From the early '80s to the early '90s, Motley Crue defined the hard rock and "glam metal" that burst forth from the Los Angeles club scene. A little dark and definitely crazy, Motley Crue changed the game. Here are the true stories behind some of Motley Crue's most popular songs.
Upon first glance at the title or one listen to "Kickstart My Heart," one could assume that this hard-charging hit off Motley Crue's 1989 blockbuster Dr. Feelgood album is a song about the transformative properties of love. But this is a Motley Crue song, and those guys don't pour their hearts out about romance all that often. They prefer instead to make songs about booze, drugs, parties, and girls, girls, girls. "Kickstart My Heart" is actually a literally titled account of bassist and songwriter Nikki Sixx's brush with death.
According to Ultimate Classic Rock, on December 23rd, 1987, Sixx partied with Steven Adler and Slash from Guns N' Roses and Robbin Crosby of Ratt, and gave himself one syringeful too many of his party drug of choice: heroin. He turned blue, received mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, and was eventually brought back from the dead by paramedics. They gave him a shot of adrenaline that quite literally kickstarted his heart.
An album title ultimately stems from where the artist was mentally, musically, or geographically at the time they created those songs. Motley Crue titled its 1987 album Girls, Girls, Girls, which Rolling Stone accurately called "a paean to excess," because those words — and the dancer-chasing events described in its title track — accurately described the band's existence at the moment.
To that end, Sixx gives shout-outs to seven real-life strip clubs from around the U.S. in "Girls, Girls, Girls." Keep watching the video to learn more true stories behind popular Motley Crue songs!
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Kickstart My Heart | 0:15
Girls, Girls, Girls | 1:17
You're All I Need | 2:08
Dr. Feelgood | 3:05
Without You | 4:16
Home Sweet Home | 5:07
Knock 'Em Dead, Kid | 6:08
Same Old Situation | 7:11
Saints of Los Angeles | 8:03
Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away) | 9:06