Blast! magazine had a series of interviews with all the Motley members as well as articles that were published from before the release of Dr. Feelgood (in September 1989) through into late 1989. There was a while there that Blast! was a Motley goldmine with each issue containing pages of interviews & lotsa nice color pin-ups & centerfolds.
We’re going to start with a Nikki Sixx interview from early 1989, apparently just before he headed to Canada to record with Bob Rock. I may be missing a couple articles but the essence of the conversation is there. These are pretty relaxed & candid interviews & especially in this first one (actually a Part II of a longer article) we hear Nikki speak of the early stages of the Dr. Feelgood record, the artwork that didn’t come to fruition & why the Crue stopped working with producer Tom Werman.
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Nikki seemed to have every intention to release his book of poetry, An Education In Rebellion, if the sheer amount of times he mentioned it in the press is any indication. Sylvie Simmons asks/states: ‘Nikki Turns Poet?' Besides discussing publication issues about the poetry book (that is to this day still unreleased), he mentions that he has kept a journal & tells a funny therapy anecdote.
Judy Wieder talked to Nikki as they drove in Nikki’s jeep in the summer of 1989. He discusses the guest vocalists on Dr. Feelgood, his new-found healthy lifestyle & another mention of his book of poetry.
These interviews are great because they contain real chatty conversation & Nikki talking about all kinds of stuff. In another article by Arlett Vereecke Nikki confesses his love for Guns N’ Roses (although you gotta know that them becoming THE classic rock band of their generation must piss him off) & a telling of the events of the infamous tour of Japan in 1987.
Mr. Sixx has the ear of Sylvie Simmons for our next few article/interviews. This first one has her talking to Nikki in a dressing room in Moscow in August of 1989. In ‘Drug-Free/Drunk-Free Nikki Sixx’ we have the venerable old jester retelling us of his overdose in 1987 & crowing about the newfound creativity & expression he’s experiencing with the Motley boys (particularly on the track ‘Monsterous’ which has since found its way onto a Crue CD that is now unavailable, Supersonic And Demonic Relics. Check out the tune HERE)
More contemplative, mature Nikki Sixx & then Vereecke continues their conversation & we hear mention of Matthew Trippe, the man who impersonated Nikki in the mid to late ‘80s & even sued the Crue, claiming he filled-in for Nikki, song-writing AND bass playing, for a couple years after Nikki had had a bad car accident in 1984. This nonsense got all the way to the pages of the British Rock magazine Kerrang! where doubt was cast on Nikki’s denial of the charge (go HERE to read a scan of the infamous article).
Tattoos & tour talk & an uncredited article from early ‘89 take us out for this chapter of the Sleaze Patrol Files. We are still thick in Dr. Feelgood territory with these Blast! posts & there are more to come, along with another Crue scrapbook & vintage posters.