Today in Music History:
In 1997, a disturbed rock fan brought the funeral of Michael Hutchence to a standstill when he tried to launch himself from a 20 ft high balcony with a cord around his neck. He was removed by police and taken away to a psychiatric unit.
The excesses of the members of Motley Crue has been well documented over the years. Most recently in Nikki Sixx's autobiography, The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star. The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack is a concept album written by Nikki Sixx and recorded by his band Sixx: A.M.,which serves as the companion soundtrack to his autobiography. Each of the 13 songs on this album coincides with a chapter of the book. The album was released on August 21, 2007 to critical acclaim by most. The music isn't what Crue fans might expect yet it does have a definite hair band sound. This isn't bad, it works well here.
On first listen I found this album to be an extremely personal account of Sixx's heroin addiction. Almost uncomfortably so, as some of the subject matter is a bit heavy and unsettling . The first track really gave me the creeps, with Sixx's spoken word about Christmas with a needle hanging out of his vein and then the music blasts into a Christmas carol from hell that made my skin crawl. The first single Life is Beautiful has been getting heavy airplay on the metal radio station I listen to. Sixx has really laid bare his soul with this project and while not the greatest album ever, I have to say it's really good and will most likely end up in my top ten for the year. I've read a lot of reviews and most of them really praise this album, and a couple that sound like sour grapes.
In conclusion, while this album is about a self-destructive rock star hitting rock-bottom, in the end it is also about finding that needed moment of clarity, and eventually, realizing recovery. And inspired by his addiction and recovery Nikki founded his own charity, Running Wild In The Night, a fundraising initiative for Covenant House Of California, which aims to keep young children off the streets, and keep them off the path that Nikki went down when he was younger. In fact, a portion of the proceeds from this project will go to support this cause. The homercat gives the album 4 stars and would say it should be in your collection.