Tommy Lee, drummer of that musical 80s relic known as Mötley Crüe, has threatened us: He will leave the United States if President Trump is reelected to a second term, or so he says.
I am a child of the 1980s. I can therefore remember the heyday of Mötley Crüe and Tommy Lee.
That was in like, 1984. I seriously doubt that anyone much under the age of 45 could even name a single Mötley Crüe song.
And Mötley Crüe wasn’t that good, anyway. With its quasi-occult imagery, Mötley Crüe was too sinister to be a straightforwardly fun act like Def Leppard or Bon Jovi. At the same time, the group lacked the gravitas of a Ronnie James Dio or a Black Sabbath. The band’s trademark pentagram was just a schmaltzy prop.
There is but one bright spot in the group’s oeuvre: “Looks that Kill” is a ho-hum metal tune that I don’t mind hearing once every two or three years. The song does bring back a few memories. But there was much better music in those days, even among the glam metal bands. Heck, even Ratt was a lot better than Mötley Crüe.
This blog recognizes diversity of thought…to a point. Readers will have their own reasons for voting for or against President Trump. I would be willing to bet, though, that approximately no one casts their presidential ballot in 2020 with a mind to keeping Tommy Lee in the United States.
If AC/DC or Iron Maiden threatens a boycott of the United States over President Trump, I may need to rethink my political allegiances. But Tommy Lee and Mötley Crüe simply haven’t given us enough reason to care about their opinions, 35 years after their music was last relevant.