Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)

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"Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)"
Single by Mötley Crüe
from the album Dr. Feelgood
Released May 28, 1990
Recorded 1988-89
Genre Glam metal, hard rock
Length 4:40
Writer(s) Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars
Certification Platinum
Mötley Crüe singles chronology
"Without You"
(1990)
"Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)"
(1990)
"Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)"
(1990)

"Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)" is a power ballad by Mötley Crüe. It is the tenth track from their 1989 album Dr. Feelgood and was released as the album's fourth single in May 1990. It peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #13 on the Mainstream rock charts.[1]

Bassist Nikki Sixx told Rolling Stone: "I saw that line in a movie somewhere, I can't even remember what movie. I thought, 'Great idea for a song.' A little tongue in cheek. A little sarcasm there." The movie referred to by Sixx could have been Heartbreak Ridge from 1986. Vocalist Vince Neil added: "That's a great song. We've been playing it for years. I love to play guitar and sing that song. It's kind of a feel-good song. When that song comes on everybody wants to sing along with you." This song also contains lyrical references to 1984's "Too Young to Fall in Love". The phrase "Don't go away mad, just go away" is also used in the song "Just Go Away" on Blondie's 1978 album Parallel Lines.

The music video shows Neil leaving New York City to join his bandmates in Los Angeles for rehearsal. Produced by Sharon Oreck through O Pictures, "Don't Go Away Mad" is the second of two Crüe videos to be directed by Mary Lambert[2] under the alias "Blanche White"[3] ("blanche" meaning "white" in French).

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