98. Mötley Crüe - Dr. Feelgood

With Mick Mars’ pulsating opening guitar riff (matched by Nikki Sixx’s bass), you’re immediately sucked in to this kick-ass rock song. The high guitar wail at the end of the intro gives you that frantic feeling that the echo what the lyrics are all about, our local drug dealer, Jimmy. “Let him soothe your soul/just take his hand/Dr. Feelgood” Judging by their reputation (and their revelations in their book, “The Dirt”), the boys in Mötley Crüe knew Jimmy well. Nikki Sixx undoubtedly had him on speed dial. They tell writers to write what they know, and Mötley Crüe does just that.

Vince Neil has one of those great metal voices that weren’t made for songs like “Love on the Rocks.” It was made for songs like this one. That gravely growl/sing thing that he’s got going on may be annoying to some, but if you really love rock/metal songs, his is a voice of a generation. Nikki Sixx often matches the guitar melody with his bass, giving the chorus that extra thump. It’s nice to see a bass player that realizes he doesn’t always get noticed. It’s like that utility infielder in baseball who doesn’t care where or when he plays, he just wants to help his team win. Given the fact that Nikki co-wrote almost all of Mötley Crüe’s songs, including this one, the sacrifice for the good of the song hasn’t gone unnoticed by me.

This is the title track for the album that was the first that they did with mega-producer Bob Rock. Rock brought a lushness of sound that was missing in earlier Crüe albums. Lots of people denigrate Rock's production style, comparing it to Mutt Lange's overproduced hair metal records earlier in the 80's. I say good production isn't necessarily a bad thing. If you've listened to the redone Beatles songs done for the Cirque du Soleil show, Love, I'd argue that many of those mixes are superior to the originals. So give Bob his credit, he helps craft some amazing songs. Just ask the guys in Metallica (we'll talk more about them later).

A great rock song I could probably listen to every day for the rest of my life, Dr. Feelgood takes a brutal subject matter and makes it almost fun with it’s guitar hooks and melody that won’t let you go. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not, but I can promise you, I’m putting it on again right now.

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