MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx says that it’s unlikely that the band will release another full-length album of new material and will instead make select tracks available via special projects in order to maximize their impact.
During a brand new interview with the Rapid City, South Dakota radio station 95.1 KSKY, Sixx was asked if there are plans for new CRÜE music to coincide with the band’s upcoming “The Final Tour”, which is scheduled to kick off in early July.
“We have music written, [but] it’s not put together yet,” Sixx replied. He added: “It’s hard, to be honest with you, to spend six [or] nine months to write eleven songs — all those lyrics… everything… the vocals, the guitars, the bass, the sonics, the mixing, the mastering, the artwork… You put it out and nothing [happens], because now people cherry-pick songs. So we go, ‘Why don’t we write songs and find vehicles to get one, two or four songs to ten million people rather than eleven songs to a hundred thousand people. That’s how we’re thinking. I don’t know if it’s right or wrong, but that’s how we’re thinking.”
MÖTLEY CRÜE in 2012 released a brand new song called “Sex” to coincide with the launch of the band’s North American co-headlining tour with KISS.
Written when the group was together during their residency in Las Vegas in February 2012, “Sex” was the first studio track from the CRÜE since their June 2008 release of “Saints Of Los Angeles”. The song was recorded at MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee‘s studio called The Atrium in Calabasas, California.
“We happened to have this song everyone was really excited about, so instead of saying, ‘Let’s add it to the pile of songs we have and we’ll sort ’em out later,’ we were, ‘Hey, let’s finish this one up,'” Sixx told Billboard.com in August 2012. “We got it out there for the fans, for the tour, and it’s exciting for the band to play something new. We love the classics and the hits, and I know the fans love that, too, but to be able to play something new is great.
“We [initially] wanted to save that big push for when we do [another full-length album],” he added, “but the way the song is connecting with people feels like the way the music used to connect with people when we were a baby band and just had our first record out. The song really seems to work.”
Speaking to VH1 Radio Network in 2012, Sixx stated about “Sex”: “It sounds very much like it’s off of the first record [1981’s ‘Too Fast For Love’]. And that was definitely on purpose. I’ve been writing very simple riffs for the last year and focusing on how these riffs would work for Vince [Neil, vocals], basically, and took it in the studio with Tommy and Mick [Mars, guitar] and the thing just came alive.”
In an interview with Noisecreep, Tommy said: “I think Nikki is partially right [about ‘Sex’. “It’s got a retro CRÜE kind of vibe to it — a simplistic riff. But I also think the song has a modern sound to it. There’s some cool analog synths in it and a beat that is really funky and modern. So I guess you can say that it has a retro yet modern sound.”
He added, “Overall, I think that ‘Sex’ sounds like 2012 and that makes me really happy. It turned out killer! Not that I’m not into some retro-sounding stuff, but it is 2012, kids — let’s keep it moving. At the end of the day, it’s a great summertime song that’s going to have everybody screaming along to it on this tour.”