Theatre of Pain

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Theatre of Pain
Cover art by David Willardson
Studio album by Mötley Crüe
Released June 21, 1985
Recorded January-May 1985
Studio Pasha Music House, Cherokee Studios and Record Plant West, Hollywood, California
Genre Glam metal
Length 35:16
Label Elektra
Producer Tom Werman
Mötley Crüe chronology
Shout at the Devil
(1983)
Theatre of Pain
(1985)
Girls, Girls, Girls
(1987)
Singles from Theatre of Pain
  1. "Smokin' in the Boys Room"
    Released: June 24, 1985
  2. "Home Sweet Home"
    Released: September 30, 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Martin Popoff 4/10 stars[2]
Metal Storm (8.2/10)[3]
PopMatters (unfavorable)[4]
People (mixed)[5]
Rolling Stone Not rated[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars[7]
Sputnikmusic 1/5 stars[8]

Theatre of Pain is the third studio album by the American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, released on June 21, 1985. Released in the aftermath of singer Vince Neil's arrest for manslaughter on a drunk driving charge, the album marked a step away from the traditional heavy metal sound of Too Fast for Love and Shout at the Devil towards a more glam metal influenced style.[1]

Theatre of Pain contains the hits "Smokin' in the Boys Room" and the power ballad "Home Sweet Home". The album reached No. 6 in the US charts[9] and No. 36 in the UK,[10] and was certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA on June 5, 1995.[11]

Theatre of Pain is dedicated to Hanoi Rocks former member Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley, who was killed in the car crash that resulted in Vince Neil's arrest.

"Save Our Souls" was used in the Italian horror film Dèmoni, produced by Dario Argento.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Nikki Sixx except "Smokin' in the Boys Room" by Cub Koda and Michael Lutz. 

Side one
No. Title Music Length
1. "City Boy Blues"   Sixx, Mick Mars, Vince Neil 4:10
2. "Smokin' in the Boys Room" (Brownsville Station cover) Koda, Lutz 3:27
3. "Louder Than Hell"   Sixx 2:32
4. "Keep Your Eye on the Money"   Sixx 4:40
5. "Home Sweet Home"   Sixx, Neil, Tommy Lee 3:59
Side two
No. Title Music Length
6. "Tonight (We Need a Lover)"   Sixx, Neil 3:37
7. "Use It or Lose It"   Sixx, Mars, Neil, Lee 2:39
8. "Save Our Souls"   Sixx, Neil 4:13
9. "Raise Your Hands to Rock"   Sixx 2:48
10. "Fight for Your Rights"   Sixx, Mars 3:50

Personnel[edit]

Mötley Crüe[edit]

  • Vince Neil - lead and background vocals, harmonica
  • Mick Mars - all electrical, acoustic and slide guitars, background vocals
  • Nikki Sixx - 4 & 8-string bass, synth, background vocals
  • Tommy Lee - drums & percussion, piano, background vocals

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Jay Winding - keyboards
  • Max Carl, John Batdorf - backing vocals
  • Tom Werman - percussion
  • Mickey Raphael - harmonica

Production[edit]

  • Tom Werman - producer
  • Duane Baron - engineer, mixing
  • Paul Wertheimer, Mark Wilczak, Matt Brady, Alex Woltman, Brian Scheuble - assistant engineers

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1995 4x Platinum (+ 4,000,000)[11]
Canada CRIA 1988 3x Platinum (+ 300,000)[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Huey, Steve. "Mötley Crüe - Theatre of Pain review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (November 1, 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5. 
  3. ^ "Mötley Crüe - Theatre of Pain". Metal Storm. December 28, 2005. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  4. ^ Horning, Robert (June 3, 2003). "Mötley Crüe - Theatre of Pain / Girls, Girls, Girls". PopMatters. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: Theatre of Pain". People 24 (9). August 26, 1985. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  6. ^ Holmes, Tim (September 12, 1985). "Mötley Crüe - Theatre of Pain". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  7. ^ Considine, J. D. (2004). "Mötley Crüe". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City: Simon & Schuster. pp. 562–63. ISBN 978-0743201698. Archived from the original on December 27, 2010. Retrieved December 4, 2014. 
  8. ^ DeSylvia, Dave (June 6, 2006). "Mötley Crüe - Theatre of Pain". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Mötley Crüe Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c d "Artist Chart History – Motley Crue". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "RIAA Searchable Database: search fo Motley Crue". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Mötley Crüe – Theatre of Pain (album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 42, No. 23, August 17 1985". Library and Archives Canada. August 17, 1985. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Mötley Crüe – Theatre of Pain". Hitparade.ch (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Album – Mötley Crüe, Theatre of Pain". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "Thatre of Pain Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 12, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 43, No. 3, September 28 1985". Library and Archives Canada. September 28, 1985. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Mötley Crüe Chart History - The Hot 100". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Mötley Crüe Chart History - Mainstream Rock Songs". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Gold Platinum Search for Motley Crue". Music Canada. Retrieved December 8, 2014.