During an appearance on Full in Bloom, producer Tom Werman looked back on working with Motley Crue on 1983’s “Shout at the Devil.”
Here’s what he said:
“Well, they did – Tommy [Lee, drums] was second, I think, most creative person in that band, and of course Mick [Mars, guitar] was the third.
“Vince [Neil, vocals], you know, he did what he had to do, he didn’t do as much creating as the other guys. Nikki was the brains behind the outfits.”
Is there any kind of moment that stands out more than the other from the ‘Shout at the Devil’ sessions? Is there something you think of from time to time?
“When I think about those times I think about Tommy – mainly Tommy – and his enthusiasm and his curiosity about the newest technology in drumming.
“He was really, really curious and adventurous in his approach to the drums, and he always wanted to use the latest technology – he was into samples pretty early.
“I remember that and I remember being grateful to him for getting really good drum tracks right away, so we didn’t have to do a lot of editing.
“You had a solid drum track to build on, and he did that, and I just enjoyed his whole vibe in the studio. He really drove the train when they went in to play. They would run through the song live.
“I remember struggling with Vince. [Laughs] He would get in there and try his hardest, but sometimes he just didn’t produce too many keepers because he had stayed up all night partying.”