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, heavy metal
Length 35:16
Label Elektra
Producer Tom Werman
Mötley Crüe chronology
Shout at the Devil
Theatre of Pain
Girls, Girls, Girls
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Sputnikmusic 1/5 stars [2]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars [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, whilst still retaining the trademark heavy, sleazy Crue sound. The intended title for the album was "Entertainment or Death", but that was changed before the release, possibly inspired by LA Death Rock band Christian Death´s 1982 album Only Theatre of Pain

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 is featured in the Italian horror film Demons which is 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
2003 Remastered Edition
No. Title Length
11. "Home Sweet Home" (Demo Version) 4:24
12. "Smokin' in the Boys Room" (Alternate Guitar Solo-Rough Mix) 3:34
13. "City Boy Blues" (Demo Version) 4:28
14. "Home Sweet Home" (Instrumental Rough Mix) 2:58
15. "Keep Your Eye on the Money" (Demo Version) 3:49
16. "Tommy's Drum Piece from Cherokee Studios"   3:16
17. "Home Sweet Home" (Music Video) 15:51




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]


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

Uncensored Video album[edit]

"Uncensored" is the debut video album released by Mötley Crüe in 1986 following the Theatre of Pain album/tour. The video features behind the scenes footage and music videos from the band's first three albums.

Videos include

  1. "Live Wire"
  2. "Looks That Kill"
  3. "Too Young to Fall in Love"
  4. "Smokin' in the Boys Room"
  5. "Home Sweet Home"