Shout at the Devil

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This article is about the Mötley Crüe album. For the 1976 film, see Shout at the Devil (film). For the song itself, see Shout at the Devil (song).
Shout at the Devil
Studio album by Mötley Crüe
Released September 26, 1983
Recorded Cherokee Studios, Hollywood, California April–July 1983
Genre Heavy metal
Length 34:55
Label Elektra
Producer Tom Werman
Mötley Crüe chronology
Too Fast for Love
Shout at the Devil
Theatre of Pain
Alternative cover
Original vinyl LP cover art
Singles from Shout at the Devil
  1. "Shout at the Devil"
    Released: 1983
  2. "Looks That Kill"
    Released: January 4, 1984
  3. "Too Young to Fall in Love"
    Released: April 30, 1984

Shout at the Devil is the second album by American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, released on September 26, 1983. It was the band's breakthrough album,[1] establishing Mötley Crüe as one of the top selling heavy metal acts of the 1980s. The singles "Looks That Kill" and "Too Young to Fall in Love" were moderate hits for the band.


Shout at the Devil was Mötley Crüe's breakthrough success, bringing them to international attention. The album's title and the band's use of a pentagram brought the band a great deal of controversy upon its 1983 release, as Christian and conservative groups claimed the band was encouraging their listeners to worship Satan.[2]

The album was one of the breakthrough releases of what was to become the 1980s "hair metal" movement, and was very influential in that regard.


In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, music critic Robert Christgau gave Shout at the Devil a "D" grade and felt that the band's commercial appeal lies in false braggadocio on an album that is poor "even by heavy metal standards".[3] Rolling Stone magazine's J. D. Considine gave it two out of five stars and found their style of rock music formulaic, innocuous, and unoriginal: "The whole point of bands like Motley Crue is to provide cheap thrills to jaded teens, and that's where the album ultimately disappoints."[4] In a retrospective four-and-a-half star review, Allmusic's Barry Weber viewed Shout at the Devil as their best album and wrote that it "displays Mötley Crüe's sleazy and notorious (yet quite entertaining) metal at its best."[5]

Shout at the Devil peaked at #17 on the Billboard 200 album charts.[6] "Shout at the Devil", "Looks That Kill" and "Too Young to Fall in Love" were released as singles to promote the album; the latter two peaked at #54 and #90 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984, while "Shout at the Devil" peaked at #30 on the Mainstream Rock chart.[6] Shout at the Devil was awarded 4x Platinum (reaching the four million mark in shipments) on May 15, 1997.[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "In the Beginning" (Geoff Workman, Nikki Sixx) – 1:13
  2. "Shout at the Devil" (Sixx) – 3:16
  3. "Looks That Kill" (Sixx) – 4:07
  4. "Bastard" (Sixx) – 2:54
  5. "God Bless the Children of the Beast" (Mick Mars) – 1:33
  6. "Helter Skelter" (Lennon–McCartney) – 3:09
  7. "Red Hot" (Mars, Vince Neil, Sixx) – 3:21
  8. "Too Young to Fall in Love" (Sixx) – 3:34
  9. "Knock 'Em Dead, Kid" (Neil, Sixx) – 3:40
  10. "Ten Seconds To Love" (Neil, Sixx) – 4:17
  11. "Danger" (Mars, Neil, Sixx) – 3:51

2003 remastered edition[edit]

In 2003, the band re-issued their albums on their own label Mötley Records including added bonus tracks from each album's specific era. A limited edition "Mini-LP" Compact Disc version of the album was released in the Japanese market that features the original cover that was previously available only on the vinyl LP release.

Shout at the Devil's bonus tracks were the following:

  1. "Shout at the Devil (demo)" (Sixx) – 3:18
  2. "Looks That Kill (demo)" (Sixx) – 5:06
  3. "Hotter Than Hell (demo)" (Sixx) – 2:49
  4. "I Will Survive" (Mars, Sixx) – 3:19
  5. "Too Young to Fall in Love (demo)" (Sixx) – 3:03

These bonus tracks are mainly composed of demos for the album with the inclusion of the previously unheard "I Will Survive", a track recorded for the album but not included. "Black Widow" from the Red, White & Crüe compilation was also left off this album. The track "Hotter than Hell" was later renamed and re-recorded into "Louder Than Hell" on the Theatre of Pain album.

This album also contains a warning that the album may contain masked backwards messages. This is in reference to Sixx and Lee chanting "Jesus is Satan" as an underdub on the title track.[8]

Cover Versions of songs[edit]

In 1997, Darlington (band) covered the song Red Hot (under the band name MESS). This version was released on the compilation CD Come on feel the metal. Singer Christy Darlington kept the original arrangement of the song.[9]

In 2007, indie rock band 12 Years Coming recorded their version of "Shout At The Devil" for "Too Fast For Love: A Millennium Tribute To Motley Crue". [10]



AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1983 The Billboard 200 17


  • Looks That Kill / Piece of Your Action – January 4, 1984
  • Too Young to Fall in Love / Merry Go Round- April 30, 1984


Organization Level Date
RIAA – United States Gold January 12, 1984
Platinum February 7, 1984
2x Platinum January 9, 1985
3x Platinum November 15, 1989
4x Platinum May 15, 1997
CRIA – Canada Gold May 1, 1984
Platinum May 1, 1984
2x Platinum January 13, 1989
3x Platinum January 13, 1989


  1. ^ Shout at the Devil
  2. ^ Jarriel, Tom (1985-05-16). "The Devil Worshippers". 20/20. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (June 12, 1984). "Christgau's Consumer Guide: Turkey Shoot". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved August 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ Considine, J. D. (February 16, 1984). "Shout At The Devil". Rolling Stone (New York). Retrieved August 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ Shout at the Devil at AllMusic
  6. ^ a b
  7. ^ RIAA Certification
  8. ^ 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
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