Wild Side (Mötley Crüe song)

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"Wild Side"
Single by Mötley Crüe
from the album Girls, Girls, Girls
Released 1987
Recorded 1987
Genre Heavy metal
Length 4:40
Label Elektra
Writer(s) Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Vince Neil
Producer(s) Tom Werman
Mötley Crüe singles chronology
"Girls, Girls, Girls"
(1987)
"Wild Side"
(1987)
"You're All I Need"
(1987)

"Wild Side" is a single by the American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe. It was released on their 1987 album Girls, Girls, Girls.

Composition[edit]

Nikki Sixx described "Wild Side" as more complex compared to some of the simpler songs on the album. It is one of the few Mötley Crüe songs that changes in time signature.

Sixx had written the song during the most dangerous part of his heroin addiction. He mentioned this in The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rockstar.

The song's tempo is 118 beats per minute and the main riff uses a chord progression of A minor 7th, D sus, and D minor, on a guitar using distortion.

The time signature of the song is a basic 4/4 time signature. In the intro it switches from 4/4 to 2/4. The chorus the time signature changes from 4/4 to 2/4 on the chorus. For the verse the time signature is 4/4 which uses power chords A5, D5, G5, and C5. In the chorus, for the lyric, "Take a ride on the", the time signature changes to 2/4. For the bridge and outro, the time signature changes to 12/8 which uses Power chords C5, A5, and D5.

The song does not have a true guitar solo. There are only some melodic lead guitar lines.

On the Guitar Tuning, they often used Tune-Down Whole-Step from standard E-A-D-G-B-E to D-G-C-F-A-D as their own set of discretion.

Charts[edit]

"Wild Side" charted at #2 on the Billboard 200.[1]

Live performance[edit]

The song has been a staple at live concerts and has not been left off the setlist since its release. It is usually accompanied by a tremendous amount of pyrotechnics, and is always a crowd pleaser. As the song does not have a guitar solo, a 'drum solo' is used when Tommy Lee plays in a suspended, rotating drum cage over the crowd. The video for this song was recorded on July 18, 1987 in Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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