Five Rounds: Mӧtley Crüe Vs. Poison

Mӧtley Crüe – Shout At The Devil

The hair metal scene of the ’80s may be a faint memory, but kingpins Mӧtley Crüe were still going strong up until the end of 2015, when their farewell tour ended. Sure, the Crüe hadn’t release much new music over the last two decades, but they were still selling out arenas. For an act that peaked with its second album — 1983’s Shout At The Devil — that’s an amazing feat.

Shout At The Devil features a young band of misfits hungry for success (and excess). Tracks like the razor sharp “Looks That Kill,” and the surprisingly melodic “Too Young To Fall In Love,” are two of the best songs Mӧtley Crüe recorded during their storied career. The caustic “Bastard” (reportedly inspired by a manager who ripped the band off), and an hypnotic cover of the Beatles’ “Helter Skelter,” are rock solid as well.

Poison – Look What The Cat Dragged In

Although they managed to sell millions of albums, Poison were always the ugly step-children of the hair metal scene. Granted, the band had its moments of genius, like the #1 1988 hit “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn,” but for the most part, they lived in the shadows of hardcore acts like Guns N’ Roses and AC/DC. The band’s 1986 debut album, Looked What The Cat Dragged In, was a pure party record that was filled with enough cheese to feed a city of mice.

Light on substance but jam-packed with fun, Look What The Cat Dragged In featured such ’80s gems as “Talk Dirty To Me” and “I Want Action.” The latter, a roughly recorded song about chasing skirts and scoring, bombed on the charts but spoke to a lot of teen boys polishing their way through puberty. The album’s golden moment was the top 20 single “I Won’t Forget You.” A lighter-waving balled that was perfect for live venues, the song peaked at #12.

Winner: Mӧtley Crüe, first round k.o. Outside of Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite For Destruction, few rock albums of the ’80s had the sting of Shout At The Devil.