Saints of Los Angeles
|Saints of Los Angeles|
|Studio album by|
|Released||June 24, 2008|
|Studio||The Lightning Bolt Garage, Los Angeles, California|
|Mötley Crüe chronology|
|Singles from Saints of Los Angeles|
|Los Angeles Times|||
Saints of Los Angeles is the ninth and most recent studio album by the American hard rock band Mötley Crüe, released on June 24, 2008. It was the first full-length studio album with the band's original lineup since 1997's Generation Swine, following the return of long-time drummer Tommy Lee, and their final one before their three-year hiatus from 2015 to 2018.
Saints of Los Angeles debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard chart, selling about 100,000 copies in its first week. It debuted at No. 14 on the Australian ARIA chart, No. 5 in Sweden, No. 3 in Canada, No. 47 in Italy, and No. 9 in Finland (although it climbed to number 6 in its second week).
The album's first single, its "title track", was their second highest charting single in the US mainstream rock charts, peaking at number 5. However, subsequent singles fared less well: "Mutherfucker of the Year" peaked at number 29 and "White Trash Circus" at number 37 on mainstream rock charts.
Writing and music
Bassist Nikki Sixx stated in his blog that he believed the band were "on to some of the better songs we've had in years". A tentative working title – The Dirt – was eventually scrapped. "The album is loosely based on The Dirt," said Sixx. "Each song is like a mini-story, and you can plug it into the book. Some of it's funny, some of it's serious and in-your-face. It's like a typical, successful Mötley Crüe record."
The album features production and songwriting from members of Sixx's other band Sixx:A.M., as singer James Michael and guitarist DJ Ashba are involved in almost every song. Frequent Aerosmith collaborator Marti Frederiksen also was heavily involved with the songwriting process.
|1.||"L.A.M.F."||Nikki Sixx, James Michael, DJ Ashba, Marti Frederiksen||1:23|
|2.||"Face Down in the Dirt"||Sixx, Michael, Ashba, Frederiksen||3:44|
|3.||"What's It Gonna Take"||Sixx, Michael, Ashba, Frederiksen||3:45|
|4.||"Down at the Whisky"||Sixx, Michael, Ashba, Frederiksen||3:50|
|5.||"Saints of Los Angeles"||Sixx, Michael, Ashba, Frederiksen||3:40|
|6.||"Mutherfucker of the Year"||Sixx, Mick Mars, Michael, Ashba, Frederiksen||3:55|
|7.||"The Animal in Me"||Sixx, Mars, Michael, Frederiksen||4:16|
|8.||"Welcome to the Machine"||Sixx, Mars, Michael, Ashba, Frederiksen||3:00|
|9.||"Just Another Psycho"||Sixx, Mars, Michael, Ashba, Frederiksen||3:36|
|10.||"Chicks = Trouble"||Sixx, Mars, Michael, Ashba, Frederiksen||3:13|
|11.||"This Ain't a Love Song"||Sixx, Mars, Tommy Lee, Michael, Frederiksen||3:25|
|12.||"White Trash Circus"||Sixx, Mars, Michael, Ashba, Frederiksen||2:51|
|13.||"Goin' Out Swingin'"||Sixx, Michael, Ashba, Frederiksen||3:27|
"Saints of Los Angeles"
The first single, "Saints of Los Angeles", was released on April 11 and started airing on radio stations on April 15, 2008. The song was given further promotion through the music video game Rock Band, being released as downloadable content on the Xbox Live Marketplace and PlayStation Store on the same day. A video for the single was premiered at a press conference by the band on April 15. The song was performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and the Late Show with David Letterman. Jacoby Shaddix from Papa Roach, Josh Todd from Buckcherry, Chris Brown from Trapt, and James Michael from Sixx:A.M. all make cameos at the end of the video. This act had also been done as the band performed the song on their previous Crüe Fest tour. The song was featured in commercials and in promos for X-Games 14.
The single version of "Saints of Los Angeles" does not include the backing vocals and the introduction from the gang vocal version.
The title track was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance but lost; it was Mötley Crüe's third nomination. Their previous nominations for "Dr. Feelgood" and "Kickstart My Heart" in the same category saw losses to Living Colour.
"Mutherfucker of the Year"
"Mutherfucker of the Year" is the second single to be taken from "Saints of Los Angeles". The video was shot over two nights: July 15 in Clarkston, MI at DTE Energy Music Theatre and July 16 in Tinley Park, IL at First Midwest Bank Amphitheater.
"White Trash Circus"
Fans were encouraged to vote for the song of their choosing for the next single from SOLA. The contest was between "Chicks = Trouble" and "White Trash Circus", with "White Trash Circus" earning more votes and being chosen as the new single. The music video for "White Trash Circus" was released on February 25, 2009. The video features Tyler Connolly of Theory of a Deadman, Sully Erna of Godsmack, Ryan McCombs of Drowning Pool, and John Allen of Charm City Devils.
Two tours, Crüe Fest and the Saints Of Los Angeles Tour, supported the album. Crüe Fest ran during the summer of 2008, with supporting bands were Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Sixx:A.M., and Trapt. The Saints of Los Angeles Tour ran during early 2009 and supporting bands were Hinder, Theory of a Deadman, and The Last Vegas.
- James Michael – keyboards, backing vocals
- Marti Frederiksen, Melissa Harding – backing vocals
- Josh Todd, Jacoby Shaddix, James Michael, Chris Taylor Brown – backing vocals on gang vocal version of "Saints of Los Angeles"
- James Michael – production, engineering, mixing
- DJ Ashba – co-production, additional engineering
- Viggy Vignola – additional engineering
- Dave Donnelly – mastering
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