Theatre of Pain

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Theatre of Pain
Studio album by Mötley Crüe
Released June 21, 1985
Recorded Cherokee Studios
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)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Sputnikmusic 1/5 stars [2]
Rolling Stone Not rated [3]

Theatre of Pain is the third album by the 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 record in both sound and image of their later albums.[1]

Theatre of Pain contains the hits "Smokin' in the Boys Room" and the power ballad "Home Sweet Home". The album reached #6 in the US charts, and #36 in the UK. The album was certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA on June 5, 1995.[4]

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 which was 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. 

No. Title Music Length
1. "City Boy Blues"   Sixx, Mick Mars, Vince Neil 4:10
2. "Smokin' in the Boys Room"   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
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]

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

Singles[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1986 The Billboard 200 6[5]

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1985 "Smokin' in The Boys Room" The Billboard Hot 100 16[6]
1985 "Smokin' in The Boys Room" Mainstream Rock Tracks 7[6]
1985 "Home Sweet Home" Mainstream Rock Tracks 38[6]

Certifications[edit]

Organization Level Date
RIAA – United States Gold August 22, 1985
Platinum August 22, 1985
2x Platinum January 9, 1986
4x Platinum June 5, 1995
CRIA – Canada Gold Nov 17, 1988
Platinum Nov 17, 1988
2x Platinum Nov 17, 1988
3x Platinum Nov 17, 1988

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Theatre of Pain at AllMusic
  2. ^ Music reviewer
  3. ^ Holmes, Tim (September 12, 1985). Theatre of Pain, Rolling Stone magazine review
  4. ^ "RIAA Gold & Platinum database-Theatre of Pain". Retrieved March 6, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Bilboard album chart history-Mötley Crüe". Retrieved March 6, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c "Bilboard singles chart history-Mötley Crüe". Retrieved March 6, 2009.