Mötley Crüe release Dr. Feelgood
Dr. Feelgood is the fifth album by the American hard rock band Mötley Crüe, released on September 1, 1989.
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." In order to minimize conflict and allow production of the record to proceed smoothly, Rock had each member record their parts separately.
Dr. Feelgood topped the Billboard 200 chart, 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.
Dr. Feelgood has sold more than 6 million copies in the U.S. 2010 to date, and went Gold in the U.K. 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.