One of the biggest surprises in Motley Crue's The Dirt movie is hearing their early single "Live Wire" transformed from an aggressive riff-rocker into a hypnotic ballad by Meghan Kabir.
The songwriter, mutli-instrumentalist and performer has collaborated with superstars like Kelly Clarkson and Selena Gomez in the past. She's also worked with Motley Crue, adding vocals to their 2015 single "All Bad Things."
Her version of "Live Wire" came about through her work with Nikki Sixx's Sixx:A.M. bandmate James Michael, with whom she's worked on songs for Papa Roach and Hammerfall. "He said [director] Jeff [Tremaine] and Nikki were looking for some covers for the film and asked if I wanted to give it a shot," she recalls.
Kabir tells UCR that her "goal was simply to take a timeless song and re-imagine it in a completely new way while honoring the heart of the song. Covers can be tricky business, as you have to really be mindful in a way that won’t piss fans off. The flip side being, if you’re going to do a cover, don’t just do the cover … that’s already been done. It’s a balancing act. But to me, as an artist giving it your own flavor is what it’s all about."
Tremaine loved the results, explaining to UCR that he was thrilled by Kabir's cover because it "re-invents one of their songs and turns it into a moody, dark thing. I love it, because it's even contemporary and doesn't fit the time. ... It's just perfect for that scene."
You can hear Kabir's cover of "Live Wire" below.