Artist: Motely Crue
Record: Shout At The Devil
In my 9th grade math class, instead of paying attention to the lesson, I was flipping through the latest issue of “Hit Parader” magazine. Now that’s nothing unusual given I didn’t like the class, but what was unusual back in that late Fall of 1983 were these four guys in an ad for something called “Shout At The Devil.” Who were these dudes? What the heck are they wearing? And OMG!! Where can I get this album???? I went out and bought it the same week. 35 years and 4 copies later...I’m still in love with it. These guys were angry. I mean really pissed off. So was I at that time. It was perfection. I loved every second of it! I read every article I could find, watched every interview with Nikki Sixx ever aired. He said things that I related to, connected with. “It’s Shout At The Devil, not with the devil,” he would repeatedly say. The so called, self-appointed “child protector” groups like the PMRC, at the time continued to turn Motley Crue and many others into some kind of devil-worshipping circus in the media. Those idiots couldn’t have been further from the true. As if all kids listening to this would turn into drug-addicted satanists (Rolling my eyes.) Hey Tipper, I’ve turned into a professional at a financial services firm. Drug-free and a Christian. Sorry to disappoint you. To me, more proof that Nikki and the boys were right. Question authority. Speak your mind. Don’t follow like a sheep, and when you know in your gut you are right...you shout at that devil. I’ve passed that wonderful life lesson down to my own son, who is now also in 9th grade today. Last week my son came home and said “Mom, my teacher said something so ridiculously wrong, and I knew it was, because I could feel it was wrong...so I challenged her. Mom, you taught me that when adults say stupid stuff, I need to question it. I can’t let it go!!” I turned to him and said, “Yes son, I sure did teach you that. I sure did.