Mötley Crüe Revisit Roots On New Tattoo

Rock band's upcoming album said to have raw feel, similar to 1981 debut, Too Fast for Love.

Rockers Mötley Crüe are recording their eighth studio album, New Tattoo, which will have a sound reminiscent of their 1981 debut LP, a band spokesperson said.

"It's very similar to the rawness of Too Fast for Love," Ashley Smith of Beyond Music said. "They've always had that melody hook, then the pounding bass that makes it rock 'n' roll, and that's exactly what this album is going to be all about."

Too Fast for Love featured such driving rock tunes as "Live Wire" (RealAudio excerpt). The new album, due June 20 on Mötley Records/Beyond Music, will include hard-rocking, L.A.-themed tunes with such working titles as "Hollywood Ending" and "I'm in Love With a Porno Star."

The album follows 1997's Generation Swine and is being produced by metal veteran Mike Clink, who helmed Guns N' Roses' seminal Appetite for Destruction, as well as their 1999 archival live album.

Mötley Crüe's lineup includes founding bassist Nikki Sixx, singer Vince Neil, guitarist Mick Mars and drummer Randy Castillo. Founding drummer Tommy Lee, who left the band last year, is touring with his rap-metal group Methods of Mayhem.

In a multimedia blitz coinciding with the album's release, Mötley Crüe are planning a summer tour of amphitheaters and will release a biography titled "The Dirt" — a history of the band, written from its members' point of view — and a PC video game.