Live Wire (Mötley Crüe song)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
"Live Wire"
Live Wire (Mötley Crüe song) coverart.jpg
Single by Mötley Crüe
from the album Too Fast for Love
ReleasedAugust 16, 1982
GenreHeavy metal, speed metal
Songwriter(s)Nikki Sixx
Mötley Crüe singles chronology
"Live Wire"
"Shout at the Devil"

"Live Wire" is the debut single by the American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe. It was released on their 1981 debut album Too Fast for Love.


The video was directed by the members of Mötley Crüe. It showcases the band's stage theatrics, such as Nikki Sixx setting himself on fire (due to lack of money to perform on stage pyrotechnics) and Mick Mars drooling blood. The single was released on August 16, 1982. In May 2006, it was ranked #17 on VH1's list of the 40 greatest metal songs of all time.[1]

The song was remixed in 1991 alongside "Piece of Your Action" for the compilation album Decade of Decadence.

Cover versions[edit]

In 2000, fellow heavy metal band, Fozzy, covered this song for their debut self-titled album. Swedish hardcore punk band Refused included a cover in their The Demo Compilation. In 2010, Japanese rock band Vamps covered it as the B-side to their single "Devil Side". Country rock band Cadillac Three also do a cover version.


Appearances in the media[edit]

"Live Wire" appears in the soundtracks to the video games Brütal Legend, Tony Hawk's American Wasteland and Saints Row: The Third. The song also appears on the soundtrack to Charlie's Angels.

Notable covers include those by Fozzy, Vamps, Boysetsfire, Bugdust, Impious, and Shadows Fall.


  1. ^ "VH1 40 Greatest Metal Songs", 1–4 May 2006, VH1 Channel, reported by; last accessed 2006-09-10.