Motley Crue - Shout at the Devil - Controversial Album Cover

Motley Crue - Shout at the Devil - Controversial Album Cover

Posted by MATT LEHMAN on Aug 24th 2023

Motley Crue - Shout At The Devil  

It was released on September 23, 1983 and is their second studio album.

It was supposed to be called "Shout With The Devil" but the label said no.

The pentagram on the front got the panties of christian groups twisted saying it was encouraging kids to worship satan and as we know from other record from this decade, satan was EVERYWHERE in the 80s.  I'm surprised we made it out alive. There are versions of this jacket that are black without the pentagram including the club copies.

Nikki Sixx was obsessed with the occult and brought the pentagram over from his days with "sister", a metal band he was in in the late 70’s with Wasp’s lead singer Black Lawless. Sister was well known for using occult images, blood, face paint, lots of theatrics, and of course, a pentagram in their logo. Sixx even asked Lawless for permission to use some of the occult images for shout at the devil.

There is also an unreleased track from Shout At the Devil called “I will survive” that has them chanting Jesus is satan back masked in the background.

Sixx has always said the meaning of the title was about pushing back. “It can be about the perceived enemy at hand, the devil inside or someone on a wobbly campaign trail."

This has nothing to do with this album other than they were touring at the time, but The Crue was so disliked during the monsters of rock tour that Van Halen and AC/DC demanded they be removed from the bill. They were too big at that time, so the promoter came up with this plan:  When Motley Crue made it to the venue they would immediately enter their trailer then a crane would lift it several meters off the ground and they would stay there until they were to go on stage then they would leave immediately after their performance.  I feel bad for the groupies.  They were the ones that were truly hurt by this arrangement.