Nikki Sixx talks new Motley Crue music for ‘The Dirt,’ weighs in on Ariana Grande fame

There’s a reason Motley Crue’s new music is all about dirt.

The ’80s icons wrote three new songs for their upcoming Netflix biopic “The Dirt” (streaming March 22), all of which were written as potential title tracks.

Once they landed on what would become lead single “The Dirt,” featuring rapper Machine Gun Kelly, “the label said, ‘Just go rewrite the choruses, and the other songs will be called something else,'” says bassist Nikki Sixx. “To be honest with you, I was like, ‘These songs sound so good the way they are,’ so I told the label that I changed the choruses, but I never did. I just changed the titles – all of the songs say ‘the dirt’ in (the lyrics).”

The other two songs – “Ride with the Devil” and “Crash and Burn” – will be included on the film’s official soundtrack (out March 22), along with the band’s Metallica-style take on Madonna’s “Like a Virgin.”

“Dirt” marks Motley Crue’s first new music together since 2015 single “All Bad Things,” which was released in conjunction with their farewell tour. Sixx, 60, chatted with USA TODAY about the reunion, Ariana Grande and drummer Tommy Lee’s new marriage.

Nikki Sixx: He’s a great guy; he’s passionate. … I’m a fan, Tommy’s a fan and also a friend of his. He chopped it up and added 32 bars, and just did this Gatling-gun, fast-vocal thing. He asked me, “What do you want me to write about?” And I go, “You lived the movie – write what you want to write.” It feels like a continuation of the message of the songs, so that’s really cool. I’ve seen some fans online being like, “I can’t believe Motley Crue has a rapper on a song,” and I’m like, “You guys gotta slow down and trust the band that we know what we’re doing.”


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