Nikki Sixx is one of the most active artists there is. Apart from doing the Motley Crue shows, he does Sixx A.M., he does photography, he has a presence on social media and he does his radio show. Somewhere in between he finds time to also be a family man.
A few days ago, his mother passed away, and from that tragedy, it got me to go back and listen to the music that Nikki Sixx has created.
Dancing On Glass (1987) from Girls, Girls, Girls
Going way too fast
Gonna burn and crash
Valentine’s in London
Found me in the trash
I’m no puppet
I engrave my veins with style
It is the Mick Mars guitar riff that hooked me first, using the renowned devil tri-tone. It’s rock ‘n’ evil and it’s Nikki’s memoir to his heroin addiction. Life Is Beautiful (2007) from The Heroin Diaries by Sixx A.M. goes a step better (plus the chorus line gives a nice nod to Duran’s Duran’s Come Undone).
There’s nothing like a funeral to make you feel alive
How true is that? We complain about our life, sometimes even wishing that we are dead and then when tragedy strikes, we realise how alive we really are.
Find Myself (1997) from Generation Swine and Heart Failure (2007) from The Heroin Diaries from Sixx A.M. explore the addictions of Nikki Sixx with lyrics like “I gotta find myself some drugs, I gotta find some liquid sunshine” and “I miss today I miss the past, I miss my veins ’cause they’ve collapsed.”
However the best song that captures Nikki’s addiction is Girl With Golden Eyes (2007) from The Heroin Diaries by Sixx A.M.
She speaks to me in Persian
Tells me that she loves me
The girl with golden eyes
And though I hardly know her
I let her in my veins
And trust her with my life
I love the heroin and girl romance analogy. Credit also goes to James Michael and DJ Ashba.
On With The Show (1981) from Too Fast For Love
Frankie died just the other night
Some say it was suicide
Nikki has gone on record to say that On With The Show is about him leaving his birth name behind and taking on the Nikki Sixx name. The reference to Frankie is a reference to himself.
Dr Feelgood (1989) from Dr Feelgood
Cops on the corner always ignore
Somebody’s getting paid
Jimmy’s got it wired, law’s for hire
Got it made in the shade
It’s a movie scene. It paints a picture. It’s Scarface and Jimmy is Al Pacino. Music done right is timeless. Dr Feelgood is timeless and it is Nikki Sixx at his sober best for the first time.
Primal Scream (1991) from Decade Of Decadence
Broke dick dog
My head slung low
Tail knocked in the dirt
Time and time of being told
Trash is all I’m worth
Primal Scream was rewritten again as Face Down In The Dirt (2008) from Saints Of Los Angeles.
All I ever heard as a kid was “you’re born to lose”
All I ever wanted was a shot at breakin’ the rules
Stick To Your Guns (1981) from Too Fast For Love is the original Primal Scream.
You got to stick to your guns
What’s right for you, ain’t right for everyone
What’s It Gonna Take (2008) from Saints Of Los Angeles
So we wrote another song cut a demo on a dime
They didn’t like the sound, we didn’t fit the times
The radio station said “it’s way too loud”
I really like the autobiographical nature of songs. Down At The Whisky (2008) from Saints Of Los Angeles covers the same theme of the band trying to make it.
We slept all day in our clothes
That’s OK in hollywood
Another shot, another show
All night long at the whisky a-go-go
Poison Apples (1994) from Motley Crue
Took a Greyhound Bus down to Heartattack and Vine with a fistful of dreams and dimes
So far out didn’t know that I was in
Had a taste for a life of slime
When push came to shove, the music was the drug and the band always got to play
Sex, smack, rock, roll, mainline, overdose
Man, we lived it night and day
Poison Apples and Danger also tell the story of the band’s early days.
Danger (1983) from Shout At The Devil
So we took our dreams
Ran like hell
Lived our youth
From the wishing well
Me and the boys
Made a pack
To live or die
No turning back
Then the band finally gets signed and become slaves to the machine with a stiff middle finger raised at all authority.
