The Story Of Jonathan

This is a story (as Heroin Diaries by Sixx A.M) that’s 16 minutes and 36 seconds long. It’s a story of a kid, that grew up, and all through life just had one wish, to be loved by his closest.

I guess this story isn’t that strange, and uncommon. Still it is a thoughtful story by W.A.S.P. For all music fans; even if you know the history of Blackie Lawless, he and Nikki Sixx used to play in the same band, “London”. As one of my friends said; this may be the inspiration for Nikki Sixx to share his inner thoughts in Heroin Diaries?

Don’t miss out on this piece of music history. Thank you J for the tip!

Lyrics could be found here ->

The Best Album Of All Times – Number 4

The Best Album Of All Times – Number 4: Sixx A.M. – The Heroin Diaries (2007)

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This is not an album, this is not poetry, this is not a story. This is all of them combined together in an amazing soundtrack, written as the music to the book with the same name, The Heroin Diaries. An album that describes the life as a Heroin addict.

All the tracks on the album represents one month of Nikki Sixx life in the period from December 1986 to December 1987, which truly shows in the lyrics, and was written after Nikki Sixx had done in total six drug overdoses.

Sixx A.M; as Sixx from Nikki Sixx, DJ Ashba (currently Gun’s and Roses) and James Michael has put together an epic album with Heroine Diaries. An album that may grow in popularity over the years, and an album that I think is absolutely one of the best albums ever. If the album would’ve been released back in the days when records were solely sold as complete albums, this would’ve been one of the really big ones!

The Music could be described as Musical-inspired Hard Rock.

It’s one of those albums that’s hard to listen to, just track by track. Instead it’s a complete history with all parts of a hard, struggling life well described; happiness, sadness, hope, failing, anxiety…

If the schools should use music as drug awareness, this album would be the best pick.

In my opinion Nikki Sixx is amazing at writing lyrics, and before we’re digging in to the lyrics of Heroin Diaries, I must share these rows from the track “Oh My God”, on the following album “This is Gonna Hurt”

And we sit in our highrise apartments and complain about things that don’t matter,

And we race through this life just to see who can die with as much as we can gather,

And a few blocks away a teenage mother plays Russian Roulette with her daughter,

Is this the best that we can do, is this the best that we can do.

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To fully understand the lyrics, it might be good to know some “drug slang”

blue – Crack Cocaine; depressants; OxyContin

ex – ecstasy

golden eye / Persian – Heroin

My own thoughts about the album, combined with small parts of the lyrics

As I previously wrote, all the tracks on the album represents one month of Nikki Sixx life in the period from December 1986 to December 1987, which also is described on the first track, X-Mas In Hell:

December 25th, 1986 – Van Nuys.

Merry Christmas,

That’s what people say at Christmas, right?

Except normally they have someone to say it to.

They have friends and family,

And they haven’t been crouched naked under a Christmas tree

with a needle in their arm like an insane person in a mansion in Van Nuys.

They’re not out of their minds, they’re not writing in a diary,

And they’re definitely not watching their holiday spirit coagulate in a spoon.

I didn’t speak to a single person today.

I figured why should I ruin their fucking Christmas.

I’ve started a new diary and this time I have a few new reasons.

One, I have no friends left.

Two, so I can read back and remember what I did the day before.

And three, so if I die, at least I leave a nice little suicide note of my life.

If you’re wondering about Van Nuys when you listen to this track, it’s a popular place in California where many celebrities have lived/lives. Link

Van Nuys is also the title of the next track. In this track there seems to be a fragment of fighting spirit starting to grow. Even though it’s still very melancholic.

I don’t want to die out here in the valley

You don’t have to lie, I know that’s what I’ll do

I don’t want my mom to know

That I never loved my life and I sold my soul

Third track, Life Is Beautiful the anxiety over dying and the reflection of life’s beauty is starting to grow, and I guess due to an eye-opener while visiting someone else’s funeral (I will check this while reading the book which I think is a must to fully understand it all and to be able to question comments on the internet).  The music on this track is a little more on the hard side Listen especially to the guitars and arrangements.

Alive

just open your eyes, just open your eyes

And you see that life is beautiful

Will you swear on your life

That no one will cry at my funeral?

Pray for me; the searching for help have started. The anxiety is evident.

Cross your heart and hope

That I won’t die before the best day of my life

Just pray for me tonight

Tomorrow. A sign that the hope has started to grow. The thoughts are more around future plans, a commitment to choose life, and accept what’s been said and done. First track where Nikki Sixx is starting to use words about the future.

Tomorrow we’re gonna have to live with the thing you say

Tomorrow we’ll have to cross bridges that you burn today

Tomorrow everything you do is coming back for you

You’ll never outrun what waits for you tomorrow

The track “Accidents can happen” is a beautiful track about when you slip, and about accepting that we all do make mistakes, and it’s fine that we make them. One of the tracks on this album that works really well by it’s own.

And you know that accidents can happen

And it’s okay, we all fall off the wagon sometimes

It’s not your whole life, it’s only one day

You haven’t thrown everything away

Intermission; the pause

When I first placed my hands

On these diaries, scraps of paper

There were notes and scribbles

And all kinds of shit

A lot of feelings came bubbling up

But mostly this one

‘How the hell am I still alive?’

