This song is about Nikki Sixx' revival. One day 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!
Jesse - Pineville, LA
This also deals with the band's newfound sobriety during the songwriting process and on stage. The rush they used to get from drugs they were now getting in other, more natural ways.
Bassist Nikki Sixx told Rolling Stone: "That was a song I had written very quickly and had brought into rehearsal. I thought it was a throwaway, something that would belong on Too Fast For Love. It just really took on a life of its own and fit on the album a lot better than it should."
Mötley Crüe appeared in a commercial for the Kia Optima
that ran during the 2012 Super Bowl. In the ad, they are performing this song in a really awesome dream; Adriana Lima and Chuck Liddell also appear. The concept is that the vehicle is the only thing you can dream of that is attainable in your waking hours.
The song soundtracked a 2014 commercial for the Dodge Charger
. Dodge also acted as the presenting sponsor of Mötley Crüe's The Final Tour
, which kicked off in Grand Rapids at Van Andel Arena on July 2, 2014.
Steven Adler disputes Nikki Sixx's version of the events that inspired the lyrics for the song. The former Guns N' Roses drummer recalled to the Triple M radio station in May 2018:
"He wrote it about the paramedics took that syringe and did that 'Pulp Fiction' thing to him. But they didn't do that; they didn't do that. I dragged him into the shower with a broken hand and a cast on my hand, I rolled him in, I put the cold water on him in the shower and I started slapping him in the face with my cast. And next thing you know, the purple in his face just disappeared.
And then right then, the paramedics came in and they grabbed him out of the shower like a rag doll, dropped him in the living room and they just pumped his chest with their hands. And that was it. But he got a hell of a good song out of it. It is entertainment, after all."
A driver in Manitoba, Canada tried to excuse his driving at 145 km/h (90 mph) by telling police officers that he'd been listening to this song at the time of the offense. "Kickstart My Heart" came on his radio on January 7, 2019 just before he was pulled over by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
So was accidentally speeding to the song deemed to be justification for his fast driving? Nope. The RCMP officer who pulled over the driver had been tuned into the same radio station. He had also been listening to the same tune, but while driving at a much slower speed. The driver was fined $639 (£377) for the offense.
In 2019, this was used in a Super Bowl commercial for Planters nuts
where Mr. Peanut drives the Peanutmobile rather recklessly so he can save Alex Rodriguez from the horror of snacking on kale chips.
In The Office episode "Traveling Salesmen" (2007), Dwight rocks out to this, complete with air guitar, in Jim's car before a sales meeting.
It was also featured in these TV series:
American Dad! ("Brave Noob World" - 2020)
Supergirl ("The Quest For Peace" - 2019)
S.W.A.T. ("Pamilya" - 2017)
Doogie Howser, M.D. ("Doogie's Awesome, Excellent Adventure" - 1990)
And in these movies:
A Bad Moms Christmas (2017)
Take Me Home Tonight (2011)
Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby (2006)