Dr. Feelgood (album)

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Dr. Feelgood
Studio album by Mötley Crüe
Released September 1, 1989
Recorded Vancouver, Canada 1989
Genre Heavy metal
Glam metal
Length 45:07
Label Elektra
Producer Bob Rock
Mötley Crüe chronology
Raw Tracks
Dr. Feelgood
Decade of Decadence
Singles from Dr. Feelgood
  1. "Dr. Feelgood"
    Released: August 28, 1989
  2. "Kickstart My Heart"
    Released: November 20, 1989
  3. "Without You"
    Released: March 12, 1990
  4. "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)"
    Released: May 28, 1990
  5. "Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)"
    Released: July 31, 1990

Dr. Feelgood is the fifth album by the American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, released on September 1, 1989. This was the last album to feature Vince Neil on vocals until his return for the Generation Swine album in 1997.

Production and marketing[edit]

Canadian producer Bob Rock provided the record with a lush, vibrant sound, applying production values which had been lacking from the band's previous releases.[original research?]

Rock found the process of working with Mötley Crüe difficult, describing the band as "four L.A. bad asses who used to drink a bottle of wine and want to kill each other."[1] In order to minimize conflict and allow production of the record to proceed smoothly, Rock had each member record their parts separately.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[3]
Los Angeles Times 3/5 stars[4]
Record Collector 3/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[6]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[7]

Reviews for Dr. Feelgood have been mostly positive. Allmusic reviewer gave the album a rating of four-and-a-half stars out of five and claims that Mötley Crüe "savored the joys of trashy, unapologetically decadent fun on Dr. Feelgood -- an album that made no pretense at being anything else." He describes "Kickstart My Heart", "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)" and the title track as "hook-oriented MTV smashes" and claims that they helped make Dr. Feelgood the "best-selling Mötley Crüe album ever, as well as providing their first Top Ten singles."[2]

Dr. Feelgood topped the Billboard 200 chart,[8][9] being the first album Mötley Crüe had recorded after their quest for sobriety and rehabilitation in 1989. In addition to being Mötley Crüe's best selling album, it is widely regarded by music critics and fans as the band's best studio album.[citation needed]

Dr. Feelgood has sold more than 6 million copies in the U.S. to date,[10] and went Gold in the U.K.[11] In various interviews, members of Mötley Crüe stated that it was their most solid album from a musical standpoint, due in no small part to their collective push for sobriety.

"Dr. Feelgood" and "Kickstart My Heart" were both nominated for Grammy awards for Best Hard Rock Performance, but lost twice to Living Colour.[12]


The lyrics of "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)" feature a reference to a previous song by the band, "Too Young to Fall in Love".

Lars Ulrich of Metallica asked Bob Rock to produce their self-titled album after being impressed with Rock's production work on Dr. Feelgood.[13]

Nike SB created a shoe based on the album cover.

Other uses[edit]

As of October 14, 2008, the album, minus the opening track "T.N.T. (Terror 'N Tinseltown)" because of length and playability, has become downloadable content for the Rock Band video game series.

To mark the twentieth anniversary of the album, Mötley Crüe performed the album in its entirety at Crüe Fest 2.[14]

Mötley Crüe also won an award at the American Music Awards in January 1991 for Dr. Feelgood as the best Hard rock/Heavy metal album of the year.[15]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Nikki Sixx

No. Title Music Length
1. "T.nT. (Terror 'n Tinseltown)"   Sixx 0:42
2. "Dr. Feelgood"   Mick Mars, Sixx 4:50
3. "Slice of Your Pie"   Sixx, Mars 4:32
4. "Rattlesnake Shake"   Mars, Sixx, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee 3:40
5. "Kickstart My Heart"   Sixx 4:48
6. "Without You"   Sixx, Mars 4:29
7. "Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)"   Lee, Sixx, Neil, Mars 4:12
8. "Sticky Sweet"   Mars, Sixx 3:52
9. "She Goes Down"   Mars, Sixx 4:37
10. "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)"   Sixx, Mars 4:40
11. "Time for Change"   Sixx, Donna McDaniel 4:45
  • Disc one contains the original album

The original Korean LP edition does not contain the first two tracks, "T.N.T. (Terror 'N Tinseltown)" and "Dr. Feelgood".

Dr. Feelgood The Videos[edit]

"Dr Feelgood The Videos" is a video album released in 1991 and features all the music videos from the album, concert footage and interview and recording session footage.

