Dr. Feelgood (album)

Dr. Feelgood (album)

Dr. Feelgood
Studio album by Mötley Crüe
Released September 1, 1989
Recorded 1989
Studio Little Mountain Sound Studios, Vancouver, Canada
Genre Heavy metal, glam metal
Length 45:07
Label Elektra
Producer Bob Rock
Mötley Crüe chronology
Raw Tracks
Dr. Feelgood
Decade of Decadence
Singles from Dr. Feelgood
  1. "Dr. Feelgood"
    Released: August 28, 1989
  2. "Kickstart My Heart"
    Released: November 20, 1989
  3. "Without You"
    Released: March 12, 1990
  4. "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)"
    Released: May 28, 1990
  5. "Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)"
    Released: July 31, 1990

Dr. Feelgood is the fifth studio album by the American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, released on September 1, 1989. Dr. Feelgood topped the Billboard 200 chart and was the first album Mötley Crüe recorded after their quest for sobriety and rehabilitation in 1989.[1] In addition to being Mötley Crüe's best selling album, it is highly regarded by music critics and fans as the band's best studio album.


  • Recording 1
  • Release 2
  • Reception 3
  • Legacy 4
  • Track listing 5
  • Personnel 6
    • Mötley Crüe 6.1
    • Additional musicians 6.2
    • Production 6.3
  • Charts 7
    • Album 7.1
    • Singles 7.2
  • Certifications 8
  • Dr. Feelgood The Videos 9
  • References 10


Canadian producer Bob Rock provided the record with a lush, vibrant sound, applying production values which had been lacking from the band's previous releases.

Rock found the process of working with Mötley Crüe difficult, describing the band as "four L.A. bad asses who used to drink a bottle of wine and want to kill each other."[2] In order to minimize conflict and allow production of the record to proceed smoothly, Rock had each member record their parts separately.[2]

The lyrics of "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)" feature a reference to a previous song by the band, "Too Young to Fall in Love".


Dr. Feelgood has sold more than 6 million copies in the U.S. to date,[3] and went Gold in the U.K.[4] In various interviews, members of Mötley Crüe stated that it was their most solid album from a musical standpoint, due in no small part to their collective push for sobriety.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[5]
BBC Music (favourable)[6]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[7]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/5 stars[8]
Martin Popoff 7/10 stars[9]
Metal Storm (9.0/10)[10]
Record Collector 3/5 stars[11]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[12]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[13]

Reviews for Dr. Feelgood have been mostly positive. All critics remarked the renewed energy and entertaining values which permeates all the tracks of the album,[5][6][7][8][9][11][12][13] bringing the listeners "in a world of everlasting party",[10] where they "savored the joys of trashy, unapologetically decadent fun".[5] Bob Rock's meticulous production was universally praised,[5][6][9][12][13] in particular for affording "the band the ability to write stronger melodic hooks without losing the hard rock sound they so coveted"[13] and for the power of the guitar riffs.[8][12] Canadian journalist Martin Popoff wrote that Dr. Feelgood is an album "made by a dumb band trying really hard"[9] and, in BBC Music reviewer's opinion, listening to it may well be "a glitzy flashy experience... ultimately shallow and narcissistic".[6] However, other critics stated that Mötley Crüe are not "out to win humanitarian awards or impress us with lyrical muscle",[7] but to rock "...hard"![8]

"Dr. Feelgood" and "Kickstart My Heart" were both nominated for Grammy awards for Best Hard Rock Performance, but lost twice to Living Colour.[14] Mötley Crüe also won an award at the American Music Awards in January 1991 for Dr. Feelgood as the best Hard rock/Heavy metal album of the year.[15]


Lars Ulrich of Metallica asked Bob Rock to produce their self-titled album after being impressed with Rock's production work on Dr. Feelgood.[16]

Nike SB created a shoe based on the album cover.

As of October 14, 2008, the album, minus the opening track "T.N.T. (Terror 'N Tinseltown)" because of length and playability, has become downloadable content for the Rock Band video game series.

To mark the twentieth anniversary of the album, Mötley Crüe performed the album in its entirety at Crüe Fest 2.[17]

Track listing

All lyrics written by Nikki Sixx
No. Title Music Length
1. "T.n.T. (Terror 'n Tinseltown)"   Sixx 0:42
2. "Dr. Feelgood"   Mick Mars, Sixx 4:50
3. "Slice of Your Pie"   Sixx, Mars 4:32
4. "Rattlesnake Shake"   Mars, Sixx, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee 3:40
5. "Kickstart My Heart"   Sixx 4:48
6. "Without You"   Sixx, Mars 4:29
7. "Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)"   Lee, Sixx, Neil, Mars 4:12
8. "Sticky Sweet"   Mars, Sixx 3:52
9. "She Goes Down"   Mars, Sixx 4:37
10. "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)"   Sixx, Mars 4:40
11. "Time for Change"   Sixx, Donna McDaniel 4:45

The original Korean LP edition does not contain the first two tracks, "T.n.T. (Terror 'n Tinseltown)" and "Dr. Feelgood".


Mötley Crüe

  • Vince Neil – lead and backing vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica, shakers
  • Mick Mars – guitars, backing vocals
  • Nikki Sixx – bass guitars (all but 11), backing vocals, organ (11), piano (11)
  • Tommy Lee – drums, percussion, backing vocals

Additional musicians

  • Bob Rock – bass (11), background vocals (2, 4, 8, 9)
  • John Webster – honky tonk piano (4), keyboards & programming
  • Tom Keenlyside, Ian Putz, Ross Gregory, Henry Christian – marguerita horns (4)
  • Donna McDaniel, Emi Canyn, Marc LaFrance, David Steele – background vocals
  • Steven Tyler – background vocals (8), intro (3) ("Nikki and Tommy and I hung out a lot," said Tyler, who was in Vancouver around the same time, recording Pump. "Of course, we're all akin by our old drinking and drugging days."[18])
  • Bryan Adams – background vocals (8)
  • Jack Blades – background vocals (7, 8)
  • Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen – background vocals (9)
  • Skid Row, Bob Dowd, Mike Amato, Toby Francis – background vocals (11)


  • Bob Rock - producer, engineer, mixing
  • Randy Staub - engineer, mixing
  • Chris Taylor - assistant engineer
  • George Marino - mastering at Sterling Sound, New York
  • Bob Defrin – art direction
  • Don Brautigam – cover art illustration
  • William Hames – photography
  • Kevin Brady – artwork, design
  • Mike Amato - project coordinator


Preceded by
Forever Your Girl by Paula Abdul
Billboard 200 number-one album
October 14, 1989 – October 27, 1989
Succeeded by
Rhythm Nation 1814 by Janet Jackson


Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1997 6x Platinum (+ 6,000,000)[3]
Canada CRIA 1990 3x Platinum (+ 300,000)[39]
UK BPI 1991 Gold (+ 100,000)[4]
Switzerland IFPI Switzerland 1991 Gold (+ 25,000)[40]

Dr. Feelgood The Videos

Dr Feelgood The Videos is a video album released in 1990 and features all the music videos from the album, concert footage and interview and recording session footage.

Videos include

  1. "Dr. Feelgood"
  2. "Kickstart My Heart"
  3. "Without You"
  4. "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)"
  5. "Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)"


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