Yesterday in 1989 rock band Motley Crue started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with Dr. Feelgood according to thisdayinmusic.com. Songs off of this album included Kickstart My Heart, Without You, and the album titled song Dr. Feelgood.
The song Kickstart My Heart placed 27 on the US chart. According to songfacts.com one day Nikki Sixx literally died and when paramedics arrived they shot him with Adrenaline as a last ditch effort to save him, so the Adrenaline “kickstarted” his heart. It also mentions dealing with the band’s newfound sobriety during the songwriting process and on stage.
The song Without You placed No.8 on the US chart. Songfacts.com states Drummer Tommy Lee was dating Heather Locklear at the time, and their relationship inspired the lyrics. The site also mentions that Nikki Sixx wrote this song with guitarist Mick Mars.
The album titled song Dr. Feelgood placed No.6 on the US charts. Songfacts.com states Nikki Sixx wrote this about a drug dealer who gave him his “fix” every now and again in Los Angeles. The site also mentions Vocalist Vince Neil looked back at this song to Rolling Stone in 2009:
“I knew it was a classic from the time I heard that very first ‘bomp bomp bomp bomp’ – that intro just kind of grabs you. This song has been popular for 20 years. It was funny because I was watching VH1 and they had the Greatest Hard Rock Songs and ‘Feelgood’ was 15 or something. I was like, ‘Wow, of all time.’ Then you have Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith and AC/DC and ‘Feelgood.’ I was like, ‘Wow, that’s cool.’ It’s our signature song in some ways.”
Below is the video of Kickstart My Heart.