“Dr. Feelgood” is a song by American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe. It was released as the lead single from their fifth studio album of the same name.
Motley Crue bass player Nikki Sixx wrote this about a drug dealer who gave him his “fix” every now and again in Los Angeles.
The band reached its peak popularity in 1989, with the release of Dr. Feelgood, which was their fifth album. It became their only #1 album and stayed on the charts for 109 weeks after its release.
Guitarist Mick Mars came up with the main guitar part and melody line for the chorus, which Sixx put words over.
Vocalist Vince Neil looked back at this song to Rolling Stone in 2009: “I knew it was a classic from the time I heard that very first ‘bomp bomp bomp bomp’ – that intro just kind of grabs you. This song has been popular for 20 years. It was funny because I was watching VH1 and they had the Greatest Hard Rock Songs and ‘Feelgood’ was 15 or something. I was like, ‘Wow, of all time.’ Then you have Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith and AC/DC and ‘Feelgood.’ I was like, ‘Wow, that’s cool.’ It’s our signature song in some ways.”
Bassist Nikki Sixx recalled to Rolling Stone: “I remember it had a whole other set of lyrics. I had sort of forgotten that and I found them in a box recently. I was like, ‘oh, wow.’ It had a whole different theme to it. It was called ‘Dr. Feelgood,’ but a whole different thing lyrically. In the end it was inspired by drug dealers. Is there ever just one? A good drug addict always has more than one dealer.”