Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard discussed Motley Crue in a new Let There Be Talk interview.
“I mean, the first Motley Crue record was punk-rock to me. It was in that Motorhead, Sex Pistols area. It is heavy, and at the time, the hair and the makeup – it was a little bit more gender-bending, it felt a little bit exciting in this kind of the Bowie sort of way.
“That was just like, ‘Wow, you can be a freak.’ Yeah, we were absorbing that, and bands like The Cult who made that record with Rick Rubin, which was just like a romantic goth band from the ’80s. Then they did this kind of shift and it felt great.
“It’s like, ‘I want to shift, I want to try, I want to mix stuff together.’ That was the exciting thing about the ’80s – all bets were off, it’s going to be dance or it could be glam, or it could be funk, or it could be heavy metal…
“And we were absorbing that but it’s Andy Wood as an artist that gave that band that spirit. I’m still in awe of the gravity of his persona – we’re still unpacking our relationship with Andy and his impact in terms of his artistry, just his joy, and his love of all different kinds of music.
“Freddie Mercury, Prince, all these way-out, flamboyant stars, but also punk-rock. And it was just such an eye-opening thing for me to experience – people that loved all kinds of music, and I’ve never recovered.
“I’m still in that feeling of like, ‘How do you just listen to stuff and then just sort of anything goes?’ What’s a bridge that sounds like it’s from another era or something that just happens that you’re like, ‘Oh, that’s different. Why is it different? What’s good about it?'” Ultimate-Guitar transcribed his comments.