Welcome To The Machine (2008) from Saints of Los Angeles
Welcome to the machine
Once it sucks you in you’ll never leave
Grind you up spit you out
After all you’re just a piece of meat
Welcome to the machine
Saints Of Los Angeles (2008) from Saints of Los Angeles
We are…we are the saints
We signed our life away
Doesn’t matter what you think
We’re gonna do it anyway
We are…we are the saints
One day you will confess
And Pray to the saints of Los Angeles.
Home Sweet Home (1985) from Theatre Of Pain
Just one more night
And I’m comin’ off this
Long & winding road
Every band that spends a lot of time on the road ends up writing a song about the road. Bob Seger did it with Turn The Page, Bon Jovi did it with Wanted Dead or Alive, Motley Crue did it with Home Sweet Home and the unreleased track Rodeo from the Girls, Girls, Girls sessions.
Rodeo (1987) from Girls, Girls, Girls
Another day, another night on stage
Lights go down, time to turn the page
Was this all I ever wanted to be
Six hundred miles, the highway calls
Another long day, now the hours get small
Riding out this rock n roll rodeo
No accolade to Nikki Sixx would be complete without reference to his favourite topic, SEX.
Girls, Girls, Girls (1987) from Girls, Girls, Girls
I got the photos, a menage a trois
Ten Seconds To Love (1983) from Shout At The Devil
Bring a girlfriend
Maybe bring two I got my camera
Make a star outta you
Let’s inject it
It’s like Nikki new that Tommy Lee and Vince Neil would end up in their own sex tapes. That’s what happens when you have keepsakes.
Punched In The Teeth By Love (2000) from New Tattoo
Construction work it’s silicone
Lights are on but no one’s home (wow)
She’s painted blue like a cartoon
Every man in town went on the honeymoon
I really like the cartoonish vibe in this song. The lyrics are witty and funny. Was Nikki referencing Pamela Anderson.
THEN comes the new Holy Bible, Nikki Sixx style.
Wild Side (1987) from Girls, Girls, Girls is Save Our Souls part 2.
Kneel down ye sinners, to
Greed’s been crowned the new King
Hollywood dream teens
Yesterday’s trash queens
Save the blessings for the final ring-
Save Our Souls (1985) from Theatre of Pain
Black Angels laughing in the city streets
Street toys scream in pain and clench their teeth
The moonlight spot lights all the city crime
Got no religion, Laugh while they fight
Save our souls for the heavens
For a life so good it sure feels bad
Save our souls for the heavens
Save our souls for the promised land
Sure Feels Right (2011) from This Is Gonna Hurt by Sixx A.M.
I’m driving down Sunset Boulevard,
Sex Pistols on the radio in my car,
And I must be high,
I just saw Jesus walk by.
Again, a picture is painted with these four lines. I can relate. I can’t even recall how many times I have seen Jesus look a likes among the homeless. Oh My God covers this theme even better.
Oh My God (2011) from The Heroin Diaries by Sixx A.M.
And we sit in our highrise apartments and complain about things that don’t matter,
And we race through this life just to see who can die with as much as we can gather,
And a few blocks away a teenage mother plays Russian Roulette with her daughter,
Is this the best that we can do, is this the best that we can do.
We focus on all the wrong things. Nikki even eluded to it, in his recent Facebook posts.
Thank you for all the supportive posts here and on Twitter about the passing of my Mom.Her and my grandfather Tom’s recent passing is a gentle reminder of how fragile time is and a not so gentle sledgehammer to the heart that non of us get out of this life alive.If your wasting time procrastinating on anything trust me when I say “You’ll be sorry”.
I waited too long after a rocky road with my mother to try and rebuild the broken fence’s.You can never get time back.We all make mistakes and that was mine…..Again,thank you because it reminds me reading your posts how much we’re all alike…….
And of course that post, reminded me of a song that was released by the Brides of Destruction.
Life (2004) from Here Comes The Brides by Brides of Destruction
This is life this is it
It’s not everything you want
It’s everything you get believe it
It’s not worth leaving
Yeah this is life once again
It’s been knocking at your door
You ought to let it in
Don’t waste it it’s time you faced it