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Review: Mötley Crüe - Greatest Video Hits
Mötley Crüe
www.motley.com
Greatest Video Hits

Label: Universal Music
Year released: 2003
Duration: 177 min.

Rating: 5/5

Review online: December 28, 2003
Reviewed by: Pierre Bégin
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More than 20 years after their beginnings in the L.A. scene, the bad boys of hard rock have released the anthology of all their promo videos on one single DVD called "Greatest Video Hits". I have waited for so long to own this release since Mötley Crüe were one of the leader of the 80s hard rock/heavy metal clips golden era.

This nice release contains 21 promo videos and some interesting alternate/uncensored versions, all remixed in Dolby Digital 5.1. Note that you can also listen to it in stereo. Contrary to "Visions Of The Beast" by Iron Maiden and "Electric Eye" by Judas Priest, the video clips aren't played chronologically, but the order is pretty good. We can build our personal playlist, which is great if you want to avoid the 90s stuff! (-; From early great clips like "Looks That Kill" and "Too Young To Fall In Love" where the band acted in some short stories, to their latest one, the hilarious cartoonish "Hell On High Heels", Mötley Crüe have released some brilliant clips. Even their first low budget one, "Live Wire" is interesting to watch. I can't decide which one is my favourite; there are so many great ones. Among the best are the five ones from "Dr. Feelgood", the two from "Shout At The Devil" and from "Girls, Girls, Girls", "Home Sweet Home" and finally "Hell On High Heels". "You're All I Need" is a good black and white video that was censored in the 80s. This is the first time I see it and seriously, I wonder why they censored it (probably the lyrics). The videos I skipped over are from the 90s era: "Afraid", "Smoke The Sky", "Misunderstood", "Enslaved" and "Hooligan's Holiday". These clips AND these songs are simply boring. I wonder sometimes if there wasn't a wicked virus in the 90s which corrupted music, even some great bands like Mötley Crüe! I think I will call this virus "Nirvana-01"! (-; Happily, that decade ended and Mötley Crüe were cured and released the excellent "New Tattoo" album in 2000!

This DVD also contains a new very interesting interview with Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee, both talking about the videoclips and revealing some anecdotes and memories (sometimes a crucible for our pals). (-; I laughed a lot when they say they put a rail on the Dr. Feelgood tour to bring out the drums to the "Stevie Wonder section"! The interview lasts about 52 minutes and there are English, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese subtitles available.

There are also six alternate/uncensored versions of some songs. The most interesting ones are "Girls, Girls, Girls" (humm, I wonder why!) (-; and a 1991 remix of "Home Sweet Home", a completely different video from the original. "Dr. Feelgood" is the same video, minus footage (we only see the band playing). "Hell On High Heels" has some differences like the cartoonish devil girl without her top! "Misunderstood" and "Primal Scream" are very similar to the original versions. The DVD also contains three very hard-to-find Easter Eggs (see instructions below to locate them). These are "Take Me To The Top" and "Public Enemy #1", two early, very raw footage of the band playing and finally "Shout At The Devil", the doubtful remixed 1997 version.

This is an excellent, solid DVD which worth every penny. It shows that Mötley Crüe released many very interesting videoclips throughout their career, now gathered for the first time on a single DVD including a booklet, an excellent 5.1 Dolby Digital remixes and at a fair price, I recommend it to every metalhead who loved this great band.


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