Song Review: Motley Crue – “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)”

“Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)” was released as the fourth single from Motley Crue’s 1989 album, Dr. Feelgood. The single was released on May 28, 1990, and peaked at number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

I was 15 years old and finishing up the ninth grade when “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)” was released. I fell in love with this song the very first time I heard it. It may have been on the slower side for Motley Crue, but it’s a catchy song. Vince Neil’s vocal performance makes the listener believe that he means what he’s saying in the lyrics. And it’s hard to explain, but there’s something about the mixture of the music and lyrics that makes the song relatable.

The music video may be on the simple side, but it still tells a story. Vince, who’s in the New York, receives a call from his bandmates about a rehearsal in Los Angeles. The other band members are shown hanging out, interacting with fans, and heading to the studio. It’s then a race against time for Vince, but fortunately, he makes it there just in time. To me, one of the most memorable parts of this video happens right at the very beginning. A woman walks along, and her heel breaks. She takes off the shoe and hands it to a bum sitting nearby. After she leaves, he just looks up with this “Why me?” expression. But the bum does show up later, when Vince interacts with him before getting to the studio. I enjoy this video every time I watch it.

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