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Decade of Decadence
Greatest hits album by Mötley Crüe
Released October 1, 1991
Recorded 1981–1991
Genre Heavy metal
Glam metal
Length 62:48
Label Elektra
Producer Various
Mötley Crüe chronology
Dr. Feelgood
(1989)
Decade of Decadence
(1991)
Mötley Crüe
(1994)
Singles from Decade of Decadence
  1. "Primal Scream"
    Released: 1991
  2. "Home Sweet Home '91"
    Released: 1991
  3. "Anarchy in the U.K."
    Released: 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Entertainment Weekly B+ [2]
Robert Christgau (neither) [3]

Decade of Decadence is a greatest hits compilation album by Mötley Crüe, released on October 1, 1991 and charted at number 2 on The Billboard 200.[4] It was the sixth album and the first of many greatest hits compilations released by the group. Though it was intended to be the band's first compilation album, the content was unlike a standard compilation release.

Background[edit]

As well as six of the band's big hits, it featured three remixes ("Live Wire (Kick Ass '91 Remix)", "Piece of Your Action (Screamin' '91 Remix)" and "Home Sweet Home '91 Remix"), a soundtrack contribution ("Rock N' Roll Junkie"), a compilation album track "Teaser" (previously released on the Stairway to Heaven/Highway to Hell album), a previously unreleased live track ("Kickstart My Heart (Live in Dallas, Texas)") and three newly recorded songs "Primal Scream", "Angela" and "Anarchy in the U.K.".

The album debuted at US #2 (placing to Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion II) and was certified double platinum by the RIAA.

The remix version of "Home Sweet Home" was the band's 8th and final Top 40 hit in 1991, reaching #37 on the Billboard Hot 100. The original 1985 version only reached #89 on the same chart.

Music videos were made for the three singles to promote the album. "Primal Scream", "Home Sweet Home '91", and "Anarchy in the U.K." which was largely shot on the bands Monsters of Rock tour in Europe.

"Rock N' Roll Junkie" had been featured in the Andrew Dice Clay movie, "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane" which featured a cameo by Vince Neil. (Vince's son started a Motley tribute band called, "The Rock N' Roll Junkies.")

The songs, "Smokin' in the Boys Room", "Teaser" and "Anarchy in the U.K." are all cover songs, originally recorded by Brownsville Station, Tommy Bolin, and Sex Pistols respectively. (During an MTV interview in 1991, Tommy stated that Vince recorded his parts for Anarchy in the UK in one take. Vince has stated that John Lydon called him saying the cover was brilliant.)

Reissue[edit]

The album is now out of print, having been replaced by Greatest Hits in 1998 and in 2009 . The latter compilation featured a different track order, including previously unreleased material. The songs, "Teaser", "Rock N' Roll Junkie", "Primal Scream", "Angela", and "Anarchy in the U.K." were reissued on the Supersonic and Demonic Relics compilation in 1999, and the remixes of "Live Wire", "Piece of Your Action", "Home Sweet Home" and the live version of "Kickstart My Heart" were reissued on the Music to Crash Your Car to: Vol. 2 box set.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Live Wire" (Kick Ass '91 Remix) Nikki Sixx 3:16
2. "Piece of Your Action" (Screamin' '91 Remix) Vince Neil, Sixx 4:39
3. "Shout at the Devil"   Sixx 3:14
4. "Looks That Kill"   Sixx 4:08
5. "Home Sweet Home '91" (Remix) Neil, Sixx, Tommy Lee 4:01
6. "Smokin' in the Boys Room"   Cub Koda, Michael Lutz 3:27
7. "Girls, Girls, Girls"   Mick Mars, Sixx, Lee 4:29
8. "Wild Side"   Neil, Sixx, Lee 4:40
9. "Dr. Feelgood"   Mars, Sixx 4:48
10. "Kickstart My Heart" (Live at Dallas, Texas, July 1990) Sixx 4:57
11. "Teaser"   Tommy Bolin, Jeff Cook 5:16
12. "Rock 'N' Roll Junkie"   Mars, Sixx, Lee 4:01
13. "Primal Scream" (Previously unreleased) Sixx, Neil, Mars, Lee 4:46
14. "Angela" (Previously unreleased) Neil, Mars, Sixx, Lee 3:54
15. "Anarchy in the U.S.A" (Sex Pistols cover) Johnny Rotten, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock, Paul Cook 3:20

Singles[edit]

1. Primal Scream

2. Home Sweet Home '91

3. Anarchy in the U.K.

4. Angela

Certifications[edit]

Organization Level Date
RIAA – United States Gold November 22, 1991
Platinum November 22, 1991
2x Platinum January 14, 1997
CRIA – Canada Gold Oct 24, 1991
Platinum Oct 24, 1991

Video album[edit]

The Decade of Decadence video album was released on March 24, 1992. The video features new interviews and the bands full catalog of music videos. The package includes the previously released video albums "Uncensored" and "Dr. Feelgood The Videos" and also includes live clips, music videos from the album "Girls, Girls, Girls" and the three new music videos: "Primal Scream", "Home Sweet Home '91", and "Anarchy in the U.K.". The video album was directed by Brian Lockwood

Track listing[edit]

  1. Live Wire
  2. Looks That Kill
  3. Too Young to Fall in Love
  4. Smokin' in the Boys Room
  5. Home Sweet Home
  6. Girls, Girls, Girls (Uncensored Version)
  7. Wild Side
  8. You’re All I Need
  9. Dr. Feelgood (UK Edit Version)
  10. All in the Name of... (Live Moscow 08/89)
  11. Kickstart My Heart
  12. Without You
  13. Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
  14. Same Ol' Situation
  15. Primal Scream
  16. Anarchy in the U.K.
  17. Home Sweet Home '91

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