Wild Side (Mötley Crüe song)
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|Single by Mötley Crüe|
|from the album Girls, Girls, Girls|
|Songwriter(s)||Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Vince Neil|
|Mötley Crüe singles chronology|
Lyrics and style
"Wild Side" deals with life in the ghetto of Los Angeles, a familiar place for the members of Mötley Crüe. It came about when Nikki Sixx was chatting with a Hispanic school girl and asked her to recite the Lord's Prayer. It inspired him to write the song, twisting the words of the prayer into a testament of the "Wild Side". It describes the criminal activity associated with the neighborhood, such as pimping, organized crime, rape, assault, and armed robbery, and is told from the perspective of a gang member. "Wild Side" changes frequently in style, from a moderately fast intricate pace to a slower, more powerful blues-rock sound in the middle and at the end. The song ends with the repetition of "Wild Side" and various sounds of breaking glass, gunfire, screams, and police sirens.
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 time signature of the song is a basic 4/4 time signature. In the intro it switches from 4/4 to 2/4. In 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, the band tuned down their instruments a whole step; in D standard.
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.
In other media
- It appears in the films Like Father Like Son, Rock Star, and Friday Night Lights.
- It appears in episode "Performance Review" of the American TV series The Office.
- In the video game Grand Theft Auto: The Lost and Damned, the song was featured in both its second trailer and on the in-game radio station Liberty Rock.
- It appears in the documentary Dale about Dale Earnhardt.
- Mötley Crüe performed it on a 1998 episode of WWF Raw is War, along with the stable D-Generation X.