Not every Christmas is merry and bright. Just ask Mötley Crüe‘s Nikki Sixx, who is here to make your holiday even more of a bummer than Uncle Doug, who always manages to make things weird with his confusing comments about your boyfriend. In Sixx’s case, that’s courtesy of a dark new lyric video for his band Sixx:A.M.‘s bummer Christmas jingle “X-Mas in Hell.” The tune that originally appeared on the soundtrack to the bassist’s memoir, The Heroin Diaries, makes use of a diary entry from the 2007 book of the same name to tell a dark holiday tale.
Over a creepy kid’s chorus, the clip opens with snow falling on an ominous black background with splotches of red on the screen as Sixx tells the not-so-jolly story of what happened to him on Dec. 25, 1986, in his Van Nuys, California mansion. “Merry Christmas. Well, that’s what people say at Christmas. Right?” Sixx says in a grim voiceover over picked acoustic guitar. “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.”
You can see where this is headed. As the music picks up and the demonic Christmas metal pounds, guitars wailing and the children’s chorus practically yelling, the song dives back into narration and ends with a plea for anyone struggling with issues of dependence to contact Global Recovery Initiatives. Sixx will have plenty to celebrate in the new year when the Crüe launch their reunion Stadium Tour featuring Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. The outing adding seven new dates last week and is now set to kick off at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, on June 21.
Watch the “X-Mas in Hell” lyric video below.