The initial idea to record a cover of the song spontaneously popped into bassist Nikki Sixx‘s head, although he admitted he wasn’t so sure about the move at first. Producer Bob Rock had a hard time buying in, but he was swayed after Sixx and Tommy Lee presented him with a demo cut.
Talking about the song further, Sixx told Billboard that Crue even worked on a nod to Metallica, who made the decision to use Rock as their producer on The Black Album following the smash success of Motley Crue’s Dr. Feelgood album. This spurred a long-standing working relationship between Rock and the thrash legends.
“Like a Virgin” is the second of four fresh songs Motley Crue recorded for the film and the only cover selection. The first new song to be released was “The Dirt (Est. 1981),” which you can listen to here. The track features a guest appearance from rapper Machine Gun Kelly, who played Tommy Lee in the flick.