Nikki Sixx Recalls His Disappointment Over Mötley Crüe’s ‘Shout At The Devil’

Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx recently shared an Instagram post and explained why their second album ‘Shout At The Devil’ was a disappointment for him due to the conflicts with their record label.

1983 saw the release of ‘Shout At The Satan,’ Mötley Crüe’s second and breakthrough album. While it was widely praised in metal circles for its lyrical content and instrumentation, the record also created controversy due to the satanic and dark themes it explored. That wasn’t the only controversy about ‘Shout At The Satan.’ This album is also known for causing conflicts between the band members and their record label for various reasons.

For instance, this wasn’t even the first agreed-upon title for the album, as the band members wanted to name it ‘Shout With The Devil,’ which was a fair title for an album that explored the theme of evil. However, it seems like the title was not the only part of the album that caused some controversy between the band and the record label. There was also a problem with the cover art.

Nikki Sixx mentioned that incident in his latest Instagram post and expressed his disappointment. According to Sixx’s statement, the album’s cover and the images on the inside were not put the way the band members wanted. In the initial design approved by the band members, the visuals were all inside, but the record label chose to move them to the cover.

He expressed that this incident marked the beginning of many conflicts between them and the record label, which would last for many years. Moreover, Sixx said they were and still are proud of their album, and it was a natural step for them following their previous album.

Here is Nikki Sixx’s recent Instagram post:

“Awesome day in history for the band. Slight back story. Those of you who remember the original vinyl version was sold in all black with a glossy pentagram on the front. The photos were all inside, and that’s how we designed it. Later the record label changed it to put the photos inside on the cover for the cassette and later the CD.

It was not what we wanted, and I remember being pretty bummed. We wanted what our original vision was for the artwork. That was the beginning of many years of fighting with our label… nonetheless. We were and are proud of this album. It was a natural step for us after ‘Too Fast For Love.’ What are your top 3 fav songs on this album?

And on this day in 1983, our second album ‘Shout At The Devil’ was released…

‘But in the seasons of wither, We’ll stand and deliver

Be strong and laugh and Shout, Shout, Shout…'”

You can check out Nikki Sixx’s recent post on Instagram below.

Photo Credit: Nikki Sixx – Instagram