Nikki Sixx Recalls The Time He Was Dead For 2 Minutes And The Story Of Mötley Crüe Classic Kickstart My Heart
Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx revealed the top eight songs that had the biggest impact on his life during a recent interview with Louder Sound and his list includes one of his band’s tracks, ‘Kickstart My Heart‘ from their best selling album, ‘Dr. Feelgood.’
‘Kickstart My Heart’ was released as the second single from Mötley Crüe’s fifth studio album, ‘Dr. Feelgood’ which is highly regarded by music critics and fans as the band’s best studio album, on November 20, 1989, and gained success as it reached number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States in early 1990 as well as reaching number 18 on the Mainstream Rock chart of Billboard.
The song was written by Sixx himself with the title that pays homage to his infamous overdose incident on December 23, 1987, which caused Mötley Crüe bassist to die clinically for two minutes before a paramedic revived him with two syringes full of adrenaline. Prior to this unbelievable incident, Sixx himself estimates he overdosed about half a dozen times, however, this was the incident that woke him up and encourage him to live a sober life.
During a recent interview, Mötley Crüe icon opened up about a list of tracks that changed his life which included tracks such as ‘Ogre Battle’ by Queen, ‘Your Song’ by Elton John, ‘Snowblind’ by Black Sabbath, ‘Craked Actor’ by David Bowie, along with other songs from numerous other legendary musicians and bands including T.Rex, Wings, and Black Oak Arkansas.
While prising those artists and revealing the meanings behind those tracks to him, Nikki Sixx also named a song by his own band Mötley Crüe, ‘Kickstart My Heart’ since the songwriting and composing process of the song was a magical moment for the band as it was a collaborative and genuine moment for all the band members.
In addition to this, Mötley Crü bassist stated that if his fans remember him as a songwriter, the song, ‘Kickstart My Heart’ should be the track that they should remember him with since it captured many significant moments from his life such as being brought back from death along with writing a song about that traumatic experience with his bandmates.
During the interview with Louder Sound, Sixx stated:
“That song, written about a 1987 heroin overdose that saw Sixx ‘die’ for two minutes, was an accident. I’d written this kinda punk rock riff on acoustic guitar and I wrote this smart-ass lyric about getting high on speed, knowing that it would never get played on the radio, just to see what we could get away with. It became a really magical moment for Mötley Crüe.
I’m not saying, Yeah man, I’m bad-ass, I wrote Kickstart My Heart because I kinda think these songs are just delivered to you if you’re open to ideas, and, if you’re lucky, you will capture the moment. But if I’m remembered as a songwriter, I think this will be a song that stands up, and it’s one I can look back on and think, Yeah, that was cool.”
You can listen to ‘Kickstart My Heart’ by Mötley Crüe below.