Without You (Mötley Crüe song)

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"Without You"
Single by Mötley Crüe
from the album Dr. Feelgood
Released March 12, 1990
Recorded 1988-89
Genre Hard rock, glam metal
Length 4:29
Label Elektra
Writer(s) Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars
Producer(s) Bob Rock
Mötley Crüe singles chronology
"Kickstart My Heart"
"Without You"
"Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)"

"Without You" is a song by American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe. It was originally released on their 1989 album, Dr. Feelgood.


The song features Mick Mars playing a steel guitar during the intro and the solo, a clean electric guitar arpeggio on the verses and bridge, and various licks on an distorted electric guitar throughout. In the Dr. Feelgood album's liner notes, the composition is said to be about Tommy Lee's relationship with Heather Locklear.

Music video[edit]

The music video was shot at the Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston, Texas on January 15, 1990, following Mötley Crüe's Houston concert.[1] Produced by Sharon Oreck through O Pictures and photographed by Bill Pope, "Without You" is the first of two Crüe videos to be directed by Mary Lambert[2] under the alias "Blanche White"[3] ("blanche" meaning "white" in French). Lambert's original idea for the video was "to do a motorcycle movie" but Mötley Crüe objected, as they had done that before.[4] The final clip, which was described by Nikki Sixx as having a very "surreal" touch to it, includes various abstract images, a live jaguar (Czar from the Exotic Cat Refuge and Wildlife Orphanage in Kirbyville), a violin ensemble playing during the slide solo, and the band playing in an Ancient Egypt-fashioned scenario. Traces of Persian cultural tradition are present in the last few seconds of the studio release.

Chart position[edit]

Released as the album's third single in 1990, "Without You" reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the United States, #11 on the Mainstream Rock Chart,[5] and #39 on the UK singles chart.

Chart (1990-1991) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[6] 8