Dr. Feelgood (album)

Dr. Feelgood (album)
Dr. Feelgood
Studio album by Mötley Crüe
Released September 1, 1989
Recorded Little Mountain Sound Studios in Vancouver, Canada
Genre Glam metal, hard rock, heavy metal
Length 45:07
Label Elektra
Producer Bob Rock
Mötley Crüe chronology
Raw Tracks
Dr. Feelgood
Decade of Decadence
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]

Dr. Feelgood is the fifth album by the American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, released on September 1, 1989.


Production and marketing

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.[original research?]

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."[4] In order to minimize conflict and allow production of the record to proceed smoothly, Rock had each member record their parts separately.

Reception & sales

Dr. Feelgood topped the Billboard 200 chart,[5][6] being the first album Mötley Crüe had recorded after their quest for sobriety and rehabilitation in 1989. In addition to being Mötley Crüe's bestselling album, it is widely regarded by music critics and fans as the band's best studio album.[citation needed]

Dr. Feelgood has sold more than 6 million copies in the U.S. 2010 to date,[7] and went Gold in the U.K.[8] 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.

"Dr. Feelgood" and "Kickstart My Heart" were both nominated for Grammy awards for Best Hard Rock Performance, but lost twice to Living Colour.[9]


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".

Lars Ulrich of Metallica asked Bob Rock to produce their self titled album, after being impressed with Rock's production work on Dr. Feelgood.[10]

Nike SB created a shoe based on the album cover.

Other uses

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.[11]


The album's themes are:

Track listing

All lyrics written by Nikki Sixx

No. Title Music Length
1. "T.nT. (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
2003 Remastered Edition
No. Title Music Length
12. "Dr. Feelgood" (Demo version) Mars, Sixx 4:42
13. "Without You" (Demo version) Sixx, Mars 4:29
14. "Kickstart My Heart" (Demo version) Sixx 4:48
15. "Get It for Free" (Unreleased track) Sixx 4:14
16. "Time for Change" (Demo version) Sixx, McDaniel 4:45
2009 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition (Released in North America)
No. Title Music Length
12. "Dr. Feelgood" (Live) Mars, Sixx 5:12
13. "Kickstart My Heart" (Live) Sixx 5:28
14. "Without You" (Live) Sixx, Mars 3:06
15. "Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)" (Live) Lee, Sixx, Neil, Mars 4:31
16. "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)" (Live) Sixx, Mars 4:14
2009 20th Anniversary Edition: Deluxe Edition Disc 2* (Release in Europe)
No. Title Music Length
1. "Dr. Feelgood" (Demo version) Mars, Sixx 4:42
2. "Without You" (Demo version) Sixx, Mars 4:29
3. "Kickstart My Heart" (Demo version) Sixx 4:48
4. "Get it for Free" (Unreleased track) Sixx 4:14
5. "Time for Change" (Demo version) Sixx, McDaniel 4:45
6. "Girls, Girls, Girls" (Live Around the World 89-90) Sixx, Lee, Mars 5:41
7. "Red Hot" (Live Around the World 89-90) Mars, Neil, Sixx 3:22
8. "All in the Name of Rock" (Live Around the World 89-90) Sixx, Neil 4:54
9. "Dr. Feelgood" (Live Around the World 89-90) Mars, Sixx 6:41
  • Disc one contains the original album

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


Mötley Crüe

Additional musicians

  • Donna McDaniel - background vocals on album
  • Emi Canyn - background vocals on album
  • Bryan Adams – background vocals on "Sticky Sweet"
  • Sebastian Bach – background vocals on "Time for Change"
  • Robin Zander – background vocals on "She Goes Down"
  • Mike Amato – background vocals on "Time For Change", Production Coordination, Project Coordinator
  • Jack Blades – background vocals on "Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)" and "Sticky Sweet"
  • Bob Dowd – background vocals on "Time For Change"
  • Tom Keenlyside, Ian Putz, Ross Gregory, Henry Christian – marguerita horns on "Rattlesnake Shake"
  • Marc LaFrance – background vocals on all tracks
  • Rick Nielsen – background vocals on "She Goes Down"
  • Bob Rock – bass on "Time For Change", background vocals on "Dr. Feelgood", "Rattlesnake Shake", "Sticky Sweet", "She Goes Down"
  • David Steele – background vocals
  • Steven Tyler – background vocals on "Sticky Sweet" and intro to "Slice of Your Pie"
  • Ian Geiger - studio guitar and bass on some tracks
  • John Webster – honky tonk piano on "Rattlesnake Shake", various keyboards & programming


