Too Fast for Love is the debut record of American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe; 900 copies were released on November 10, 1981, on the band's Leathür Records label. Elektra Records signed the band the following year, at which point the album was remixed and partially re-recorded. This re-release, with a different track listing and slightly different artwork (e.g., red lettering on the cover and a different interior photograph of the band), has become the standard version from which all later reissues derive. The original mix of the album remained unreleased on CD until 2003, when it was included in the Music to Crash Your Car to: Vol. 1box set compilation.
While the album only reached number 77 on the Billboard 200 album chart in the United States, it would ultimately reach platinum status.
The song "Live Wire" was released as a single for the album.
There are three known vinyl pressings of the Leathür Records version, along with one known cassette release, and an extremely rare silkscreen red picture disc promotional CD. The first vinyl pressing had white lettering on the cover and the record label was white with black lettering. The back cover photo of Vince Neil shows him with a massive hairdo, which was airbrushed in as his hair color did not show well on the white album sleeve. The second pressing has red lettering on the cover and the record label is again white with black lettering. Neil's hair has also been fixed on the back cover photo. The second pressing also has a slightly different photo insert of the band. The third pressing has red lettering on the cover and the record label is black with white lettering. The first pressing seems to be the rarest, with only 900 copies pressed. The second pressing seems to be the most common one available on the secondary market. Although some sources indicate that the Leathür version also contained the song "Toast of The Town," this is incorrect. This song was also the B-side to a 7-inch vinyl single of "Stick to Your Guns" which was self-released by the band on the Leathür Records label prior to the recording of the Too Fast for Love album.
It was remixed and re-released on August 20, 1982, by Elektra Records, with which the band had recently signed its first recording contract. The Elektra version contained a different track order and omitted the song "Stick to Your Guns" as well as the first verse from the title track. However, the initial release of the album on Elektra in Canada (on both vinyl and cassette) was not the remixed version, but instead was the original Leathür Records version with the Elektra label on it, and included the song "Stick to Your Guns". This was released two months before the remixed version was released by Elektra worldwide. The reason for this was that Mötley Crüe was about to embark on a Canadian tour and Elektra wanted to ensure that a product was available while the band was touring the country. Once the remixed version was completed, later Canadian pressings were the same as the Elektra version everywhere else.
In 1997, Mötley Crüe and Elektra split. Mötley Crüe once again made their own record company called "Mötley Records", and re-released all the albums before New Tattoo. In the re-released 2003 version included the Elektra tracks, bonus tracks, the bonus tracks included the Leathür version of the song "Too Fast for Love", the unreleased tracks "Toast of the Town", "Stick to Your Guns", and the covered song "Tonight". In edition, it also included Merry-Go-Round Live.
Too Fast for Love has received mostly positive reviews. Allmusic reviewer Steve Huey gave the album a rating of four stars and claims that "Mötley Crüe essentially comes across as a bash-'em-out bar band, making up in enthusiasm what they lack in technical skill".
Although released in late 1981, Too Fast for Love did not enter the Billboard 200 until 1983. "Stick to Your Guns" and "Live Wire" were released as singles to promote the album.Too Fast for Love is also the earliest of seven consecutive Mötley Crüe studio albums to be certified gold or platinum by the RIAA―every album up to and including Generation Swine (1997) is at least certified gold.
Track listing (1981 Leathür Records original release)
All songs written and composed by Nikki Sixx, except where noted.