"Mötley Crüe" was formed on January 17 1981, by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee. The two toured the clubs searching for potential members, where they found guitarist Mick Mars and vocalist Vince Neil, performing in bands called White Horse and Rock Candy.
The name originates from a member of White Horse, who commented that the group looked like a "motley looking crew". Mars used this phrase to name his new band, adapting it to "Mottley Cru". The wise decision to glam this up was quickly made, and Mötley Crüe was the final result.
The early days of the band were not exotic ones. They lived in a cramped apartment dubbed "the Mötley House", where their nonstop hellraising turned the place into a dystopian wasteland. Due to the band's admirably nonchalant practise of lighting Nikki on fire to get pumped up for gigs, there was a strip of burn marks on every carpet. This was the least of their worries.
Under first manager Allan Coffman they released their first album "Too Fast For Love" on their own "Leathür." 20,000 copies were sold, giving the group the leverage needed to negotiate a deal with "Elektra."
In 1983 the Crue changed management, taking on Doug Thaler and Doc McGhee