  • Produced By Bob Rock
  • Recorded & Engineered By Randy Staub, Matty Spindel & Bob Rock
  • Assistant Engineer: Chris Taylor
  • Mastered By George Marino
  • Bob Defrin – Art direction
  • Don Brautigam – Cover art illustration
  • William Hames – Photography
  • Kevin Brady – Artwork, Design

Chart positions


Year Chart Position
1989 The Billboard 200 1[6]


Year Single Chart Position
1989 "Dr. Feelgood" Billboard Hot 100 6[12]
Mainstream Rock Tracks 7[12]
"Kickstart My Heart" Mainstream Rock Tracks 18[12]
1990 Billboard Hot 100 27[12]
"Without You" Billboard Hot 100 8[12]
Mainstream Rock Tracks 11[12]
"Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)" Billboard Hot 100 19[12]
Mainstream Rock Tracks 13[12]
"Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)" Billboard Hot 100 78[12]
Mainstream Rock Tracks 34[12]


Organization Level Date
RIAA – United States Gold November 02, 1989
Platinum November 02, 1989
2x Platinum November 02, 1989
3x Platinum March 21, 1990
4x Platinum January 16, 1991
6x Platinum May 15, 1997
CRIA – Canada Gold Mar 08, 1990
Platinum Mar 08, 1990
2x Platinum Mar 08, 1990
3x Platinum Mar 08, 1990


  1. ^ Dr. Feelgood (album) at Allmusic
  2. ^ Music reviewer
  3. ^ Rolling Stone magazine review
  4. ^ Odell, M. "Twilight of the Gods", Blender, March 2005.
  5. ^ Weber , Barry & Greg Prato. "Mötley Crüe > Biography." Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2007-10-17.
  6. ^ a b "Album info Dr. Feelgood". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.. http://www.billboard.com/#/album/m%C3%B6tley-cr%C3%BCe/dr-feelgood/101123. Retrieved 19 August 2009. 
  7. ^ "RIAA Gold & Platinum database-Dr. Feelgood". http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?resultpage=1&table=SEARCH_RESULTS&action=&title=dr&artist=motley&format=ALBUM&debutLP=&category=&sex=&releaseDate=&requestNo=&type=&level=&label=&company=&certificationDate=&awardDescription=&catalogNo=&aSex=&rec_id=&charField=&gold=&platinum=&multiPlat=&level2=&certDate=&album=&id=&after=&before=&startMonth=1&endMonth=1&startYear=1958&endYear=2009&sort=Artist&perPage=25. Retrieved March 8, 2009. 
  8. ^ "BPI certified awards-Dr. Feelgood:Gold". http://www.bpi.co.uk/platinum/platinumright.asp?rq=search_plat&r_id=2886. Retrieved March 8, 2009. [dead link]
  9. ^ Grammy Awards:Best Hard Rock Performance
  10. ^ Rosen, Craig. The Billboard Book of Number One Albums. Billboard Books, 1996 ISBN 0-8230-7586-9
  11. ^ "Motley Crue to Play Dr. Feelgood in Its Entirety During Crue Fest 2". http://www.guitarworld.com/article/motley_crue_to_play_dr_feelgood_in_it039s_entirety_during_crue_fest_2. Retrieved March 21, 2009. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Billboard singles chart history-Mötley Crüe". http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/retrieve_chart_history.do?model.chartFormatGroupName=Singles&model.vnuArtistId=5252&model.vnuAlbumId=327684. Retrieved March 8, 2009. 
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

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