MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx spoke to Billboard about the band’s decision to cover Madonna‘s “Like A Virgin” for “The Dirt Soundtrack”.
“When my mind’s open like that, these ideas pop in,” he said. “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. (“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,” Sixx said. “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.”