Nikki Sixx Calls John Corabi-Fronted ‘Motley Crue’ Album ‘Unfocused,’ Corabi Responds
Motley Crue are widely recognized as Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee, but in 1994, after a split with Neil, the band released their lone album with John Corabi as vocalist. During a recent chat with Sweden Rock Magazine, Nikki Sixx reflected on the self-titled album, which failed to live up to past releases commercially even though it debuted in the Top 10.
Sixx reportedly told the magazine that he and Corabi didn't necessarily connect creatively. He explained (as transcribed by Blabbermouth), "I've gotta tell you, 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."
He continued, "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."
Sixx credited producer Bob Rock for capturing their sound and feels there are some good songs, but concludes, "In general, it felt like a great-sounding record, but a little bit unfocused. That's just me. Like, the choruses weren't big enough. But it was just hard."
After Sixx's comments made the rounds on the Internet, Corabi offered his response via a Facebook posting. Taking the high road, he stated, "Thank you to Motley Crue for the five years we had together. I'm extremely proud of the record we recorded TOGETHER!!!! And your phone call to me asking to join your band, has honestly helped my career immensely. I have done everything since, MY WAY, under MY TERMS, and I'm happy knowing I haven't followed any trends, caved to any record label, and just basically been myself. I am who I am, I write the way I write, and I'm beyond happy being the person I am...I have nothing but mad respect for Motley, including Mr. Sixx...And wish them ALL the best with their future endeavors." He concluded, "I REALLY don't give a s--t about any of this nonsense!!!! (This is it kids... Enjoy your day!!!)."
Motley Crue concluded their touring career, playing their final show on New Year's Eve this past December.
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