For My Sunday Song #188, we are going to pontificate on the greatness of Motley Crue’s song “Home Sweet Home”. How great is it you ask? So great that it got overplayed to death and now I am sick of it. However, that doesn’t make it any less great. The song is off the horrible album ‘Theatre of Pain’ which was released in 1985. The song was released as a single and did nothing on the radio. On MTV, that is a different story.
The song is a ballad and is about the band’s life on the road. After being out on the road for 18 months touring on the album ‘Shout at the Devil’, the band couldn’t wait to get home. When they got home, they were so bored they started getting in to a lot of trouble, but they did write this song. It was a song the record company didn’t want to release, but the band stuck to their guns and financed the video themselves. The video showed the band on and off stage from several concerts and the less happy life of road life. That video blew up on MTV, but the record company didn’t promote it on the radio so it flopped there and was never officially a hit. This song helped prove that all metal bands at the time, better have a freaking ballad on their album if they want to succeed.
The song opens with Tommy Lee on piano and like every ballad has its slow moments and those power moments that picked up the volume and tempo. It even includes a brilliant guitar solo by Mick Mars where he shreds the crap out of that guitar. The song then ends as it began with Tommy on the piano and then Vince humming the song before fading out. It was so popular for the band, that the last song they ever played when the broke up as band was “Home Sweet Home”. Now, we know that it actually won’t be the last song they played live as they are back and about to Tour…again.