Theatre of Pain [Hip-O Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
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...
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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
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. The 2003 reissue on Motley/Hip-O keeps all the bonus tracks from the 1999 reissue and adds the iconic video for "Home Sweet Home" and one of the most inessential bonus tracks possibly of all time: "Tommy's Drum Piece From Cherokee Studio," which is nothing more than a fancy title for three minutes of Lee soundchecking his drums.]
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  • Release Date: 4/8/2003
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 044006763026
  • Catalog Number: 067630

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mötley Crüe Primary Artist
Vince Neil Harmonica, Vocals, Background Vocals
Tommy Lee Percussion, Piano, Drums, Background Vocals
Mick Mars Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar
Nikki Sixx Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals, bass pedals
Technical Credits
Duane Baron Engineer
Brad Gilderman Engineer
Brian Scheuble Engineer
Tom Werman Producer
Paul Wertheimer Engineer
Alex Woltman Engineer
Bob Defrin Art Direction, Logo Design
Doug Thaler Direction
Matt Brady Engineer
Mark Wilczak Engineer
David Willardson Cover Illustration
Chris Solem Mastering
Richard Fisher Tour Manager
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Greatest American Heavy Metal record ever

    This is the first Motley Crue record I heard and I still think its the best. When I heard it I suddenly realised that this is what heavy metal is all about. Not some ignorant powermetal fools singing about swords and dragons or brainnumbing thrashposers like Metallica or Testament but guys having fun playing loud rock n roll and singing about chicks, cars, rebellion, social issues and parties. Don't let the weak choice of singles (the ballad "Home sweet home" and the mediocre boogierocker "Smokin..") fool you that this album is softer or more commercial than "Shout at the devil" because the rest of the songs are just as loud as anything on SATD. Maybe even louder!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pretty Good

    This was a good album, but definately not on their top three. All of the songs were good but I especially liked: Home sweet Home, Smokin' in the boys' room, City boy Blues, Louder than Hell, Fight for you Rights and Keep your eye on the money. I am happy I bought it but I wouldnt put it up there with Shout at the Devil and Dr. Feelgood.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the seminal 80's pop/metal album

    what can i say? "Smokin' in the Boys' Room" is just plain fun - how can you not like this song?!? they captured the original spirit of the song and put their own motley spin on it. (the video really made it for me, tho. when i hear the song i immediately think of those early days of mtv...) and of course, Raise Your Hands to Rock and City Boy Blue are smoking with vibe. they always give their all - absolute balls to the wall. now there is the obligatory power ballad, Home Sweet Home, but at least they do it well. the 12 string acoustic intro is just beautiful... and, yknow, this is afterall one of the seminal 80's pop/metal albums - how could it not have a power ballad... the extra track of Home Sweet Home is an instrumental demo version, its pretty cool. really lets the guitars shine. this album is just a great mix of punk, rock, power metal, and pop - the definition of the bad boys' version of glam.

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