Dr. Feelgood (album)

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Dr. Feelgood
Studio album by Mötley Crüe
Released September 1, 1989
Recorded 1989
Studio Little Mountain Sound Studios, Vancouver, Canada
Genre Heavy metal, glam metal
Length 45:07
Label Elektra
Producer Bob Rock
Mötley Crüe chronology
Raw Tracks
(1987)
Dr. Feelgood
(1989)
Decade of Decadence
(1991)
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 studio 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. Dr. Feelgood topped the Billboard 200 chart and was the first album Mötley Crüe recorded after their quest for sobriety and rehabilitation in 1989.[1] 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.

Recording[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."[2] In order to minimize conflict and allow production of the record to proceed smoothly, Rock had each member record their parts separately.[2]

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".

Release[edit]

Dr. Feelgood has sold more than 6 million copies in the U.S. to date,[3] and went Gold in the U.K.[4] 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.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[5]
BBC Music (favourable)[6]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[7]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/5 stars[8]
Martin Popoff 7/10 stars[9]
Metal Storm (9.0/10)[10]
Record Collector 3/5 stars[11]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[12]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[13]

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."[5]

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

Legacy[edit]

Lars Ulrich of Metallica asked Bob Rock to produce their self-titled album after being impressed with Rock's production work on Dr. Feelgood.[16]

Nike SB created a shoe based on the album cover.

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.[17]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Nikki Sixx

No. Title Music Length
1. "T.n.T. (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

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

Personnel[edit]

Mötley Crüe[edit]

  • Vince Neil – lead and backing vocals, harmonica, shakers
  • Mick Mars – all guitars, backing vocals
  • Nikki Sixx – bass guitars, backing vocals, organ and piano on "Time for Change"
  • Tommy Lee – drums, percussion, backing vocals

Additional musicians[edit]

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

Production[edit]

  • Bob Rock - producer, engineer, mixing
  • Randy Staub - engineer, mixing
  • Chris Taylor - assistant engineer
  • George Marino - mastering at Sterling Sound, New York
  • Bob Defrin – art direction
  • Don Brautigam – cover art illustration
  • William Hames – photography
  • Kevin Brady – artwork, design
  • Mike Amato - project coordinator

Charts[edit]

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

Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1997 6x Platinum (+ 6,000,000)[3]
Canada CRIA 1990 3x Platinum (+ 300,000)[38]
UK BPI 1991 Gold (+ 100,000)[4]
Switzerland IFPI Switzerland 1991 Gold (+ 25,000)[39]

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.)"

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