Faking the Band 2 – Paging Dr. Feelgood… [Oct. 14]

Faking the Band 2 is a weekly feature detailing the latest in DLC for the Rock Band platform.

Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. Mötley Crüe has lived that mantra since 1981, and it’s no surprise that the band’s greatest accomplishment thus far, 1989’s Dr. Feelgood, takes its inspiration from that classic trifecta. Of course, the irony of it all is that today’s DLC was written and recorded after the band’s successful bout of rehab! Bassist Nikki Sixx’s near-fatal heroin overdose two years before – the inspiration for “Kickstart My Heart” – had shocked the Crüe into sobriety, and that clean bill of health certainly shows on Dr. Feelgood, their sharpest album to date from a musical standpoint.

Plenty of sexual innuendo and blatantly filthy lyrics here, gamers, somewhat like late September’s Blood Sugar Sex Magik. Even the titles are titilating: “Slice of Your Pie,” “Sticky Sweet,” “She Goes Down.” Need one go on? But, of course, there are other themes equally as exciting. Songs like the title track and “Kickstart My Heart” dive headfirst into drug addiction. It’s completely expected. After all, “Dr. Feelgood” is just another nickname for heroin. However, even with all this talk of danger and decadence, don’t be fooled into thinking that the Crüe lack a sensitive side. “Without You,” “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)” and “Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.)” are each about the timeless topics of love and heartache.

Players can expect the standard glam metal trappings, but polished to a mirror shine: distorted guitars with plenty of power chords and shredding solos, hard-hitting drum work and catchy lyrical hooks and choruses. The teased hair and gaudy makeup are completely optional, though highly recommended.

Mötley Crüe – Dr. Feelgood

[160 MS points per song / 1280 for full album / all masters]