WHITNEY HOUSTON Kept MÖTLEY CRÜE's Girls, Girls, Girls From #1 Chart Position - “We Were Fucking Livid... But That Was Like The Changing Of The Guard For Us,” Says NIKKI SIXX

August 11, 2017, 7 days ago

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WHITNEY HOUSTON Kept MÖTLEY CRÜE's Girls, Girls, Girls From #1 Chart Position - “We Were Fucking Livid... But That Was Like The Changing Of The Guard For Us,” Says NIKKI SIXX

Iconic LA rock band Mötley Crüe celebrates the 30th anniversary of their fourth studio, and 4x platinum album, Girls, Girls, Girls with special album reissue bundles that will be available on August 25th via Pledge Music.

Girls, Girls, Girls reached #2 on the Billboard 200 in its third week of release, the band’s highest charting album at the time. But it was held out of the top spot by Whitney Houston's Whitney, which debuted at #1.

Bassist Nikki Sixx tells Billboard: “Well, back then, you know, there was no SoundScan. Retail would report in with their top-selling bands, and then Billboard would accumulate the results from all these different chains - Licorice Pizza, Tower Records, all these places. And I remember I was on a conference call with [then Mötley Crüe managers] Doc McGhee and Doug Thaler, and they said, "Hey man, you guys are outselling everybody two to one. You're gonna have a No. 1 record." And I said, "That's great." I don't really think that having a No. 1 record mattered to us that much, but we were like, "That's fucking cool!" But then Whitney Houston came out and she was No 1. And I remember that lit a fucking flame to the fucking bomb man. That lit the fuse. Because we were like "What the fuck happened?"

Asked what did happen, Sixx responds: “All due respect to Whitney Houston, a very talented artist. But her label flew all the heads of retail out to Australia, first class. Five-star hotel. Free concert. Fucking wining and dining. Those were the days of cocaine and bad silicone jobs. And everybody had a real good time. And it was, "You just make sure that you report that the right record sold the most." And we were fucking livid. But that was like the changing of the guard for us. After Girls, Girls, Girls, we got a new producer, the band got sober. And we were like, "We want a No. 1 album." And [1989's] Dr. Feelgood flew into the No. 1 position. And you know, I have a plaque hanging on my wall at home. It says, "Hey, Nikki. Congratulations on your No. 1 record. About fucking time! - Elektra Records." Because they were pissed, too. They were pissed too, man! [laughs] Welcome to the music industry!”

Read the full interview at Billboard.com.

Fans can get a jump start on owning the exclusive merchandise by pre-ordering bundles exclusively at Pledge Music. Various bundles will include, colored vinyl, cassette tape, commemorative poster/lithograph, vintage t-shirt, vinyl test pressings, a limited edition, numbered drum head, a flexi single of “Wild Side”, Girls, Girls, Girls patch, and more.

The band recently celebrated the 30th anniversary on the album’s actual release date - May 15th - with the announcement of the August 25th reissue. Fans can get the latest updates surrounding the reissue and other anniversary activity throughout the rest of the year by signing up now at motley.com.

Mötley Crüe paved the way for rock bands to push the envelope since the band’s inception and their music, as well as their antics, provided them a successful 36-year career as a leading force in rock around the world. 1987’s Girls, Girls, Girls included three smash hits, “Wild Side”, “You’re All I Need”, and the title track, which became a global success, despite the original uncensored video being banned from MTV at the time; check it out below. The album itself, explores themes inspired by the band’s hard-living lifestyle of booze, drugs, strip clubs, love of motorcycles, and death.

Nikki Sixx says: “It’s hard to believe Girls, Girls, Girls already turned 30 this year. We went against the grain with this album when it first came out in 1987. The music and lyrics reflect what was going on in the streets of Los Angeles at that time. A big thank you to all the fans who have made the album stand the test of time. It’s really cool to now see a new generation of fans exploring and digging Girls, Girls, Girls three decades later.”

Girls, Girls, Girls tracklisting:

"Wild Side"
"Girls, Girls, Girls"
"Dancing On Glass"
"Bad Boy Boogie"
"Nona"
"Five Years Dead"
"All In The Name Of…"
"Sumthin’ For Nuthin’"
"You’re All I Need"
"Jailhouse Rock"

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