Nikki Sixx believes Mötley Crüe’s music was 100% overshadowed by members’ extracurricular activities
Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx was recently interviewed by Kerrang and asked whether the band’s music was overshadowed by the band members’ extracurricular activities.
Sixx answered: “One hundred per cent. One thing that we all agreed on early on was that we would be very honest about our lives. So we’d do an interview and be asked what we did the night before, and we’d answer, ‘Oh, we did some cocaine, got into a fight and fucked a prostitute.’ And they would look at us and say, ‘Who the fuck are these people?’ But there were other people who were doing that who didn’t talk about it. I won’t mention any names, but there were quite a few bands who I talked to when I was doing The Heroin Diaries who said, ‘God, please don’t let people know that we did that too.’ And that was just never Mötley’s way. We were very open lyrically and in interviews, and it kind of took off from there. And then with the book The Dirt, people were reading about us, but not really listening to the music. I mean, they’d listen to it, but all the time they’d be thinking about how wild we were. One of the things we wanted to do with the film was show the musical side, too. We wanted to relaunch our music to a new fan base, and to our old fan base, too. We wanted to do exactly what you’re talking about, which is to point the finger back at the music.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Nikki Sixx at Kerrang‘s website.