Nikki Sixx has said that Mötley Crüe’s Self-Titled album with John Corabi on vocals was “painful” for him, and the writing process was “very unfocused.” The 1994 album is one of the most popular with Crüe fans, even though it could be said it was somewhat of a commercial failure. Sixx also went to say that it was difficult to work with Corabi as he “can’t write lyrics.”
In an interview with Sweden Rock Magazine, Sixx let loose with his thoughts on the Self-Titled album: “I think it was a very unfocused record. It was painful for me, because John Corabi can’t write lyrics, and I had to do all that work. It was the first time I ever had to work with somebody that wanted to participate in the lyrics. And my standard is so high that it was just… It was so hard, it took months… Usually, I write a set of lyrics in an hour. And it’s all about having pent-up information and aggression and just [letting it out]. And it was just hard, because he was… a nice enough guy, but he just didn’t have that fire, and it was hard for me.”
“I think Mick and Tommy love that record, ’cause it’s [got] great drums, great guitars. And, yeah, I think there was a freedom in having a different singer, you know. But it was just hard for me to have to go slow. I’m just not a good ‘slow’ guy in the studio. I’ve been in sessions with other artists where [someone is working slowly] and I’ve just gotta bail; I’ve just gotta go. It’s, like, you can create on the spot or you can’t create. That’s it with me. I just don’t have patience for that.”
I take it that Sixx and Corabi won’t be releasing a duet anytime soon.
Nikki’s current band Sixx:A.M have a new album coming out titled Prayers For The Damned, which is out on 29 April 2016 via Eleven Seven Music/Sony Music Australia.