Mötley Crüe is an American heavy metal band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1981. The group was founded by bass-guitarist Nikki Sixx, drummer Tommy Lee, and later joined by lead guitarist Mick Mars and lead singer Vince Neil. The band members were as well known for their backstage groupie antics, outrageous clothing, extreme high-heeled boots, heavily applied make-up, and seemingly endless abuse of alcohol and drugs as for their recordings.
Their mixture of heavy metal and glam rock styling produced several best-selling albums during the 1980s, including "Shout at the Devil" (1983), "Theatre of Pain" (1985), and "Girls, Girls, Girls" (1987), which showcased their love of motorcycles, whiskey and strip clubs, and which told tales of substance abuse, sexual escapades, and general decadence.
Mötley Crüe has been featured on a number of VH1 countdown shows, "Live Wire" was ranked the #17 Greatest Metal Song Of All Time, and "Home Sweet Home" was ranked the #12 Greatest Power Ballad Of All Time. The band was ranked #29 on VH1's list of the greatest hard rock bands.
They were ranked tenth on MTV's list "Top 10 Heavy Metal Bands of All-Time". The band has influenced many bands and artists such as Slipknot, Poison, Skid Row, White Zombie and Marilyn Manson among others.
Mötley Crüe has sold more than 80 million album copies worldwide, including 25 million in the U.S