New Tattoo

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New Tattoo
Studio album by Mötley Crüe
Released July 11, 2000
Recorded 1999-2000
Genre Heavy metal
Glam metal
Length 43:22
Label Mötley
Eleven Seven
Producer Mike Clink
Mötley Crüe chronology
Live: Entertainment or Death
(1999)
New Tattoo
(2000)
20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Mötley Crüe
(2003)
Singles from New Tattoo
  1. "Hell on High Heels"
    Released: 2000
  2. "New Tattoo"
    Released: 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
The Daily Vault B+[2]
Entertainment Weekly D+[3]
Orlando Weekly (unfavorable)[4]
People (unfavorable)[5]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[6]

New Tattoo is the eighth studio album by the American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe released in 2000. Artistically, New Tattoo shows the band going back to their earlier musical style that gave them commercial success in the 1980s. Longtime drummer Tommy Lee left the band a year before, and was replaced by former Ozzy Osbourne drummer Randy Castillo on the album. The songs "Hell on High Heels" which charted at number 13 on the Mainstream rock charts, "New Tattoo" and "Treat Me Like the Dog I Am" were also released as singles for the album. The album cover was inspired by Bruce Dickinson's album cover "Tattooed Millionaire" which is said to be about the tattooed millionaire bassist Nikki Sixx after having sex with Bruce's wife unknowingly in which that Nikki revealed in Mötley Crüe's book The Dirt leading Bruce to find out.

Album[edit]

Background[edit]

The original line up of Mötley Crüe, which consisted of singer Vince Neil, bassist Nikki Sixx, drummer Tommy Lee and guitarist Mick Mars, had reunited for the Generation Swine album and tour in 1997 mainly out of pressure from their management and record company.[7] Even though the group had reunited, problems still existed between Lee and Neil, as Lee felt that the band had been going in a backward direction since Neil rejoined the group. Lee was also having domestic problems with his wife, model Pamela Anderson, which, after an altercation following an argument, led to him serving time in jail.[8]

During this time, Mötley Crüe and Elektra Records severed their 17 year relationship together, with Mötley Crüe gaining full ownership of its music catalog and publishing rights.[8] The break with Elektra allowed the group to form its own label, Mötley Records, to release future projects on.[8]

Lee's legal problems forced the band to decline invitations from Ozzfest and various radio festivals,[8] though the band managed to record two new songs for their 1998 Greatest Hits album, "Bitter Pill" and "Enslaved," which were more in vein of their 1980s output compared to their work during the 1990s.

While Lee was in prison, he decided that he was going to leave Mötley Crüe and start his own project, which eventually became Methods of Mayhem. Lee stayed with the group for the tour of their greatest hits album, but after each show he would retreat to his portable studio and work on material for his new project.[7]

Recording[edit]

Mötley Crüe teamed up with producer Mike Clink to record the album that Sixx felt should have been the successor to their 1989 album, Dr. Feelgood.[7] With Lee gone, the band hired Neil's longtime friend Randy Castillo, who was Ozzy Osbourne's drummer for 10 years, to take his place.

Reaction[edit]

New Tattoo debuted at #41 on the Billboard 200 and slid down shortly after.[9] According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album has sold about 203,000 copies in the U.S. to date.[10] Right before the tour in support of the album, Castillo fell ill. He was consequently replaced by Hole drummer Samantha Maloney. Two years after the release of the album, Castillo died.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Hell on High Heels" (Mick Mars, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx) – 4:15
  2. "Treat Me Like the Dog I Am" (James Michael, Sixx) – 3:40
  3. "New Tattoo" (Mars, Michael, Sixx) – 4:18
  4. "Dragstrip Superstar" (Michael, Sixx) – 4:22
  5. "1st Band on the Moon" (Sixx) – 4:25
  6. "She Needs Rock & Roll" (Michael, Sixx) – 3:59
  7. "Punched in the Teeth by Love" (Randy Castillo, Mars, Neil, Sixx) – 3:32
  8. "Hollywood Ending" (Michael, Sixx) – 3:43
  9. "Fake" (Michael, Sixx) – 3:44
  10. "Porno Star" (Sixx) – 3:45
  11. "White Punks on Dope" (Michael Evans, Bill Spooner, Roger Steen) – 3:39
  12. "Timebomb" (Castillo, Mars, Neil, Sixx) – 4:38 (European Edition Bonus Track)

Japanese Edition[edit]

  • 12. "1st Band on the Moon" (demo version) (Sixx) – 4:33
  • 13. "Porno Star" (demo version) (Sixx) – 6:29

2003 Remastered Edition[edit]

  • 12. "1st Band on the Moon" (Sixx) (demo) – 4:33
  • 13. "Porno Star" (Sixx) (demo) – 6:29
  • 14. "Hell on High Heels" (Mars, Neil, Sixx) (video) – 13:51

Bonus Disc[edit]

  • Live in Salt Lake City
  1. "Kickstart My Heart" [Live] – 7:21
  2. "Same Ol' Situation" [Live] – 4:53
  3. "Dr. Feelgood [Live] – 5:17
  4. "Hell on High Heels [Live] – 4:20
  5. "Live Wire" [Live] – 4:42
  6. "White Punks on Dope" [Live] – 4:13

Singles[edit]

  1. Hell on High Heels
  2. New Tattoo

Outtakes[edit]

  • "American Zero" – 3:47 - Leaked by Nikki Sixx as a 128 kbps mp3 file on the internet - Not commercially available.

Lewd, Crüed & Tattooed DVD[edit]

"Lewd, Crüed & Tattooed" is a Mötley Crüe concert DVD released in 2001, the concert was recorded live in Salt Lake City on their 2000 tour supporting the "New Tattoo" album. The DVD also features behind the scenes footage and the music video for the single "Hell on High Heels".

DVD Track listing[edit]

  1. "Kickstart My Heart"
  2. "Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)"
  3. "Primal Scream"
  4. Punched in the Teeth by Love
  5. "Dr. Feelgood"
  6. "Home Sweet Home"
  7. "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)"
  8. Piece of Your Action
  9. "Wild Side"
  10. "Hell on High Heels"
  11. "Looks That Kill"
  12. "Girls, Girls, Girls"
  13. "Live Wire"
  14. White Punks on Dope
  15. "Shout at the Devil '97"
  16. Hell on High Heels (music video)

Personnel[edit]

  • Mike Clink - Producer, engineer, mixing
  • Ed Thacker - Engineer, mixing
  • Jon Krupp - Assistant engineer
  • Karl Derfler - Digital editing
  • Tal Herzberg - Digital editing
  • Billy Kinsley - Assistant
  • Erik Casillas - Cover Art
  • Susan McEowen - Art direction
  • Jim Purdum - Photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ The Daily Vault review
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  4. ^ Orlando Weekly review
  5. ^ People review
  6. ^ Rolling Stone review
  7. ^ a b c Lee, Tommy, Mick Mars, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx and Neil Strauss. The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band, Regan Books, 2002. ISBN 0-06-039288-6
  8. ^ a b c d Layne, Anni. "Motley Crue Breaks From Elektra". Rolling Stone. April 17, 1998.
  9. ^ Billboard Charting History - Mötley Crüe
  10. ^ Peters, Mitchell. April 15, 2008. "Motley Crue Roars Back With New Album, Tour" Billboard.com. April 17, 2008.