MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx has acknowledged that the band were “most probably” a sexist group throughout the 1980s, but claims “everybody” else was too.
“It was a different time,” Nikki tells Classic Rock in a new interview.
While promoting his latest memoir, ‘The First 21: How I Became Nikki Sixx’, the 62-year-old musician spoke about MÖTLEY CRÜE’s time in their early years amidst a sea of copycat bands descending upon L.A.’s Sunset Strip and admits that accusations that the band were sexist is “most probably” accurate.
“In today’s environment, most probably,” he admits. “As was everybody. In the seventies, when I grew up, it was just the messaging that came through, and you were emulating your heroes.”
Nikki also recalled the first time he heard Steven Tyler use of the term “slitty licker” on AEROSMITH’s debut album [on the track Pandora’s Box], saying: “I was like, ‘Wow, that’s fucking rad!’ It was dangerous, y’know? When someone is talking about guns and sex and drugs, you’re like, ‘This is fucking dangerous, man. This is not mom and dad’s music.’ So it was a different time. You can’t rewrite history, man.”
Sixx also admits that his (former) image as a hard partying rock ’n’ roll star persists to this day in the minds of some fans, despite the fact that he got sober over 20 years ago.
“I’m really looking at somewhere between twenty-five go thirty years of not sticking needles in, and drinking alcohol and taking pills and stuff. I actually lead a pretty clean lifestyle. But people don’t think that when I walk into the restaurant. People are always like, ‘Hey man! What’s happening? High five! Let me buy you a shot of Jack Daniel’s!’ I’m like ,’It’s been three decades!’