Home Sweet Home (Mötley Crüe song)

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"Home Sweet Home"
Single by Mötley Crüe
from the album Theatre of Pain
Released September 30, 1985
Recorded 1985
Genre Glam metal, heavy metal
Length 3:56
Label Elektra
Writer(s) Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee
Producer(s) Tom Werman
Mötley Crüe singles chronology
"Smokin' in the Boys Room"
(1985)
"Home Sweet Home"
(1985)
"Girls, Girls, Girls"
(1987)
"Home Sweet Home '91"
Single by Mötley Crüe
from the album Decade of Decadence
Released 1991
Recorded 1991
Genre Glam metal
Length 4:01
Label Elektra
Producer(s) Tom Werman
Mötley Crüe singles chronology
"Primal Scream"
(1991)
"Home Sweet Home '91"
(1991)
"Anarchy in the UK"
(1991)

"Home Sweet Home" is a power ballad by the American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe. It was originally released in 1985 on the album Theatre of Pain, and again in 1991 for the Decade of Decadence compilation album. It has been recorded as a cover version by several artists, and was released as a single by Carrie Underwood in 2009. Both versions had a music video, the 1991 version had a different video.

Along with "Wild Side", "Home Sweet Home" is one of the rare Mötley Crüe hits to have Vince Neil credited with the songwriting, though he did play a part in writing many of their non-hit songs.

Release[edit]

Originally released on the band's 1985 album, Theatre of Pain, the song was accompanied by a music video which documented the band's undertakings over the course of a concert, or several concerts. Some of the original video was shot in Houston, Texas live at The Summit during the 1985 Theatre of Pain tour. They performed the song twice that night apparently to get more video footage. "Home Sweet Home" was released & remixed twice: once for the original promotion for the single in 1985. A radio only promo 12" with the remix was sent to stations, but not released commercially until the 1988 Japan-only EP Raw Tracks. The song was remixed again in 1991 and had some instruments overdubed. Now called "Home Sweet Home '91", it was released as a single with a new video and included on the Decade of Decadence compilation. The song is often referred to as a power ballad, and its success was a prelude to similar marketing formula for other hair bands in the late 1980s.[1] The song ranks number twelve on VH1's chart of the greatest power ballads of all time. Drummer Tommy Lee re-recorded the song for Season 4 of the TV series Californication, and has a cameo in "Lights, Camera, Asshole" performing the song on piano in a bar at the end of the episode. Also, the third episode in the show's fourth season was named after this song.

Chart positions[edit]

The original release of "Home Sweet Home" charted at number 89 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Home Sweet Home '91" peaked at number 37 on the same chart in 1992.[2] To date, "Home Sweet Home '91" is the last Mötley Crüe song to chart in the American Billboard Top 40.

Music video[edit]

The video (directed by Wayne Isham) depicts each band member receiving a phone call home, and replying "I'm on my way!", Vince Neil on a beach, Mick Mars on a throne in a haunted house, Nikki Sixx at a bar, and Tommy Lee at a wild party. The piano intro begins as a tour bus driving by is shown. The rest of the video shows the band pre-concert and performing on stage, shot at Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas. The video is notable for its long stay on top of the MTV daily request chart, lasting over three months until MTV invoked the unwritten "Crue Rule", dropping videos from eligibility on their request line after thirty days. The end of the video shows the same tour bus from the beginning with the words "Rockin 'N' Rollin".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Home Sweet Home"
  2. "Red Hot"

Cover versions[edit]

  • The song was re-recorded by Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington on co-lead vocals along with Mötley Crüe in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The music video for the song shows videos of Katrina rescues, along with a performance from the band.
  • 30 Foot Fall included a cover version of the song as a bonus track on their album Ever Revolving, Never Evolving.
  • It was also recorded by Limp Bizkit for their Greatest Hitz album, and is joined by a remake of "Bitter Sweet Symphony" by The Verve. It is often referred to as "Bittersweet Home."
  • The band Radio Cult released a cover of the song on their album "Retroactive" in 2007.
  • Rob Corddry did a cover version for the 2010 film, Hot Tub Time Machine.
  • Tommy Lee performed the song on piano when he guest starred as a singer on the TV series Californication at the end of the episode of "Lights, Camera, Asshole". This version also appears on the show's Season 4 soundtrack.
  • In 2013, former American Idol contestant Todrick Hall made a version of the song in a medley video in tribute to The Wizard of Oz.

Personnel[edit]

Carrie Underwood version[edit]

"Home Sweet Home"
Single by Carrie Underwood
Released March 10, 2009
Format Digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre Country pop
Length 3:38
Label Arista Nashville
Writer(s) Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee
Producer(s) Mark Bright
Carrie Underwood singles chronology
"I Told You So"
(2009)
"Home Sweet Home"
(2009)
"Cowboy Casanova"
(2009)

Carrie Underwood recorded a cover version in 2009 for the American Idol season 8 send-off song. On the chart week of March 28, 2009, "Home Sweet Home" made a debut at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart based on sales of the digital single. It debuted on the Hot Country Songs chart at number 52. It also debuted at number 33 on the Canadian Hot 100.

Carrie Underwood performed the song live on May 19, 2009, following the final performances of American Idol's eighth season.

Her version appears on American Idol when they play flashbacks of the person on The Big screen.

It also appeared on the Deluxe Edition of her third studio album Play On.

In popular culture[edit]

Motley Crue's version appears in a 2014 TV commercial for Coldwell Banker.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[3] 33
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 21
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 52

Sales[edit]

United States: 288,000[6]

Preceded by
"Celebrate Me Home" by Ruben Studdard
American Idol Farewell Song
Season 8 (2009)
Succeeded by
"Leave Right Now" by Will Young

Justin Moore version[edit]

"Home Sweet Home"
Single by Justin Moore with Vince Neil
from the album Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Mötley Crüe
Released July 7, 2014 (2014-07-07)
Format Digital download
Genre Country
Length 3:58
Label Valory
Writer(s) Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee
Producer(s) Jeremy Stover
Justin Moore singles chronology
"Small Town Throwdown"
(2014)
"Home Sweet Home"
(2014)

Justin Moore covered the song as a duet with Vince Neil on the 2014 album Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Mötley Crüe.[7][8] It was sent to country radio on July 8, 2014. On the Country Airplay chart dated for July 19, 2014, Moore's version was the highest-debuting song of the week, entering at number 39.[9]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[10] 34
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[11] 32

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