Global music company BMG has acquired the entire recorded catalogue of Mötley Crüe. According to the announcement, the new deal includes the band’s complete recorded output spanning their 40-year career totaling nine studio albums from their 1981 debut, Too Fast For Love, through the latest release in 2008 Saints Of Los Angeles, along with all live albums and compilation sets.
Mötley Crüe said in statement announcing the agreement: “It feels amazing to be collaborating with our new partners at BMG. Their extensive track record of success in Rock made them the perfect home to continue preserving and growing our musical legacy, ensuring we always stay at The Top.”
Crüe manager Allen Kovac added: “After working side by side with BMG for well over a decade, the relationship we have developed and success we’ve accomplished over the years made this a very easy transition to entrust with this treasured rock catalog. Working with BMG in any capacity, whether that’s publishing or records, has always been a great experience.”
BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch said: “This is more than just a significant transaction. It’s a new chapter for an extraordinary catalog. Few bands understand the myth and the magic of Rock like Mötley Crüe do. In an increasingly competitive rights acquisition market, artists need to be convinced that a buyer will do the right thing with their work. I am delighted that Mötley Crüe have decided BMG will be the best custodians of their musical career.”
When we last caught up with drummer Tommy Lee he recalled the sessions for Dr. Feelgood as being among his favorite Crüe sessions: “It's a great record. The vibe was cool. Aerosmith was recording next door, I think they were working on Pump, and it was just that the energy was incredible. And we just like all went and focused, nobody was distracted, y'know how that goes, and it was just one of those good times.”