Decade of Decadence 81-91

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Decade of Decadence
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Greatest hits album by Mötley Crüe
Released October 1, 1991
Recorded 1981–1991
Genre Heavy metal, glam metal
Length 62:48
Label Elektra
Producer Mötley Crüe (tracks 1-2)
Tom Werman (tracks 3-8)
Bob Rock (tracks 9-15)
Mötley Crüe chronology
Dr. Feelgood
(1989)
Decade of Decadence
(1991)
Mötley Crüe
(1994)
Singles from Decade of Decadence
  1. "Primal Scream"
    Released: 1991
  2. "Home Sweet Home '91"
    Released: 1991
  3. "Angela"
    Released: 1992 (promo)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B+[2]
Robert Christgau (neither)[3]

Decade of Decadence is a greatest hits compilation album by the American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, released on October 1, 1991. It peaked at number 2 on the US Billboard 200 chart. It was the band's sixth album overall and the first of many greatest hits compilations.

Overview[edit]

Though it was intended to be the band's first compilation album, the content was unlike a standard compilation release. As well as six of the band's greatest hits, it featured three remixes ("Live Wire (Kick Ass '91 Remix)", "Piece of Your Action (Screamin' '91 Remix)" and "Home Sweet Home '91 Remix"), a soundtrack contribution ("Rock 'n' Roll Junkie"), a compilation album track "Teaser" (previously released on the Stairway to Heaven/Highway to Hell album), a previously unreleased live track ("Kickstart My Heart (Live in Dallas, Texas)") and three newly recorded songs "Primal Scream", "Angela" and "Anarchy in the U.K.".

The album debuted at No. 2 in the US albums chart,[4] just under Garth Brooks Ropin' The Wind, and was certified double platinum by the RIAA.[5]

The remix version of "Home Sweet Home" was the band's 8th and final Top 40 hit in 1991, reaching No. 37 on the Billboard Hot 100.[6] The original 1985 version had only reached No. 89 on the same chart.[7]

Music videos were made for the singles to promote the album and for "Anarchy in the U.K.", which was largely shot on the band's Monsters of Rock tour in Europe.

"Rock n' Roll Junkie" had been featured in the Andrew Dice Clay movie, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, which featured a cameo by Vince Neil.

The songs, "Smokin' in the Boys Room", "Teaser" and "Anarchy in the U.K." are all cover songs, originally recorded by Brownsville Station, Tommy Bolin, and Sex Pistols respectively. During an MTV interview in 1991, Tommy Lee stated that Vince Neil recorded his vocals for "Anarchy in the U.K." in one take. Neil has stated that John Lydon called him saying the cover was brilliant.

Reissue[edit]

The album is now out of print, having been replaced by Greatest Hits in 1998 and by a reissue in 2009. The latter compilation featured a different track order, including previously unreleased material. The songs, "Teaser", "Rock 'n' Roll Junkie", "Primal Scream", "Angela", and "Anarchy in the U.K." were reissued on the Supersonic and Demonic Relics compilation in 1999, and the remixes of "Live Wire", "Piece of Your Action", "Home Sweet Home" and the live version of "Kickstart My Heart" were reissued on the Music to Crash Your Car to: Vol. 2 box set.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Live Wire" (Kick Ass '91 remix) Nikki Sixx 3:16
2. "Piece of Your Action" (Screamin' '91 remix) Vince Neil, Sixx 4:39
3. "Shout at the Devil"   Sixx 3:14
4. "Looks That Kill"   Sixx 4:08
5. "Home Sweet Home '91" (remix) Neil, Sixx, Tommy Lee 4:01
6. "Smokin' in the Boys Room"   Cub Koda, Michael Lutz 3:27
7. "Girls, Girls, Girls"   Mick Mars, Sixx, Lee 4:29
8. "Wild Side"   Neil, Sixx, Lee 4:40
9. "Dr. Feelgood"   Mars, Sixx 4:48
10. "Kickstart My Heart" (live in Dallas, Texas, July 1990) Sixx 4:57
11. "Teaser"   Tommy Bolin, Jeff Cook 5:16
12. "Rock 'n' Roll Junkie"   Mars, Sixx, Lee 4:01
13. "Primal Scream" (previously unreleased) Sixx, Neil, Mars, Lee 4:46
14. "Angela" (previously unreleased) Neil, Mars, Sixx, Lee 3:54
15. "Anarchy in the U.K." (Sex Pistols cover) Johnny Rotten, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock, Paul Cook 3:20

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1997 2x Platinum (+ 2,000,000)[5]
Canada CRIA 1991 Platinum (+ 100,000)[16]

Video album[edit]

Decade of Decadence was also released as a video album on VHS on March 24, 1992. The video features new interviews and the band's full catalog of music videos, which were in part previously released on the video albums Uncensored and Dr. Feelgood The Videos. It includes new live clips, music videos from the album Girls, Girls, Girls and the new music videos "Primal Scream", "Home Sweet Home '91", and "Anarchy in the U.K.". The interview segments were directed and produced by Brian Lockwood

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Live Wire"
  2. "Looks That Kill"
  3. "Too Young to Fall in Love"
  4. "Smokin' in the Boys Room"
  5. "Home Sweet Home"
  6. "Girls, Girls, Girls" (uncensored version)
  7. "Wild Side"
  8. "You’re All I Need"
  9. "Dr. Feelgood" (UK edit version)
  10. "All in the Name of..." (live in Moscow 08/89)
  11. "Kickstart My Heart"
  12. "Without You"
  13. "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)"
  14. "Same Ol' Situation"
  15. "Primal Scream"
  16. "Anarchy in the U.K."
  17. "Home Sweet Home '91"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Mötley Crüe - Decade of Decadence review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ Eddy, Chuck. "Decade of Decadence - Motley Crue". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Mötley Crüe". Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Decade of Decadence Billboard Albums". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 28, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "RIAA Searchable Database: search for Motley Crue". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Mötley Crüe Awards: Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 25, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th ed, Billboard Publications, Inc. 1996. ISBN 0-8230-7632-6
  8. ^ "Mötley Crüe – Decade of Decadence '81-'91 (album)". Australiancharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 54, No. 21, October 26, 1991". Library and Archives Canada. October 26, 1991. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Mötley Crüe – Decade of Decadence '81-'91 (album)". Charts.org.nz. Media Control Charts. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c "Artist Chart History – Motley Crue". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Mötley Crüe – Decade of Decadence '81-'91". Hitparade.ch (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Mötley Crüe – Decade of Decadence '81-'91 (album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Mötley Crüe – Primal Scream (song)". Australiancharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Mötley Crüe – Primal Scream (song)". Charts.org.nz. Media Control Charts. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Gold Platinum Search for Motley Crue". Music Canada. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 

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