New Tattoo

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New Tattoo
Studio album by Mötley Crüe
Released July 11, 2000
Recorded 1999-2000
Studio Cello Studios, Hollywood and Can Am Studios, Tarzana, California
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
  3. "Treat Me Like the Dog I Am"
    Released: 2000 (promo)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly (D+)[2]
Metal Forces (7.5/10)[3]
Orlando Weekly (unfavorable)[4]
People (unfavorable)[5]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[6]
The Daily Vault (B+)[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars[8]

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 the 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 released as singles for the album. The album artwork was inspired by the cover of Bruce Dickinson's album Tattooed Millionaire, whose title track is said to be about Dickinson's wife cheating on him with tattooed millionaire bassist Nikki Sixx, as revealed in Mötley Crüe's biography The Dirt.

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.[9] 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.[10]

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.[10] The break with Elektra allowed the group to form its own label, Mötley Records, to release future projects on.[10]

Lee's legal problems forced the band to decline invitations from Ozzfest and various radio festivals,[10] 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.[9]

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.[9] 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.

Release[edit]

New Tattoo debuted at No. 41 on the Billboard 200 and slid down shortly after.[11] According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album has sold about 203,000 copies in the U.S. to date.[12] Right before the tour in support of the album, Castillo fell ill with a duodenal ulcer. He was consequently replaced by Hole drummer Samantha Maloney. Two years after the release of the album, Castillo died from Squamous cell Carcinoma, which he was diagnosed with while recovering from stomach surgery.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
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" (The Tubes cover) Michael Evans, Bill Spooner, Roger Steen 3:39

Outtakes[edit]

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

Personnel[edit]

Mötley Crüe[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Mike Clink - producer, engineer, mixing at Sol Seven Recording and A&M Studios
  • Ed Thacker - engineer, mixing
  • Billy Kinsley, Ethan Mates, Jon Krupp, Jaime Sickora, Frank Montoya - assistant engineers
  • Tal Herzberg, Rail Rogut, Karl Derfler - digital editing
  • Dave Collins - mastering
  • Erik Casillas - cover art
  • Susan McEowen - art direction
  • Jim Purdum - photography

Charts[edit]

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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Mötley Crüe - New Tattoo review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ Willman, Chris (July 14, 2000). "New Tattoo - Motley Crue". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 30, 2014. 
  3. ^ Arnold, Neil. "Mötley Crüe - New Tattoo". Metal Forces. Retrieved November 30, 2014. 
  4. ^ Schneider, Steve (July 25, 2000). "Review - New Tattoo". Orlando Weekly. Retrieved November 30, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: New Tattoo". People 54 (7). August 14, 2000. Retrieved November 30, 2014. 
  6. ^ Sheffield, Rob (August 17, 2000). "New Tattoo - Motley Crue". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 30, 2014. 
  7. ^ Hanson, Paul (August 12, 2000). "New Tattoo - Motley Crue". The Daily Vault.com. Retrieved November 30, 2014. 
  8. ^ Considine, J. D. (2004). "Mötley Crüe". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City: Simon & Schuster. pp. 562–63. ISBN 978-0743201698. Archived from the original on December 27, 2010. Retrieved December 4, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c Lee, Tommy; Mars, Mick; Sixx, Nikki; Neil, Vince (2002). Strauss, Neil, ed. The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band. New York City: ReganBooks. ISBN 978-0060989156. 
  10. ^ a b c d Layne, Anni. "Motley Crue Breaks From Elektra". Rolling Stone. April 17, 1998.
  11. ^ Billboard Charting History - Mötley Crüe
  12. ^ Peters, Mitchell. April 15, 2008. "Motley Crue Roars Back With New Album, Tour" Billboard.com. April 17, 2008.
  13. ^ a b "New Tattoo Billboard Albums". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 
  14. ^ モトリー・クルーのランキング (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2014-09-08. 
  15. ^ "Chart Log UK: M - My Vitriol". Zobbel. 
  16. ^ "New Tattoo Billboard Singles". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 8, 2014.