For My Sunday Song #187, we are going a little nuts with the song “The Wild Side” by Motley Crue. The song is off the band’s 1987 album ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’ which went to #2 on the Billboard charts and saw three singles including this one. It sold well over 4 million albums in the U.S. alone and saw the band reach another level of success.
The song “Wild Side” is very similar to the song we did last week, “Saints of Los Angeles”. They both talk about their lives on the Sunset Strip and both reference the Lord’s Prayer. “SOLA” opened with Vince speaking it and “WildSide” was inspired by a school girl who Nikki asked to recite the Lord’s Prayer and then he incorporated some of the prayer in to the lyrics like below…
Who ain’t in heaven
Be thy name on the wild side”
The song is about the dirty side of the Strip with all the drugs, pimping, and many other abuses going on at that time in their lives. Heck, even Nikki wrote when he was severely hooked on Heroin.
Musically, it belts at as a rocker with a mean guitar riff by Mick Mars. The pace goes from fast to slow with tempos reaching 118 beats per minute at one time. There is actually no guitar solo in the song only many instances of Mick belting out some cool riffs and guitar parts. Tommy pounds away and you can tell it is him on those drums. Vince sounds great and still so young. And Nikki is always doing his thing. There is a blues sound to the song as well and ends with sirens, breaking glass, gunfire and lots of mayhem.