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Album Review

Backing away from the mild pseudo-Satanic posturing on parts of Shout at the Devil in favor of a more glammed-up image, Mötley Crüe really began to hit their commercial stride with Theatre of Pain, which broke them on MTV with the power ballad "Home Sweet Home" and a remake of Brownsville Station's "Smokin' in the Boys' Room"; the latter also landed them on the Top 40 singles chart for the first time. Overall, the guitar riffing sounds less heavy metal and more pop-metal; similarly, the sound of the record is slicker and more arranged, polished for mainstream acceptance and airplay. A higher percentage of dull filler has crept into the songwriting, but there are still enough high points to rescue the album's momentum. [In 1999, the Crüe remastered and reissued Theatre of Pain on their own Motley/Beyond label with five bonus tracks: demos of "Home Sweet Home," "Keep Your Eye on the Money," and "City Boy Blues," plus rough mixes of "Smokin' in the Boys' Room," and "Home Sweet Home" (the latter an instrumental).]

Customer Reviews


Awesome album,thanks to Home Sweet Home(#1 Power Ballad Ever!)Every album by everyone after this has a ballad thank you Motley Crue.

Glad to finally see the whole Crue Collection on iTunes

I remember waiting for this album to come out! Great follow-up to Shout at the Devil. Covering Brownsville Station's; Smokin'...was a nice tribute to the music that influenced the members of M'Crue. City Boy Blues and Keep Your Eye On the Money are the hidden gems in this collection.


Fantasic album by a fantastic band a must buy for any crue fan Home sweet home is the greatest power ballad ever


Formed: 1980 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Mötley Crüe were undeniably one of the most popular hard rock/pop-metal acts of the 1980s. Combining the theatrics and glam of Kiss with the hard power pop hooks of Cheap Trick, the Crüe out-partied, out-rocked, and outsold most of their competition. The band even managed to hit the pop chart with frequency with hits like "Dr. Feelgood" and "Without You." The combination of larger-than-life personalities that made up the L.A. band was too volatile to remain stable; singer Vince Neil and drummer Tommy...
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