May 24, 2011 A short video clip of MÖTLEY CRÜE/SIXX: A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx talking to the Artisan News Service about the inspiration for SIXX: A.M.'s new single, "Lies Of The Beautiful People", can be viewed below. The song comes off the 11-track companion piece to MÖTLEY CRÜE/SIXX: A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx's "This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography And Life Through The Distorted Lens Of Nikki Sixx" book, a follow-up to his New York Times bestseller, "The Heroin Diaries".
"Lies Of The Beautiful People" tackles contradictions in society. Contradictions that inspired Nikki and even had Nikki questioning, "If I find beauty in all these places that most deem 'freakish' and 'macabre,' then why do I also, at times, seek out beauty in what society calls beautiful? Am I contradicting myself or am I able to actually look beneath the surface when others sometimes can't? This is a good question. Make no mistake when I refer to 'the lies of beautiful people,' I mean what I say but I am also saying look beneath the skin."
He continued, "I've always had an eye for the oddities in life. Even as a kid I saw the world in my own way and thought most things that were different were beautiful and magical. Even things that other people thought were horrifying and disgusting and weird. . . . People say I have a distorted lens. I think I see things as they really are. I felt the need to bring my visions to life. This project is raw, it's what I see and feel through writing, through photos, through video and through music."
"This Is Gonna Hurt", the sophomore album from SIXX: A.M. — the band consisting of Sixx, DJ Ashba (also of GUNS N' ROSES) and James Michael — sold 30,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 10 on The Billboard 200 chart.
The "This Is Gonna Hurt" album as a whole deals with many raw, human issues. Nikki talks about the CD as "pulling back the veil on your internal truth," saying, "We are who we are… Either poisonous and evil or honest and willing… Willing to make a difference… I haven't led the life of a saint nor do I intend on it now." The album — produced entirely by James Michael with writing credits going to Sixx, Michael, Ashba and band friends John William Lowrey and Blair Daly — dives deep into meandering emotions through epic melodies. The resulting work is a deep, dark and intoxicatingly addictive mix of sounds and passion.