a true grunge band, their music was definitely influenced by the grunge movement.

The legacy of grunge and Motley Crue

Grunge music emerged in the early 1990s as a response to the overproduced and polished hair metal that dominated the airwaves. Grunge bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Alice in Chains brought a more raw and stripped-down sound that resonate with many fans. Motley Crue was one of the hair metal bands that were influenced by grunge.

Grunge was a rock music genre that emerged in the mid-1980s. It was characterized by a dirty, distorted sound and lyrics about alienation, apathy, and disaffection. Grunge became popular in the early 1990s, with bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden achieving mainstream success. The genre declined in popularity later in the decade, but its influence can still be felt in popular music today.

Motley Crue is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. The band was formed in 1981 by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee. The band achieved commercial success in the 1980s with their second album, Shout at the Devil (1983), and continued to record and tour extensively throughout the decade. In the early 1990s, Motley Crue’s popularity declined due to the rise of grunge and alternative rock. However, the band has continued to tour and release new music over the past two decades.

The impact of grunge on popular culture was far-reaching. The genre challenged established conventions of both music and fashion, while also providing a counterpoint to the excesses of 1980s popular culture. Grunge also had a significant impact on heavy metal music, with bands like Motley Crue adopting a more stripped-down sound in response to the popularity of grunge.

The legacy of Motley Crue

What do grunge and Motley Crue have in common? Not much, on the surface. One was a musical movement that renounced the excesses of ’80s hair metal, while the other was the epitome of ’80s hair metal excess. But dig a little deeper, and you’ll find that grunge and Motley Crue actually have a lot in common.

For one thing, both grunge and Motley Crue came from the Seattle area. Grunge was born out of the city’s underground music scene, while Motley Crue was formed in Los Angeles but got their start playing clubs in Seattle. Both groups were influenced by punk rock and hard rock, and both took a DIY approach to their careers.

Of course, the biggest similarity between grunge and Motley Crue is their attitude. Both groups rebelled against the status quo, whether it was the polished sound of ’80s hair metal or the tyranny of The Man. For Motley Crue, this meant living a life of debauchery and breaking all the rules. For grunge bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam, it meant creating raw, honest music that spoke to the disenfranchised youth of Generation X.

In many ways, Motley Crue were the last gasp of ’80s hair metal, while Nirvana were the first waves of grunge. But without Motley Crue’s influence, it’s doubtful that grunge would have ever happened. So without further ado, let’s take a look at how grunge music influenced Motley Crue!

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