Song Review: Motley Crue – “Without You”

“Without You” was released as the third single from Motley Crue’s 1989 album, Dr. Feelgood. The single was released on March 12, 1990, and peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100.

I was 14 years old and in the ninth grade when this single was released. This was an era where power ballads were common to hear on the radio, and I liked quite a few of them. So it was no surprise that I liked “Without You” from the first moment I heard it; of course, it also helped that I had heard a couple of previous singles from the album that I had enjoyed as well. I really liked the sound of this particular power ballad.

At the time the single was being promoted, I liked the music video that was made to accompany it. But re-watching the video right before writing this up, I could see that it really hasn’t withstood the test of time. While some of the effects and shots they went for looked surreal and interesting back in 1990, now they look rather cheesy and dated. And I have to admit that I never did understand why the shots of the live jaguar were included. Oh well. I still enjoy the song, even if I’m not as impressed by the video as I was when I was a teenager.

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