Kickstart My Heart

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"Kickstart My Heart"
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Single by Mötley Crüe
from the album Dr. Feelgood
B-side "She Goes Down"
Released November 20, 1989
Recorded 1988–89
Genre Glam metal
Length 4:48
Label Elektra
Songwriter(s) Nikki Sixx
Producer(s) Bob Rock
Mötley Crüe singles chronology
"Dr. Feelgood"
"Kickstart My Heart"
"Without You"

"Dr. Feelgood"
"Kickstart My Heart"
"Without You"

"Kickstart My Heart" is a song by American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, originally released on their 1989 album, Dr. Feelgood.


In a 2015 interview, Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx related the origins of "Kickstart My Heart", which he wrote while the band was already working on Dr. Feelgood. Sixx was playing acoustic guitar in his house while scribbling words on a piece of paper. When the group’s former manager read the words, he encouraged Sixx to share it with the rest of the band. Sixx was reluctant, but eventually did show the band and the track came together quickly.[1]

Music video[edit]

The video clip was shot in the Whisky a Go Go on October 5, 1989 during Mötley Crüe's warm up show before embarking on the Dr. Feelgood Tour. Sam Kinison is featured at the start of the video in a short cameo as the band's driver.

2011 video[edit]

In 2011 Mötley Crüe made a new video for the song which included multiple clips from their US tour with Poison and New York Dolls. Soon after the band issued the following statement: "We documented the whole tour, top to bottom (the good, the bad and the ugly) and as we were looking through all the amazing footage, we thought how cool it would be to cut together a 'best of visual' for the fans who made this tour happen. This one is just for the fans, from us."

Super Bowl commercial[edit]

On February 5, 2012, "Kickstart My Heart" was featured in a commercial for Kia Motors during halftime at Super Bowl XLVI. This commercial also featured Brazilian model Adriana Lima, Pittsburgh Steeler Brett Keisel and ex-UFC fighter Chuck Liddell.[2]


Released as the album's second single in 1989, "Kickstart My Heart" reached #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States in early 1990.[3] The introduction is a classic example of a Floyd Rose bridge trick, in which Mick Mars drops three consecutive strings resulting in sound similar to a motorcycle shifting gears, borrowed from the similar-sounding intro to Montrose's "Bad Motor Scooter".[4] The catchy guitar riff that immediately follows bears a striking resemblance to 1970s glam rock band Sweet's intro to their 1973 song, "Hell Raiser" (which itself resembles Led Zeppelin's 1969 song "Whole Lotta Love"). The song's ending features a prominent example of talkbox effects.


Cover versions[edit]

In pop culture[edit]

  • The song was made available to download on June 7, 2011 for use in the Rock Band 3 music gaming platform in both Basic rhythm, and PRO mode which takes advantage of the use of a real guitar/bass guitar, along with standard MIDI-compatible electronic drum kits/keyboards in addition to up to three-part harmony vocals.[7]


  1. ^ Robinson, Will (2015-12-22). "Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx shares the stories behind the band's biggest songs". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2016-08-15.
  2. ^ Ouelette, Mary (February 2, 2012). "Kia Premieres Full Motley Crue Super Bowl Commercial". Loudwire. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
  3. ^ "Allmusic (Motley Crue charts & awards) Billboard singles".
  4. ^ Ray Van Horn, Jr. (2011-09-05). "The Metal Minute: The Metal Minute's 100 Metal Albums You Can't Live Without: Numbers 59 to 50". Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  5. ^ "Asking Alexandria "Under the Influence: A Tribute to the Legends of Hard Rock" EP Review — 4 out of 5 stars @ARTISTdirect". Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  6. ^ Get Rock Music (2012-11-28). "Asking Alexandria – Under The Influence: A Tribute To The Legends Of Hard Rock (EP) (2012)". Get Rock Music. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  7. ^ G, Dan (2011-06-03). "Rise Against, Bruno Mars And More Pro Upgrades Hitting Rock Band Next Week". Gaming Nexus. Retrieved 2012-11-08.

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