Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx revealed his five favorite records of all time during a recent interview with SPIN. The musician included an Aerosmith album to his list and stated that their 1973 release established the future of their music career.

Some of you might know that Aerosmith released its eponymous debut studio album on January 5, 1973. Although the record was not an immediate success, it peaked at No. 21 on the US Billboard 200 album chart three years later.

Much like the album itself, the band’s iconic track ‘Dream On‘ didn’t receive much recognition when released as a single in 1973. However, it became the band’s first major hit and classic rock radio staple when re-released in December 1975.

During a recent interview where he discussed his five favorite albums of all time, Nikki Sixx also mentioned an Aerosmith album. Since he had previously mentioned how they are one of his favorite bands of all time, putting them on the list didn’t come as a surprise; the bassist’s choice of the album was.

Although Aerosmith’s debut record is undeniably successful, not many people think it’s their best. Unlike the great majority, Sixx revealed that he felt something special in their sound when he first heard ‘Aerosmith’ thanks to their classic garage band sound.

According to the Mötley Crüe icon, the band set the route in their entire career with their debut record since their sound hasn’t changed since then. If you ask Sixx, that record is one of the most important records of all time and holds a special place in the musician’s life.

During the interview, Sixx said:

“Album four for me is Aerosmith’s first record. And Aerosmith’s ‘Rocks,’ ‘Toys in the Attic,’ and even ‘Get Your Wings,’ those, even ‘Draw the Line.’ They were all like huge albums for me. But when I got the first Aerosmith album, I heard this raw, dirty, garage band.

It was like the amps were spitting and sputtering, and the drums were in the pocket, and Steven Tyler’s approach on ‘One Way Street’ to ‘Make It,’ to me, that was like the moment that set up the rest of their career.

And for me, I always go back to that record as one of the most important records, and obviously ‘Dream On‘ is on that record, which is a standout on its own for a first album.”

While many people would consider Aerosmith’s best album as their 1975 record ‘Toys in the Attic,‘ it’s understandable that Nikki Sixx was moved by their raw sound when he first heard their 1973 release as a young musician.