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Mötley Crüe covered Madonna’s ”Like A Virgin”

by Ante Topic

Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx told Billboard that the idea to record “Like A Virgin” 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.

Sixx said:

When my mind’s open like that, these ideas pop in. 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.

Although Sixx initially felt it was “actually a really horrible idea” to cover the song, he told producer Bob Rock about it, and Rock replied: “Yeah, I don’t know. Good luck!” But Sixx impressed him and drummer Tommy Lee with a rough demo he had cut, and the band completely reworked the track but left the lyrics intact.

Sixx added:

(“It was weird to hear Vince (Neil) singing, “I’m like a virgin”, he admitted.) There’s a part of the song that “does this little gahnk-guh-guh-guh-guh-guh-gahnk that Mick (Mars, guitar) 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”. It’s kind of a nod back to those guys because we were workin’ with Bob again.

Asked if Madonna knows about Mötley recording the cover, Sixx said:

I don’t know. She will soon, I imagine. Maybe we can get her in the video.

On the 22nd of March, the 18-song soundtrack mastered by Grammy winner Dave Donnelly features a collection of Mötley Crüe classics plus four new songs “The Dirt (Est. 1981) (feat. Machine Gun Kelly)”, “Ride With The Devil”, “Crash And Burn” and the aforementioned “Like A Virgin”.

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