Methods of Mayhem (album)

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Methods of Mayhem
Methods of Mayhem album.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 7, 1999
Genre
Length36:13
LabelMCA
ProducerTommy Lee, Scott Humphrey
Methods of Mayhem chronology
Methods of Mayhem
(1999)
A Public Disservice Announcement
(2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press4/5 stars
Entertainment WeeklyB−[2]
NME6/10 stars
Q3/5 stars

Methods of Mayhem is the 1999 debut album by American rock band Methods of Mayhem. It was Tommy Lee's first album since leaving Mötley Crüe earlier that year. The album is certified Gold by the RIAA[3]

Background[edit]

Former Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee's new musical venture, Methods of Mayhem, is the product of his collaboration with rapper TiLo. Sparked by pent-up frustration as a result of jail stints, run-ins with the law, and tabloid reporters, Lee pulled together numerous stars from the worlds of rock and hip-hop.

Additional personnel include: George Clinton, Kid Rock, Lil' Kim, The Crystal Method, Snoop Dogg, Fred Durst and Mix Master Mike.

It is an enhanced audio CD which contains regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files. The album booklet "ill-ustrations" features the artwork of Derek Hess.

"Get Naked" and "New Skin" were released as singles for the album.

The supporting tour for the album featured Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction) on drums.

"Crash" was featured in the video games Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec and Crazy Taxi 2, along with the riff to "Who The Hell Cares", as well as being in the theatrical trailer for the film Driven.

"Hypocritical" was featured in the video game Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2.

Critical reception[edit]

  • Entertainment Weekly (1/7/2000, p. 68) – "Most of this rap-metal is surprisingly legit – and cameos by Lil' Kim, Fred Durst, and Kid Rock don't hurt." – Rating: B-[2]
  • Q magazine (4/2000, p. 96) – 3 stars out of 5 – "...big, thumping, sweary, contemporary noise. Lee is entirely serious; he has the group's name tattooed on his arse cheeks..."
  • Alternative Press (3/2000, p .86) – 4 out of 5 – "...armed to the teeth with special guests, hopping between metal-edged techno and radio-minded hard rock. The surprise: It ain't bad, and a few of these tunes are 'really good'..."
  • CMJ (12/27/1999, p. 5) – "...brass-knuckled, rhythmically dense, rap-rock....owing more to pop-industrial music and Bomb Squad production than it does to Fred Durst....one of 1999's grittiest, most heartfelt rap-rock albums..."
  • Vibe (2/2000, p. 160) – "...combines heavy guitar riffs with insolent B-boy wordplay....As an exercise in funky head-banging, MAYHEM isn't half bad....producer, Scott Humphrey manages to mix up [Tommy] Lee's limited palette just enough to keep you tuned in..."
  • NME (2/14/2000, p. 41) – 6 out of 10 – "...contains more than enough of the mysterious kick-ass factor....successfully [mixing] hip-hop beats with some exceedingly heavy guitar riffing..."

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Who the Hell Cares" (featuring Snoop Dogg) – 3:31
  2. "Hypocritical" – 3:55
  3. "Anger Management" – 3:13
  4. "Get Naked" (featuring Fred Durst, Lil' Kim, Mix Master Mike & George Clinton) – 3:21
  5. "New Skin" (featuring Kid Rock – the single version replaces Kid Rock with TiLo) – 4:34
  6. "Proposition Fuck You" (featuring F.I.L.T.H.E.E. Immigrants) – 3:13
  7. "Crash" – 3:21
  8. "Metamorphosis" – 4:07
  9. "Narcotic" (feat. Scott Kirkland) – 3:19
  10. "Mr. Onsomeothershits" (featuring U-God) – 0:38
  11. "Spun" (feat. Scott Kirkland) – 2:30

Personnel[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
1999 Billboard 200[4] 71
1999 Ö3 Austria Top 40[5] 94
1999 GFK Charts[6] 93

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Methods of Mayhem – Methods of Mayhem". Allmusic.
  2. ^ a b Morgan, Laura (2000-01-07). "Methods of Mayhem Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-05-24.
  3. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Tommy Lee - Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  5. ^ "http://www.austriancharts.at/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Methods%20Of%20Mayhem". Retrieved 19 November 2016. External link in |title= (help)
  6. ^ GmbH, musicline.de / PhonoNet. "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche - musicline.de". musicline.de.