In their day, they were the most raffish band in the land -- a motley crew indeed. Anyone who followed the Crüe during their halcyon days in the 1980s or has read their bio -- the appropriately titled The Dirt -- will know just what a wild bunch Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, and Mick Mars really were. Also appropriately titled is this DVD, Greatest Video Hits. You get what you pay for with this one. From their days as MTV darlings through their phase with Neil's temporary replacement John Corabi and beyond, this disc presents the glitz, the grit, the girls, and the pure gluttony for excess that these L.A. metallurgists stood for. Like shots from an Uzi, you get Mötley's best-loved videos of their best-loved songs in rapid fire. No truncating, interjections, filler, or fluff. Just the blood, guts, and silly makeup. Of course, there are extras, but the 21 clips start off the DVD uninterrupted. You've got classic hair metal rockers like "Dr. Feelgood" and "Girls, Girls, Girls," a rousing concert version of the Sex Pistols' "Anarchy in the U.K.," and the band's coolest story video, the over-the-top clip for Brownsville Station's "Smokin' in the Boys Room." There are also six alternate videos (including the X-rated version of "Girls, Girls, Girls"), an informative interview with Sixx and Lee from 2003, and even three hidden tracks -- "Public Enemy #1," "Take Me to the Top," and "Shout 97" -- which are, for some insane reason, very hidden (but if you search the web you'll find the codes to hunt down these Easter eggs). Visual and sonic highlights abound: Lee's gyroscopic drum kit cage riding out over concert audiences; gargoyle Mars' blazing guitar solos; and, natch, plenty of great '80s cheese. And it's nice to see later stuff documented -- Corabi was a very able singer, even if politics did eventually force him out of the band. And the flirting-with-a-Cure-fetish song "Afraid" is a curio in itself. OK, some of this stuff is dated but there really isn't a dull moment. If you're a Crüe fan, or you think there might be one skulking deep inside of you, you have to have this video/DVD. It's Mötley law!
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