from the album Dr. Feelgood (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #6 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9
Today's song of the day comes from the "glam-metal" hard rock band Mötley Crüe, who had landed one top-20 pop hit from each of their third and fourth albums, with "Girls, Girls, Girls" doing the trick in the summer of 1987. A follow-up single, the "power ballad" "You're All I Need", slipped in at #83, while becoming their highest-charting British hit at #23. However, things in the band were in major turmoil; lead singer Vince Neil had been convicted of vehicular manslaughter in a car crash from 1985, while bassist/songwriter Nikki Sixx almost overdosed to death and was sent to rehab. Even their manager was nabbed for smuggling drugs. Cleaning up their act by the end of the decade, the group released their fifth studio set Dr. Feelgood in the summer of 1989. The title track, written by Sixx with guitarist Mick Mars, became the first single from the set, and despite their sobriety, the track was just as nasty and drug-insinuating as always...
"Dr. Feelgood" became the Crüe's first top-10 pop hit in the U.S. in October of 1989. The single also climbed to #7 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. Internationally, the single made the top-40 in Australia (#26) and New Zealand (#11) and was a minor hit in the UK (#50).
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...and here's the band performing the song live at the Live 8 charity concert in Canada in 2005...
Up tomorrow: Boyband faves hit the magazine stands.