Wild Facts About Mötley Crüe, The Bad Boys Of Glam Metal

Mötley Crüe was one of the biggest bands on the planet in the late 80s and early 90s, with a string of hit records that established them at the height of the glam metal scene.

But as they say, you live by the sword, you die by the sword, and their metal lifestyle came at a steep price. Here are 42 facts that separate the truth from the myth.

Mötley Crüe Facts

1. Heavy Hitters

The heavy sound and wild behavior of Mötley Crüe was pure marketing gold in the 1980s when glam metal was in its heyday. The band was one of the best to cash in on the trend and have since become one of the biggest selling artists of all time.

All told, Mötley Crüe has sold over 100 million albums around the globe!

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2. What’s in a Name?

When it came to naming the band, Mick Mars had the winning ticket. He proposed “Mötley Crüe” because it was the name of his favorite song that he played with his former band, White Horse. Nikki Sixx had actually proposed the band be named “

Christmas,” and then he changed his mind to “X-Mas.” Going to Mars’ idea was probably for the best.

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3. Crime Pays

After his grandparents discovered that the teenaged Nikki Six spent most of his days vandalizing property and shoplifting, he was skating on thin ice—and that ice gave way when he was expelled from his high school for selling drugs on school property.

His grandparents had had enough and he was sent to live with his mother back in Seattle—the city where he bought his first bass, which he purchased after selling a guitar he'd stolen.

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