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"Live Wire" is the debut single by the American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe. It was released on their 1981 debut album Too Fast for Love.

"Live Wire"
Live Wire (Mötley Crüe song) coverart.jpg
Single by Mötley Crüe
from the album Too Fast for Love
ReleasedAugust 16, 1982
GenreHeavy metal, speed metal
Songwriter(s)Nikki Sixx
Mötley Crüe singles chronology
"Stick to Your Guns"
"Live Wire"
"Shout at the Devil"



The video was directed by the members of Mötley Crüe. It showcases the band's stage theatrics, such as Nikki Sixx setting himself on fire (due to lack of money to perform on stage pyrotechnics) and Mick Mars drooling blood. The single was released on August 16, 1982. In May 2006, it was ranked #17 on VH1's list of the 40 greatest metal songs of all time.[1]

The song was remixed in 1991 alongside "Piece of Your Action" for the compilation album Decade of Decadence.

Cover versionsEdit

In 2000, fellow heavy metal band Fozzy covered this song for their debut self-titled album. Swedish hardcore punk band Refused included a cover in their The Demo Compilation. In 2010, Japanese rock band Vamps covered it as the B-side to their single "Devil Side". Meghan Kabir recorded a slow version of the song for Mötley Crüe's 2019 biopic The Dirt.[2]


In popular cultureEdit

"Live Wire" appears in the soundtracks to the video games Tony Hawk's American Wasteland, Brütal Legend, Saints Row: The Third, and NBA 2K20. The song also appears on the soundtrack to Charlie's Angels. It also appears in the Netflix original film The Dirt which is about Mötley Crüe's history.


Chart (2019) Peak
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[3] 24


  1. ^ "VH1 40 Greatest Metal Songs", 1–4 May 2006, VH1 Channel, reported by; last accessed 2006-09-10.
  2. ^ Lifton, Dave; Wilkening, Matthew (March 22, 2019). "The Stories Behind the Non-Mötley Crüe Songs in The Dirt". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  3. ^ "Motley Crue Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 2, 2019.