Videos include

  1. "Dr. Feelgood"
  2. "Kickstart My Heart"
  3. "Without You"
  4. "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)"
  5. "Same Ol Situation (S.O.S.)"


Mötley Crüe[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Donna McDaniel – background vocals on album
  • Emi Canyn – background vocals on album
  • Bryan Adams – background vocals on "Sticky Sweet"
  • Sebastian Bach – background vocals on "Time for Change"
  • Robin Zander – background vocals on "She Goes Down"
  • Mike Amato – background vocals on "Time For Change", Production Coordination, Project Coordinator
  • Jack Blades – background vocals on "Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)" and "Sticky Sweet"
  • Bob Dowd – background vocals on "Time For Change"
  • Tom Keenlyside, Ian Putz, Ross Gregory, Henry Christian – marguerita horns on "Rattlesnake Shake"
  • Marc LaFrance – background vocals on all tracks
  • Rick Nielsen – background vocals on "She Goes Down"
  • Bob Rock – bass on "Time For Change", background vocals on "Dr. Feelgood", "Rattlesnake Shake", "Sticky Sweet", "She Goes Down"
  • David Steele – background vocals
  • Steven Tyler – background vocals on "Sticky Sweet" and intro to "Slice of Your Pie"
  • Ian Geiger – studio guitar and bass on some tracks
  • John Webster – honky tonk piano on "Rattlesnake Shake", various keyboards & programming


  • Produced By Bob Rock
  • Recorded & Engineered By Randy Staub, Matty Spindel & Bob Rock
  • Assistant Engineer: Chris Taylor
  • Mastered By George Marino
  • Bob Defrin – Art direction
  • Don Brautigam – Cover art illustration
  • William Hames – Photography
  • Kevin Brady – Artwork, Design

Chart positions[edit]


Year Chart Position
1989 The Billboard 200 1[9]


Year Single Chart Position
1989 "Dr. Feelgood" Billboard Hot 100 6[16]
Mainstream Rock Tracks 7[16]
"Kickstart My Heart" Mainstream Rock Tracks 18[16]
1990 Billboard Hot 100 27[16]
"Without You" Billboard Hot 100 8[16]
Mainstream Rock Tracks 11[16]
"Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)" Billboard Hot 100 19[16]
Mainstream Rock Tracks 13[16]
"Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)" Billboard Hot 100 78[16]
Mainstream Rock Tracks 34[16]


Organization Level Date
RIAA – United States Gold November 2, 1989
Platinum November 2, 1989
2x Platinum November 2, 1989
3x Platinum March 21, 1990
4x Platinum January 16, 1991
6x Platinum May 15, 1997
CRIA – Canada Gold Mar 08, 1990
Platinum Mar 08, 1990
2x Platinum Mar 08, 1990
3x Platinum Mar 08, 1990


  1. ^ Odell, M. "Twilight of the Gods", Blender, March 2005.[dead link]
  2. ^ a b Henderson, Alex. "Dr. Feelgood - Mötley Crüe". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Chicago Tribune review
  4. ^ Los Angeles Times review
  5. ^ Album reviews at CD Universe
  6. ^ Rolling Stone Album Guide
  7. ^ Sputnikmusic review
  8. ^ Weber, Barry & Greg Prato. "Mötley Crüe > Biography." Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2007-10-17.
  9. ^ a b "Album info Dr. Feelgood". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 19 August 2009. 
  10. ^ "RIAA Gold & Platinum database-Dr. Feelgood". Retrieved March 8, 2009. 
  11. ^ "BPI certified awards-Dr. Feelgood:Gold". Retrieved March 8, 2009. [dead link]
  12. ^ Grammy Awards:Best Hard Rock Performance
  13. ^ Rosen, Craig. The Billboard Book of Number One Albums. Billboard Books, 1996 ISBN 0-8230-7586-9
  14. ^ "Motley Crue to Play Dr. Feelgood in Its Entirety During Crue Fest 2". Retrieved March 21, 2009. 
  15. ^ "18th American Music Awards". Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Billboard singles chart history-Mötley Crüe". Retrieved March 8, 2009. 
Preceded by
Forever Your Girl by Paula Abdul
Billboard 200 number-one album
October 14, 1989 – October 27, 1989
Succeeded by
Rhythm Nation 1814 by Janet Jackson