Stupidity (Dr. Feelgood album)

Dr. Feelgood (album)

Dr. Feelgood is the fifth album by glam metal band Mötley Crüe, released on September 1, 1989.

Dr. Feelgood topped the Billboard 200 (North America) chart. It is widely regarded by music critics and fans as being Mötley Crüe's strongest album, being the first album the band has recorded after their quest for sobriety and rehabilitation in 1989. Today Dr. Feelgood has sold more than 6 million copies in the U.S. alone. In various interviews, members of Mötley Crüe stated that it was their most solid album from a musical standpoint, due in no small part to their collective push for sobriety.

The song "Dr. Feelgood" was ranked #41 on VH1's 100 Greatest '80s Songs.

Musical style

The record represents a style of heavy rock commonly referred to as glam metal or hair metal. It is characterized by heavy, distorted guitar riffs and catchy, melodic choruses.

Production and marketing

Canadian producer Bob Rock provided the record with a lush, vibrant sound, applying production values which had been lacking from the band's previous releases.

Rock found the process of working with Mötley Crüe difficult, describing the band as "four L.A. bad asses who used to drink a bottle of wine and want to kill each other. In order to minimize conflict and allow production of the record to proceed smoothly, Rock had each member play their parts separately.

Track listing

All lyrics by Nikki Sixx

  1. "T.N.T. (Terror 'N Tinseltown)" – 0:42
  2. "Dr. Feelgood" – (Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx) – 4:50
  3. "Slice of Your Pie" – (Sixx, Mars) – 4:32
  4. "Rattlesnake Shake" – (Mars, Sixx, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee) – 3:40
  5. "Kickstart My Heart" – (Sixx) – 4:48
  6. "Without You" – (Sixx, Mars) – 4:29
  7. "Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)" – (Lee, Sixx, Neil, Mars) – 4:12
  8. "Sticky Sweet" – (Mars, Sixx) – 3:52
  9. "She Goes Down" – (Mars, Sixx) – 4:37
  10. "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)" – (Sixx, Mars) – 4:40
  11. "Time for Change" – (Sixx, Donna McDaniel) – 4:45

1999 reissue included these tracks:

  1. "Dr. Feelgood" (Demo Version) – (Mars, Sixx) – 4:42
  2. "Without You" (Demo Version) – (Sixx, Mars) – 4:12
  3. "Kickstart My Heart" (Demo Version) – (Sixx) – 4:28
  4. "Get it for Free" (Demo Version) – (Sixx) – 4:14
  5. "Time for Change" (Demo Version) – (Sixx, Donna McDaniel) – 4:09

The original Korean LP edition does not contain the first two tracks, "T.N.T." and "Dr. Feelgood".

Themes

The album's themes are:

  • Drugs ("T.N.T. (Terror 'N Tinseltown))", "Dr. Feelgood", "Kickstart My Heart")
  • Sex ("Slice Of Your Pie", "Sticky Sweet", "She Goes Down", "Rattlesnake Shake")
  • Relationships ("Without You", "Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)", "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)")

"Time For Change" reflects Nikki Sixx's views on the (then) current events in society.

Influences

The lyrics of "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)" feature a reference to a previous song by the band, "Too Young to Fall in Love." Dr. Feelgoods is also the name of a bar that Vince Neil opened on Clematis Street in West Palm Beach which is expected to greatly revive and help the nightlife in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida

Nike SB created a shoe based on the album cover.

Personnel

with

  • Donna McDaniel - background vocals on album
  • Emi Canyn - background vocals on album
  • Bryan Adams – background vocals on "Sticky Sweet"
  • Skid Row – background vocals on "Time for Change"
  • Robin Zander – background vocals on "She Goes Down"
  • Mike Amato – background vocals on "Time For Change", Production Coordination, Project Coordinator
  • Jack Blades – background vocals on "Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)" and "Sticky Sweet"
  • Bob Dowd – background vocals on "Time For Change"
  • Tom Keenlyside, Ian Putz, Ross Gregory, Henry Christian – marguerita horns on "Rattlesnake Shake"
  • Marc LaFrance – background vocals on all tracks
  • George Marino – mastering
  • Rick Nielsen – background vocals on "She Goes Down"
  • Bob Rock – bass on "Time For Change", background vocals on "Dr. Feelgood", "Rattlesnake Shake", "Sticky Sweet", "She Goes Down", producer, engineer
  • Randy Staub – engineer
  • David Steele – background vocals
  • Chris Taylor – assistant engineer
  • Steven Tyler – background vocals on "Sticky Sweet" and intro to "Slice of Your Pie"
  • John Webster – honky tonk piano on "Rattlesnake Shake"
  • Bob Defrin – Art Direction
  • Don Brautigam – Illustrations
  • William Hames – Photography
  • Matty Spindel – Engineer
  • Kevin Brady – Artwork, Design
  • Kris Solem – Mastering

Chart positions

Album

Year Chart Position
1989 The Billboard 200 1

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1989 "Dr. Feelgood" Billboard Hot 100 6
Mainstream Rock Tracks 7
"Kickstart My Heart" Mainstream Rock Tracks 18
1990 Billboard Hot 100 27
"Without You" Billboard Hot 100 8
Mainstream Rock Tracks --
"Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)" Billboard Hot 100 19
Mainstream Rock Tracks 13
"Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)" Billboard Hot 100 78

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