Exposed (Vince Neil album)

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Exposed
Studio album by Vince Neil
Released April 27, 1993
Recorded 1992
Studio Record Plant, Hollywood,
Rumbo Recorders, Canoga Park, California
Genre Hard rock, glam metal
Length 52:25
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Ron Nevison
Vince Neil chronology
Exposed
(1993)
Carved in Stone
(1995)
Singles from Exposed
  1. "You're Invited (But Your Friend Can't Come)"
    Released: 1992
  2. "Sister of Pain"
    Released: 1993
  3. "Can't Change Me"
    Released: 1993
  4. "Can't Have Your Cake"
    Released: 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[2]

Exposed is the debut solo album of former Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil following his exit from Mötley Crüe in 1992. The album was released in 1993 and it reached No. 13 on the US Billboard 200 chart.[3]

The album was recorded at the Record Plant in 1992. Vince titled the album, "Exposed" because he thought of the album as his moment in the spotlight no longer being a member of Mötley Crüe.

Vince's manager, Bruce Bird, died of a brain aneurysm during the recording. Vince later hired Burt Stein.

Album history[edit]

Vince Neil, together with then manager Bruce Bird and Jack Blades, originally approached long time friend and ex-Ozzy bassist Phil Soussan to help him write the album and put a band together. Soussan left his then current band Beggars & Thieves and wrote several tracks with Neil of which 5 were included on the album. The original line-up was to have featured Adrian Vandenberg of Whitesnake and Manic Eden on guitar but a switch was made at the last minute, at Warner Bros. recommendation, and Steve Stevens was hired. The former Billy Idol guitarist and Atomic Playboys founder, claims to have subsequently played all bass and guitar tracks on Exposed. During the final recording process, Soussan left the band after differences with Stevens, who had insisted on wanting to play bass on the album. Robbie Crane was then switched from rhythm guitar to bass, Dave Marshall was hired as rhythm guitarist and Vik Foxx continued to play drums.[4] The band's first show was played at the Roxy under the name "Five Guys From Van Nuys". The band eventually went on tour, opening for Van Halen.

After Phil Soussan left the band, a lawsuit ensued after Stevens tried to misrepresent the writing credits on Soussan's songs, and Soussan served an injunction on the record. With all the early evidence Soussan's claim was ultimately found to have merit and Stevens name was removed from the credits.

In an interview conducted with Metal Sludge, Robbie Crane said that he left the band after getting into a fight and punching Neil.[4] In that occasion, the band musicians had missed a show due to a broken down bus, and Neil had to perform with members of other bands (Slaughter and Warrant), and the two got into a heated exchange when Crane arrived at the venue. Crane said that he hit a drunken Neil, causing Neil to hit and cut his head open on a spike on the ground.[4] Crane also said that Foxx was fired from the band after stealing equipment.[4]

Content[edit]

The album includes Vince Neil's debut solo single "You're Invited (But Your Friend Can't Come)". The song exists in two different versions, the first of which was included on the soundtrack to the Les Mayfield movie Encino Man - a music video was later released for this version featuring a cameo from Pauly Shore. The track was later re-recorded for the album with Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens.

Also included is a cover version of "Set Me Free" from the Sweet’s Desolation Boulevard album, as well as a Soussan / Neil ballad titled "Forever", which was dedicated to his wife Sharise, who filed for divorce from Neil earlier that year. At the end of the song, there is a few seconds of silence followed by a little girl's voice saying "Oh No!" (this is Vince's deceased daughter Skylar). Pornstar Janine Lindemulder can also be seen in the video for the second single "Sister of Pain". Neil also recorded two bonus tracks for the Japanese edition: "Blondes (Have More Fun)" and The Ramones’ cover "I Wanna Be Sedated".

The song "Can't Change Me" was released as the third single and "Can't Have Your Cake" was released as the fourth single which also features a music video. The video would feature an up-and-coming starlet by the name of Pamela Anderson, and Vince Neil's son Neil Wharton, who portrayed a young Vince Neil in the video. Neil also shot a video for, "Can't Change Me" which was filmed at the Record Plant.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Look in Her Eyes"   Vince Neil, Steve Stevens, Phil Soussan 5:51
2. "Sister of Pain"   Neil, Jack Blades, Tommy Shaw 5:02
3. "Can't Have Your Cake"   Neil, Stevens 3:56
4. "Fine, Fine Wine"   Neil, Soussan 4:12
5. "The Edge"   Neil, Stevens, Soussan 4:53
6. "Can't Change Me"   Blades, Shaw 4:39
7. "Set Me Free" (Sweet cover) Andrew Scott 4:03
8. "Living Is a Luxury"   Neil, Stevens 5:39
9. "You're Invited (But Your Friend Can't Come)"   Neil, Blades, Shaw 4:22
10. "Gettin' Hard"   Neil, Stevens, Soussan 4:37
11. "Forever"   Neil, Stevens, Soussan 5:11
Japanese Edition bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Blondes (Have More Fun)" (Rod Stewart cover) Jim Cregan, Rod Stewart 3:48
13. "I Wanna Be Sedated" (The Ramones cover) Dee Dee Ramone, Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone 3:30

Personnel[edit]

Band members[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Ron Nevison - producer, engineer
  • Craig Brock, Andy Udoff, Ben Wallach - assistant engineers
  • Chris Lord-Alge - mixing at Image Recorders, Hollywood

References[edit]

  1. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "Vince Neil - Exposed review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2015-01-01. 
  2. ^ Eddy, Chuck (2 September 1993). "Album Reviews: Vince Neil - Exposed". Archived from the original on 12 December 2008. Retrieved 2015-01-01. 
  3. ^ "Exposed Billboard Albums". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2015-01-01. 
  4. ^ a b c d "20 Questions With Robbie Crane". Metal Sludge. 1 January 2002. Retrieved 2015-01-01.