Exposed (Vince Neil album)
|Studio album by Vince Neil|
|Released||April 27, 1993|
|Genre||Hard rock, heavy metal, Glam Metal|
|Vince Neil chronology|
- 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.
Vince Neil, together with then manager Bruce Bird and also 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 became included on the album. The original lineup 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. 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.
Robbie Crane says that he left the band after getting into a fight and punching Neil. Crane says in an interview conducted with Metal Sludge, that the band 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 says that he hit a drunken Neil, causing Neil to hit and cut his head open on a spike on the ground. Crane also said that Foxx was fired from the band after stealing equipment.
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 Pauly Shore movie Encino Man - a music video was later released for this version featuring a cameo from Shore. The track was later re-recorded for the album Exposed 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. These tracks include: "Blondes (Have More Fun)" and a cover of The Ramones’ "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.
- The band's first show was played at the Roxy. They called themselves, "Five Guys From Van Nuys."
- "Look in Her Eyes" (Neil, Stevens, Soussan) (5:51)
- "Sister of Pain" (Neil, Blades, Shaw) (5:02)
- "Can't Have Your Cake" (Neil, Stevens) (3:56)
- "Fine, Fine Wine" (Neil, Soussan) (4:12)
- "The Edge" (4:53) (Neil, Stevens, Soussan)
- "Can't Change Me" (Blades, Shaw) (4:39)
- "Set Me Free" (Andrew Scott) (Sweet cover) (4:03)
- "Living Is a Luxury" (Neil, Stevens) (5:39)
- "You're Invited (But Your Friend Can't Come)" (Neil, Blades, Shaw) (4:22)
- "Gettin' Hard" (Neil, Stevens, Soussan) (4:37)
- "Forever" (Neil, Stevens, Soussan) (5:11)
- "Blondes (Have More Fun)" (*Japanese bonus track*)
- "I Wanna Be Sedated" (*Japanese bonus track)
- Vince Neil – lead vocals
- Steve Stevens – lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass guitar
- Vikki Foxx – drums
- Dave Marshall – rhythm guitar (credited, but does not appear)
- Robbie Crane – bass guitar (credited, but does not appear)
Note: Dave Marshall and Robbie Crane joined as touring members after the completion of recording.