Mötley Crüe's Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, and Mick Mars were incredibly sexist and misogynistic
Neil, Sixx, Lee, and Mars were once known as the band nobody wanted to really deal with because of their wild ways
The latest from streaming giant Netflix, 'The Dirt, tells a tale of lots of sex, lots of drugs, lots of wild parties, and most importantly, lots of notoriety. Mötley Crüe, wrote a book called 'The Dirt: Confessions Of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band,' which was published in 2001 and it still gives some people the shivers to this day when reading about the kind of life they led.
It wasn't the fact that no other band in the world was doing what the Crue was doing. It was the fact that Mötley Crüe took everything they did to a whole other level. When you watch the film in this day and age, a lot of what happened in the band's heyday becomes something of a conversation starter such as "OMG did you see what Nikki Sixx did in that one part of the film?"
The lives of the band members - lead singer Vince Neil, guitarist Mick Mars, bassist/songwriter Nikki Sixx, and drummer Tommy Lee - are hardly relatable to anyone in this day and age and they just come off as the sort of people women would not want to hang around with for too long for fear of being raped in a closet (this actually happened).
Mick Mars is the only member of the band that seems to garner some amount of sympathy, especially after a scene in it shows him finding out that he has arthritis. He still loves his alcohol and loves to party with his fellow band members but doesn't really focus too much on the craziness.
Being the oldest member of the band, he also seemed like the kind of guy who didn't give a sh*t about what his band members did as long as it didn't involve him too much. Tommy Lee, on the other hand, is a whole other ball game. In the film, his character starts off as a hopeless romantic looking for the love of his life but with the raging hormones of a rabid rabbit.
He had the money, fame, and loved his drugs, alcohol, and women more than anything else. Even though he came off as the most innocent out of the crazy band members, the autobiography reveals he and Nikki Sixx raped a drugged-out groupie in a closet early in their careers. Lee has physically attacked his ex-wife Pamela Anderson, and even hit his own son Brandon.
One of the real problem members in the band at that time, however, was bassist and songwriter Nikki Sixx. Coming from a troubled household, he never had an easy start. He sent his mom to jail claiming abuse, changed his name after he was rejected by his biological father, and decided to start the craziest rock band in the world.
Sixx started off, like the others, with the love of alcohol and cocaine but as the wild nights started getting to each of the band members, he started taking heroin. The addiction got so wild, when Sixx appeared in pictures as the best man at Tommy Lee and Heather Locklear's wedding, you could tell he was really out of it.
Shortly after the wedding, Sixx overdosed on the potent drug and was clinically dead for a long time. In the book, the famed rockstar spoke about how he had an out of body experience when he overdosed.
Then there's the man who was at the center of it all, lead singer Vince Neil. Just when the band reached the peak of their success, Neil was in a horrific car crash that ended up killing his friend, Razzle, the drummer of Hanoi Rocks. The pair left Neil's home in the middle of a party, to buy more alcohol and on the way back, they hit another vehicle. Neil was charged with vehicular manslaughter and spent about 15 days in prison.
The band went through a lot of great moments but had some depressing low moments as well. After watching the film, one thing runs through your mind: Is the life of a rockstar really worth it, if you have to practically sell your soul to the devil to stay alive?
Netflix's 'The Dirt' premieres March 22.