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Classic Box Set Review: Mötley Crüe | Music To Crash Your Car To, Vol. 1

Tasteless? Well, duh.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


DISCS: Four.


YEARS COVERED: 1981 – ’87.

LOWDOWN: Picky, picky. Just because Mötley Crüe’s chief devil-shouter Vince Neil wrecked his car while driving drunk back in ’83 — OK, and killed the drummer from Hanoi Rocks in the process, if you’re being picky — people say the title of his band’s new box set is “tasteless.” To which I can only say: Well, duh. Come on, people. They’re Mötley Crüe. Tasteless is their brand. It’s who they are. It’s what they do. And it’s what you get on Music To Crash Your Car To, their new archival series. Volume 1 includes their first four albums — 1981’s Too Fast For Love, 1983’s Shout At The Devil, 1985’s Theatre Of Pain and 1987’s Girls, Girls, Girls — along with a bunch of leftover tracks that were included earlier this year on individual reissues. The lack of new tuneage makes this set inessential to all but the most dedicated fans. Even so, it’s better than most of the stuff that’s gonna be in Vol. 2 — which could be called Music To Crash Your Career To.

NEW STUFF: Not a freaking thing, dude.

EYE CANDY: A nifty faux-snakeskin box; a 60-page book that’s light on facts and heavy on glamour pix.

THE DAMAGE: About $55.


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