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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 22: Motley Crue perform during a taping of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" at Rockefeller Center on January 22, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/NBC/Getty Images for "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon")

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Motley Crue: “Dr. Feelgood”

The Hook: A song about a Hollywood drug dealer, sung fast like a rap song…but it’s not one.

Album: Dr. Feelgood

Year: 1989

Writer: Nikki Sixx

Stats: Peaked at number-six on the Billboard Hot 100 and number-seven on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Background: “Dr. Feelgood” is the title of both Motley Crue’s highest-charting and biggest-selling single and its only number-one album. Singer Vince Neil tells us what it was about, with a little help from drummer Tommy Lee.

Motley Crue singer Vince Neil on what “Dr. Feelgood” is about, with a little help from drummer Tommy Lee. OC:… :22

Vince: “The song is about a guy named Rat Tailed Jimmy [sings] ‘a second class hood, he deals out in Hollywood.’ About a drug dealer that’s going down in Hollywood. It’s kind of like a rap song – fast lyrics, you know.”

Tommy: “Like a lot of scatting, yeah.”

Vince: “[scats] But with the heavy chunk guitar [imitates it]. It ain’t a rap song. It’s just like, y’know, words that are fast.”