My Sunday Song – “Live Wire” by Motley Crue

For My Sunday Song #181, we are going to tackle the song “Live Wire” by Motley Crue. In fact, the next 10 songs will all be Motley Crue songs.  I figured we will start with a bang and with very early Crue.  “Live Wire” is off the debut album “Too Fast for Love” which came out in 1982 and reached #24 on the BillBoard Hot Rock songs chart.  Not bad, but it was MTV that made them blow up, not the radio.

If you’ve seen the Motley Crue movie “The Dirt”, you will see that Nikki’s childhood wasn’t the greatest.  This song is about that life and the domestic violence he was surrounded with.  The way he was treated and his mom by his stepdads is played out in the song.  The verse below spells it out nicely…well not really…

I’ll either break her face
Or take down her legs
Get my ways at will
Go for the throat
Never let loose
Goin’ in for the kill
Take my fist
Break down walls
I’m on top tonight

I have seen people say it is about rape and glamorizing that behavior, but that is far from the truth.  The song was a way for Nikki to work through his demons and what he experienced as a child.

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Musically, damn!!  This song is full throttle, heavy metal music.  Mick’s guitar riff at the beginning is so fierce and outright killer and immediately sets the band apart from their counterparts.  Mick is such an underrated player.  Tommy’s fast pace drumming and Nikki’s bass are the driving rhythm section that keeps that blazing speed.  Vince sounds so young and he could hit some crazy notes back then.  He was the face that helped put them over the top.  This song is pure metal magic and for me one of the best they have ever done.  And when you are a kid, you love it as you know your parents won’t!!

Check out the video below and let me know what you think.  I hope you enjoy and have a Happy Sunday…despite the dark material.

“Live Wire”

Plug me in
I’m alive tonight
Out on the streets again
Turn me on
I’m too hot to stop
Something you’ll never forget
Take my fist
Break down walls
I’m on top tonight

[Pre Chorus]
No, no
You better turn me loose
You better set me free

Cause I’m hot, young, running free
A little bit better than I use to be

[Chorus]
Cause I’m alive
Live Wire
Cause I’m alive
I’m a Live Wire
Cause I’m alive
Live Wire
Cause I’m alive
I’m a Live Wire

I’ll either break her face
Or take down her legs
Get my ways at will
Go for the throat
Never let loose
Goin’ in for the kill
Take my fist
Break down walls
I’m on top tonight

[Pre Chorus]
[Chorus]

Come on baby
Gotta play with me
Well I’m your live wire
You better lock your doors
I’m on the prowl tonight
Well be mine tonight

[Chorus]

Come on be may baby
Come on tonight
Come on be may baby
Come on tonight
I’ll give you everything
You want inside
Plug me in, plug me in
I want you
Come on tonight

Written by Nikki Sixx

12 thoughts on “My Sunday Song – “Live Wire” by Motley Crue

  1. Great pick John. Love the sound of this album and the cowbell use on basically half the record is awesome. Like I always say some of the best bands from albums are before they strike it rich and are flat ass broke.
    This album proves that.

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  2. Take my fists and break down the walls in deed.
    “Smokin In The Boys Room” clip was first for me and I went in reverse with Motley. This track is pure youth aggression. And we played before we hit the streets along with “Seek And Destroy”.. lol those were the days

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