Motley Crue’s long anticipated biopic movie, The Dirt comes out next Friday on Netflix (March 22nd) and to help promote the movie, the band recorded an EP of tunes.
We’ve already heard their collaboration with Machine Gun Kelly (who plays Tommy Lee in the film). Today, Crue releases a cover of the Madonna song “Like A Virgin.”
We try to avoid editorializing negatively, but this song is just no bueno. It’s not quite a straight cover of the original, but it adds so little that it begs the question – why even bother? Why did they need to do this? Perhaps once I watch the movie, there is a tie in, but this just seems really random.
Nikki Sixx explained to Billboard how he got the idea for the track:
The bassist says it came to him while he was taking a stroll with his dogs, which he does at the end of each day as part of his meditative practice. “When my mind’s open like that, these ideas pop in,” he observes. “And [it] popped in my head, and I sort of like looked up, as if to laugh at God, and went, ‘You’re pretty funny.’” Sixx felt it was “actually a really horrible idea.” When he told Rock, the producer replied, “Yeah, I don’t know. Good luck!” But Sixx impressed him and Lee with a rough demo he had cut, and the band completely renovated the track but left the lyrics intact. (“It was weird to hear Vince singing, ‘I’m like a virgin,’” he admits.) There’s a part of the song that “does this little gahnk-guh-guh-guh-guh-guh-gahnk that Mick does, a bit of a nod to Metallica because [when] Metallica heard the Dr. Feelgood album, [they] used Bob Rock to make the Black Album,” says Sixx. “It’s kind of a nod back to those guys because we were workin’ with Bob again.”
The track appears on The Dirt soundtrack, featuring 18 tracks, 14 of which are Motley classics.