A snippet of a brand new MÖTLEY CRÜE song called "The Dirt (Est. 1981)" can be heard below. The track, which features a guest appearance by rapper Machine Gun Kelly, is one of four songs the group recorded for the soundtrack to the film adaptation of its biography, "The Dirt - Confessions Of The World's Most Notorious Rock Band".
The full "The Dirt (Est. 1981)" track will make its online debut tomorrow (Friday, February 22) courtesy of Motley Records/Eleven Seven.
During an appearance on the February 21 edition of SEX PISTOLS guitarist Steve Jones's radio show, "Jonesy's Jukebox", on the 95.5 KLOS radio station, MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx said about how "The Dirt (Est. 1981)" came about: "We were in New Orleans. That's where we filmed most of the movie. And we were flying back, and I was flying with Tommy [Lee drums]. We're not a band anymore officially — we don't tour. And I said, 'Let's write some music.' And I didn't think we would ever do anything again together besides this movie — we kind of called it a day. And I had about seven, eight songs I had been working on — not for MÖTLEY CRÜE. I was working with John 5 [ROB ZOMBIE guitarist]. We were just writing music. So I had these ideas. And Tommy said he had a bunch of ideas. And Mick Mars [guitar] had some ideas. And we just started kind of putting them together. And we ended up with nine songs all called 'The Dirt'. And by the time we figured out which ones we loved, we were down to three songs, and this song ended up being the one we chose for the first single. There's also three other songs that are gonna be coming out as well."
Due on March 22, the movie, which was helmed by "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" director Jeff Tremaine, was picked up by Netflix after being previously developed at Focus Features and before that at Paramount.
Machine Gun Kelly — whose real name is Colson Baker — plays Lee in the movie. "The Dirt" also stars Daniel Webber ("The Punisher") as singer Vince Neil, Douglas Booth as Sixx and Iwan Rheon ("Game Of Thrones") as Mars.
The feature is quite dark, with an emphasis on Sixx's heroin addiction and the death of Neil's daughter Skylar from cancer. Addressing the film's long gestation period, Sixx noted: "Anybody can make a shitty rock movie. We don't want to do that. A lot of people don't understand rock music and the rock 'n' roll lifestyle. It's not just sex, drugs and car crashes. Those things happen ... and, in our case, more than usual. But what's at the core of it all is the creativity and the personal relationships between each bandmember. We don't just want to slap together the thrill moments. Any of the great movies, whether it's 'Walk The Line' or 'Ray', they got the music right and the personalities right."
Machine Gun Kelly told Billboard that he got his part in the movie after "a six-audition process. The first two, I was auditioning for Nikki Sixx, and then the last four for Tommy Lee, over the course of two and a half years," he said.
The Dirt: Soundtrack" track listing:
01. The Dirt (Est. 1981) * [feat. Machine Gun Kelly]
02. Red Hot
03. On With The Show
04. Live Wire
06. Take Me To The Top
07. Piece Of Your Action
08. Shout At The Devil
09. Looks That Kill
10. Too Young To Fall In Love
11. Home Sweet Home
12. Girls, Girls, Girls
13. Same Ol' Situation (SOS)
14. Kickstart My Heart
15. Dr. Feelgood
16. Ride With The Devil *
17. Crash And Burn *
18. Like A Virgin *
* new songs