For this episdoe of The Original vs. The Cover, we are going to discuss the anthem for the outcast, “Smokin’ in the Boy’s Room. The Original is by the band Brownsville Station who were a regional band out of Michigan and this was probably their biggest hit and was off their 1973 album ‘Yeah!’ (I wonder if this title inspired the title to Def Leppard’s Cover’s album. Hmmm). It reached #3 on the Billboard Charts. The Cover as done by Motley Crue was off their album ‘Theatre of Pain’ from 1985. Crue only took the song to #16 on the Billboard Chart, but MTV played the crap out of this song.
The song was written by Michael “Cub” Koda along with Michael Lutz and is about a bunch of outcast school kids who would hideout in the bathroom to not get caught by the principal for smokin’. They get caught and the principal tells them “Smokin’ Ain’t Allowed in School”. The song was inspired by Cub’s experiences as a young pup sneaking smokes that he stole from his parents at the movie theatre.
Whose version is better you might ask yourself so let us explore each song and find out which version is best.
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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.
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Motley Crue called it quits back in 2016 with The End Farewell Tour. I have The End Deluxe Edition Tombstone set which I love and I have all their CDs (only missing a couple that will be remedied shortly. I was listening to them the other day and thought it was time to rank their Albums from Worst to First. As usual, I will keep it to strictly the Studio albums and will exclude greatest hits and live albums. However, I am going to include the Supersonic And Demonic Relics album which was a collection of rare songs and unreleased tracks. It isn’t a greatest hits collection and I think it stands out nicely on its own.
With all that being said, let’s get started…
10 – THE WORST – ‘THEATRE OF PAIN’ (1985):
The album was an utter disappointment after the first two. There was so much filler and not enough memorable songs. Yes, you have “Home Sweet Home” and “Smokin’ in the Boys Room” but the album felt lost. The band lost it’s edge of the last two albums and overall it was just lacking. There were a couple other good songs as I really liked “Tonight (We Need a Love)” and “Louder than Hell”. Outside of that it wasn’t the same band. Luckily, the regained that edge for the next release.
The album did well and sold over 4 million copies and went to #6 on Billboard. The success of the ballad “Home Sweet Home” was good enough to keep the momentum going and drive further success, but it is one of the albums I revisit the least.
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I have been wanting this box set since the day it was announced. I finally was able to get my hands on a copy and couldn’t be happier. Well, almost. Let’s first talk about what is wrong with this box set. There is a HUGE OMISSION of several albums. The albums ‘Motley Crue’, ‘Generation Swine’ and ‘New Tattoo” are for some strange, f**king reason are not included in this box set. I am sure they had a reason, but a good reason it was absolutely not!
Now that I got that out of the way…the Motley Crue Box Set is to commemorate the 35 years of the band. The set goes through their final show on December 31st, 2015 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Motley Crue were
- Vince Neil – Vocals
- Nikki Sixx – Bass
- Mick Mars – Guitar
- Tommy Lee – Drums
I mentioned briefly what was wrong, now let’s go through what was included in the box set and what they did get right.
The Case: As you can see from the featured image, the case is actually quite large. It is a grave headstone marking the death (or ‘The End’) of Motley Crue. My youngest daughter thought that it was weird, but it is actually quite fitting for the occasion. When full, the case is rather heavy and seems durable enough for its purpose. The only down side is it won’t fit in my LP cabinet as you can see from the picture as well. However, it is nice enough to be a nice accent to the cabinet when I place it on top.
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