MOTLEY CRUE – “Sex” (iTunes, 2012)
Nikki Sixx – “Sounds like it could have been on our first album.”
LeBrain – “Bullshit!”
Don’t be fooled by the hype. “Sex” is a good song, but it sounds nothing at all like anything on Too Fast For Love. It sounds like it could have been on Saints of Los Angeles. Which is fine, if you like that album. I do like that album, I think it is a good Motley album. Not a great Motley album like Too Fast, but certainly better than, say, New Tattoo.
I think what Nikki did with “Sex” was to try, on purpose, to write a single. A single in a particular style, that being, hard rock Motley Crue. And I think that is what I don’t like about it, it sounds contrived.
So, that’s what “Sex” is: An overproduced single with lots of backing vocals, loud drums, and some guitar effects. The chorus is fine, copping the “woah, yeah” from “Kickstart My Heart”, only not as good. I’ve heard the song a few times now, for $1.29, it was painless to buy. It just fails to excite me. Not the way “Feelgood” did in the summer of ’89, and “Primal Scream” did in ’91. Those summers, I could not get those tunes off my deck! I don’t think I will be going back to listen to “Sex” too often, unless there’s something going on here that I’m just plain missing right now.
Having said that, Mick’s solo is cool and I think he’s an underrated player.
(NOTE: I hate downloads! I like physical product! I want liner notes! Who produced it, who wrote it?)