Dead Man’s ballet is true death anxiety and the question why God have deserted him

Oh God, how could you have let this

Happened to such a lovely young child?

I was their only son and I tried, tried, tried

Heart failure; a track about what it’s like to take drugs, and be a drug addict. For those of you that have followed this series of posts, Mötley Crüe was at place 14. In that post I wrote “Nikki Six was in an academic way dead for two minutes before found by Slash in his hotel room 1987, and the injected with adrenalin in the heart and survived. This was actually the background for the track “Kickstart my heart” on the Dr Feelgood album.”

If I could have a guess, and it isn’t far-fetched, I guess that this song is from that time.

Like I was saying

To look into the eyes of death was intoxicating

Taking it into our lungs, laughing at ourselves

Where a loser’ll probably cry

And more importantly, had probably just died

Since all the tracks reflects one month of his live 1986/1987, the lyrics Heart Failure, Girl With Golden Eyes, Courtesy Call and Permission are closely linked together.

While Heart failure is describing the consequences, Girl with golden eyes is about being in love with Heroin, and how he struggles to get rid of “her”. True signs of hope are starting to show, and the music composition is absolutely beautiful! For those that don’t know what this album is all about this track may pass by as any other love song. Courtesy call is about preparing for the next step, being without drugs…

This is just a courtesy call

This is just a matter of policy

This is just an act of kindness

To let you know that your time is up, up

Permission: He has reached the goal. He’s free, and has to start taking care of what have been, and live a new life, fight against being caught again and just focus.

The album ends with the track “Life After Death”.

So here we are at the end,

And at the same time we’re at the beginning

Of this misadventure.

Why I had to go down a dead end street

At two hundred miles an hour

Screaming for vengeance and embracing death,

That’s still something I’m trying to figure out.

You know a part of me thinks this is some big master plan

To expose the raw nerve endings of dysfunction so I can heal.

But you know addicts, we think everything’s about us, don’t we?

Man it got so convoluted, polluted, and distorted

I ran with the only information I was given

I turned it into my armour, my defence mechanism,

And my weapon of self destruction.

Yeah, I had a fucked up childhood. And I was a troubled teen.

Those are facts.

How I got there? That’s a story told by many voices.

It’s not my job to blame anybody anymore,

I just need to accept the path I was given.

This is, without a doubt,

My life after death.

When I first started making this list. This was one of the albums I really looked forward to penetrate. To have time to really dig into it, and understand it.

I hope you like it as much as I do, and after all. This is not an album, this is not poetry, this is not a story. This is all of them combined together in an amazing soundtrack

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Attachments:

interviews with Lead Vocalist James Michael

Interview with Nikki Sixx about his book Heroin Diaries

Full Album (YouTube playlist):

Spotify playlist

Best album of all times – Number 14

© Pedro Hansson - Helter Skelter - Anchor Bar Stockholm
© Pedro Hansson – Helter Skelter – Anchor Bar Stockholm

Best album of all times – Number 14: Mötley Crüe – Shout at the Devil

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Nikki Sixx (Frank Ferrana), Vince Neil (Vince Neil Warton), Mick Mars (Robert Allen Bippus) and Tomme Lee (Tomme Lee Bass) may be the band that have lived the rock’n roll life to its absolute maximum. Success, fame, glam, women and party on one hand. Drugs, jail, trash, crash, burn and even dead band members. Nikki Six was in an academic way dead for two minutes before found by Slash in his hotel room 1987, and the injected with adrenalin in the heart and survived. This was actually the background for the track “Kickstart my heart” on the Dr Feelgood album.

Back to the album. This is after all a “Best album of all times”-list. Shout at Devil was released in 1983 and was Mötley Crües biggest hit at the time. The sound, with its roots in Blues, and old school rock n’ roll, played on speed became part of the beginning of a new era in the hard rock / heavy metal scene;  Glam rock.

Many parents in Sweden were really afraid of Mötley Crüe and other bands at the time (especially W.A.S.P), and even Swedish Television arranged a talk show around this matter (Swedish), and even though Nikki Sixx tried his best to explain the lyrics in a more down to earth way, the parents hated the album, which always is a good reason for the teenagers to do the opposite. “What a crock of shit! There was nothing demonic about Shout at the Devil. All we were saying was that everyone should stand up and shout at those people who are holding them down, whether it’s their parents, their teachers, or their bosses.” Nikki Sixx (source: nikkisixx.tv).

The highlights on the record, except for the title track is, in my mind “Looks that kill”, “Helter Skelter” (Beatles Cover) and “Too young to fall in love”.

I really like the full sound of Mötley Crüe at this stage in their career, with the crisp guitar, the always amazing drums, Nikki Sixx (as the most frequent writer of the tracks) bass lines and of course the falsetto voice of Vince Neil.

Some other facts:

  • Nikki Six played with Slash and Izzy Stradlin (later part of Gun’s n Roses) before forming Mötley Crüe
  • Vince Neil appeared in the MTV-show “The remake of Vince Neil” which was aimed at getting Vince Neil back in form after years of food abuse
  • While Vince Neil was out of Mötley Crüe, John Corabi took his place. Here’s a track with Johan, and a cover of Gun’s n roses Patience 

If you wan’t to discover more from Mötley Crüe, try out these tracks:

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