MOTLEY CRUE – Theatre of Pain

Motley Crue – Theatre of Pain (1985, Elektra Records; 1999, Motley Records/Beyond Music)

Track Listing:
1. “City Boy Blues” … 4:05
2. “Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room” … 3:22
3. “Louder Than Hell” … 2:31
4. “Keep Your Eye on the Money” … 4:31
5. “Home Sweet Home” … 3:55
6. “Tonight (We Need a Lover)” … 3:35
7. “Use It or Lose It” … 2:38
8. “Save Our Souls” … 4:10
9. “Raise Your Hands to Rock” … 2:49
10. “Fight for Your Rights” … 3:40
11. “Home Sweet Home” [Demo] … 4:23
12. “Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room” [Alternate Version] … 3:34
13. “City Boy Blues” [Demo] … 4:28
14. “Home Sweet Home” [Instrumental] … 2:57
15. “Keep Your Eye on the Money” [Demo] … 3:48

Vince Neil – Vocals, Harmonica
Mick Mars – Guitar
Nikki Sixx – Bass
Tommy Lee – Drums, Piano

Produced by: Tom Werman

I had forgotten how good this album was. It’s not as raw and heavy as Too Fast For Love (in fact it’s downright glammy at times) or filled with nonstop classics like Shout at the Devil, but this is still some of Motley’s best work. Again, I have the 1999 reissue and I believe in the liner notes for that version Nikki states that it’s not their best work because the band was too wrapped up in their own lives and drugs.

Oh well, I like it anyway.

The instrumental and demo versions of “Home Sweet Home” are pretty cool listens.

Highlights: “Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room”, “Louder Than Hell”, “Keep Your Eye on the Money”, “Home Sweet Home”, “Tonight (We Need A Lover)”, “Use It or Lose It”, “Save Our Souls”


Posted on July 16, 2008, in Collection, Motley Crue and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. This was the start of Motley becoming totally huge thanks to ‘Home Sweet Home’ and MTV. I bought into the hype and had this album when it was released, back then it was great but if you compare it to other Crue releases you notice how average it is.

    Take the cover and ballad out (the 2 singles that made this record), and the best song is ‘Louder Than Hell’, the rest is just average. No surprise that the hard partying started to kill the creativity at this point, at least ‘Louder Than Hell’ got played the last few times I’ve seen them live.

    Heavy Metal Addiction

  2. Yes, great album.

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