Clark Collis
June 22, 2010 AT 01:32 PM EDT

Image Credit: Mick Hutson/Redferns/Getty Images“These are songs that have great memories for me,” says Vince Neil of the tracks he covers on his new CD out today, Tattoos & Tequila. “This is a window into my life.”

The Mötley Crüe frontman’s life is increasingly that of an entrepeneur—one whose business interests actually include a brace of tattoo parlors in Vegas, where he lives. Neil’s latest corporate venture? A  luxury air charter service called Vince Neil Aviation. The rocker seems genuinely disappointed when your reporter suggests some people might balk at the idea of flying on a rock star-owned plane. “My planes are pretty bad a–,” says the singer. “They have hot rod flames on them and a leopard-skin interior. But they’re regulated by the FAA. This isn’t like, ‘Hey bro, let’s go party!'”

After the jump, Neil pilots us back to the past to ruminate upon some of his Tattoos & Tequila cover choices.

“He’s A Whore”

As a teenager, Vince Neil frequently performed this Cheap Trick track with his “party band” Rock Candy

“We would find some guy who didn’t have a lot of friends, but his family would be away, and say, ‘Hey man, we’ll have a party at your house!’ We would charge a dollar, get somebody to buy beers for us, and have three, four hundred people in somebody’s backyard. When we’d run out of songs we’d call the police on ourselves and take home three or four hundred bucks.”

“No Feelings”

Originally recorded by the Sex Pistols and frequently listened to by a pre-fame Neil when he was working as an electrician

“I was actually a great electrician. We used to build the drive-thrus at McDonalds. I was a foreman. I was the boss! The Bollocks album is a classic. It’s one of my all-time favorite albums.”

“Another Piece of Meat”

Metal anthem from German rockers the Scorpions

“The Scorpions opened for Mötley on a whole tour. We’ve been friends for a long time. Last Saturday, in Baltimore, they actually asked me to come onstage and sing the song. So I’m singing ‘Another Piece of Meat,’ with the Scorpions, which is one of my all-time favorite bands. It was one of the great moments of my life.”

“Who’ll Stop the Rain”

Oft-covered Creedence Clearwater Revival hit

“My dad turned me on to Creedence. It was one of those songs that just sticks with you. It’s been redone a lot of times. People were going, ‘Are you sure you want to redo the song? Because Rod Stewart’s redone it, and all these people…’ I go, ‘Yeah. But so? I want to do it!’”

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