Sixx: A.M., the band featuring Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx alongside guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael, is streaming its cover version of the Cars song "Drive." As Blabbermouth notes, the track is taken from Sixx: A.M.'s third album, "Modern Vintage," which will be released on October 7 via Eleven Seven Music.
Regarding the decision to cover "Drive," which was originally a Top 5 hit for the Cars in 1985, Michael said: "It took us three records to do a cover song, but I'm so glad that we waited. And I'm so glad we chose to do the one we did."
"We had started going down the street of [the Elvin Bishop hit] 'Fooled Around and Fell in Love,'" recalled Sixx. "One day I called [Michael] up and just sang the opening line to 'Drive', and [he] said, 'That's a Sixx: A.M. song!' I think it was an opportunity to cover a song that is so defined that you have to be very careful not to wreck it. That song is so loved by so many people, including us, that we really wanted to pay a real tribute to it, and I believe we have."
"It's such a simple song - the original version was so simple, but that's what was exciting about it," continued Michael. "In a way, it's a blank canvas, but you need to respect the simplicity … that's what was so fun about the version we did, especially when [DJ Ashba] started doing his guitar solo. Even that had to be carefully structured around what the original song was."
"Modern Vintage" track listing:
02. Gotta Get It Right
04. Get Ya Some
05. Let's Go
06. Drive (the Cars cover)
07. Give Me A Love
09. High On The Music10. Miracle11. Before It's Over