CLASSIC CUTS: Kickstart My Heart
Motley Crue: “Kickstart My Heart”
The Hook: Heart-stopping talk box guitar “stuff” from Mick Mars takes the place of a traditional solo at the end of Nikki Sixx‘s song about about the time his heart actually stopped.
Album: Dr. Feelgood
Writer: Nikki Sixx
Stats: The second single off Dr. Feelgood, following its Top 10 title track, “Kickstart…” peaked at number-27 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number-18 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. It was nominated for a Best Hard Rock Performance Grammy and its video for an MTV Video Music Award.
Background: Crue bassist Nikki Sixx wrote “Kickstart My Heart” about his now-legendary drug overdose, during which he was actually declared dead for two minutes only to be revived by a couple of shots of adrenaline in his heart. Guitarist Mick Mars remembers that there was quite a bit of adrenaline in his solo, too
Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars on recording “Kickstart My Heart.