Tuesday, May 2, 2023

"Kickstart My Heart" by Mötley Crüe

Song#:  4116
Date:  11/25/1989
Debut:  90
Peak:  27
Weeks:  16
Genre:  Hard Rock, Glam Metal

Pop Bits:  After cleaning up their act and getting sober, Mötley Crüe recorded what is arguably their best album Dr. Feelgood. Upon its release, the LP would hit #1 for two weeks. It was bolstered by the title track lead single, which became the band's first Pop Top 10 hit (#6) and first to go gold. For a follow up, this next track was selected. The tune wouldn't do as well, but it fared okay getting to #27 Pop/#18 Rock. However, the power ballad third single, "Without You," would prove to be another winner for them getting to #8 Pop/#11 Rock. They would follow it up with the Pop Top 20 entry "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)" (#18 Pop/#13 Rock). The hits certainly helped to sell the album, which would eventually become their best seller reaching the 6x platinum mark. The band had reached new heights in popularity, but thanks to the advent of grunge and alt rock along with inner turmoil, they would quickly descend from that peak.

ReduxReview:  This single just sounded kick ass. Bob Rock's production really took the band to the next level. It was a hooky, memorable track but it may have been a tad too aggressive for pop radio. I probably would have released "Without You" first as it had definite hit potential. Then this one fourth after "Don't Go Away Mad." Still, it ended up being no-harm, no-foul with the next two singles still doing well. The band was in their best musical period and it was a bit of a bummer that they sort of fell apart for a bit. Although they would never hit the same mark as they did with Dr. Feelgood, the band would have a long lasting career that would include breakups, reunions, feuds, tours, books, movies, etc.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Instead of recording a follow up album, the band issued out their first compilation in '91. Decade of Decadence 81-91 would be a double platinum #2 hit. Then in '92, lead singer Vince Neil would either leave the band or was fired (depending on who you talk to). That was quite a blow for one of the biggest bands in the world at the time. The remaining members decided to move forward with new lead singer John Corabi. A self-titled album would follow in '94, but the loss of Neil and the grunge factor played into results and although the LP would get to #7, it would only go gold. Neil would rejoin the band in '97 and the reunion album Generation Swine would get to #4 and go gold. There would then be another album, a hiatus, a reunion, and another album. Despite all their ups and downs, Mötley Crüe would continue to be a popular draw and one of glam metal's most legendary bands.


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