Theatre of Pain

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Theatre of Pain
Theatre of Pain.jpg
Cover art by David Willardson
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 21, 1985
RecordedJanuary–May 1985
StudioPasha Music House, Cherokee Studios and Record Plant West, Hollywood, California
GenreGlam metal[1]
ProducerTom Werman
Mötley Crüe chronology
Shout at the Devil
Theatre of Pain
Girls, Girls, Girls
Singles from Theatre of Pain
  1. "Smokin' in the Boys Room"
    Released: June 24, 1985
  2. "Home Sweet Home"
    Released: September 30, 1985
  3. "Keep Your Eye on the Money (Promo)"
    Released: 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal4/10[3]
Metal Storm(8.2/10)[4]
Rolling StoneNot rated[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[8]
Sputnikmusic1/5 stars[9]

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.[2]

Theatre of Pain contains the hit singles "Smokin' in the Boys Room" and the power ballad "Home Sweet Home". The album reached No. 6 in the US charts[10] and No. 36 in the UK,[11] and was certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA on June 5, 1995.[12]

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
1."City Boy Blues"Sixx, Mick Mars, Vince Neil4:10
2."Smokin' in the Boys Room" (Brownsville Station cover)Koda, Lutz3:27
3."Louder Than Hell"Sixx2:32
4."Keep Your Eye on the Money"Sixx4:40
5."Home Sweet Home"Sixx, Neil, Tommy Lee3:59
Side two
6."Tonight (We Need a Lover)"Sixx, Neil3:37
7."Use It or Lose It"Sixx, Mars, Neil, Lee2:39
8."Save Our Souls"Sixx, Neil4:13
9."Raise Your Hands to Rock"Sixx2:48
10."Fight for Your Rights"Sixx, Mars3:50


Mötley Crüe[edit]

  • Vince Neil - lead and background vocals, and harmonica
  • Mick Mars - all electric, 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]


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

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. "Take Me To The Top"
  2. "Public Enemy #1"
  3. "Live Wire"
  4. "Looks That Kill"
  5. "Too Young to Fall in Love"
  6. "Smokin' in the Boys Room"
  7. "Home Sweet Home"



Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1995 4x Platinum (+ 4,000,000)[12]
Canada CRIA 1988 3x Platinum (+ 300,000)[20]


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