Saturday, August 25, 2018

"Home Sweet Home" by Mötley Crüe

Song#:  2507
Date:  10/26/1985
Debut:  95
Peak:  89
Weeks:  6
Genre:  Heavy Metal

Pop Bits:  The Crüe found themselves more in the mainstream thanks to their #16 remake of Brownsville Station's 1973 hit "Smokin' in the Boys Room." It was the first single from the band's third album Theater of Pain. To follow it up, they released this power ballad track. It became their highest peaking song to-date on the Rock chart getting to #5, but the heavier song just couldn't break through at Pop like the more radio-friendly "Smokin'" and it stalled near the bottom of the chart. But the two singles sent the album to #6 - their first Top 10 - and eventually it would sell over four million copies.

ReduxReview:  Not being a fan of Mötley Crüe at the time, it was pretty much a done deal that I wasn't going to give this song much attention. But then the incessantly played video on MTV started to get my attention and I discovered that this was a damn good song. Apparently, the band's label hated it and didn't want it on the album but finally relented after the band threatened to walk. Though not a Pop hit, it certainly was at Rock and on MTV and it helped to sell a lot of albums. The song has become a signature tune for the Crüe and deservedly so. It was fitting that when the band played their career closing show on New Year's Eve in 2015, this was their final song. The tune wouldn't make me a fan of the band, but it's one from the band that I truly enjoy and appreciate.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  Triple Shot!  1) While the song wasn't a hit on the Pop chart when it was initially released, it did make the Top 40 later in 1991. For their first hits compilation, Decade of Decadence, this song was remixed and issued out as a single. Although it only got to #41 at Rock, the song finally was able to grab a Pop audience and it reached #37 on the chart.  2) Around this time MTV had daily request chart that allowed callers to request their favorite video. The one for this song made it to #1 and ended up staying in that spot for three months. With requests for the video not slowing down, MTV thought enough was enough an decided to create a rule for the request chart where a video was only eligible to be on the chart for a 30-day period. It was unofficially called the "Crüe Rule."  3) This song would be covered by many artists, but only one was able to get the song on the Pop chart. In 2009, former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood recorded a version of the song that was used as the show's farewell theme when a contestant was sent home. Pushed out as a single, the song made it to #21 on the Pop chart while also getting to #52 at Country. Speaking of the Country chart, singer Justin Moore covered the song as a duet with Crüe member Vince Neil for the 2014 album Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Mötley Crüe. The duet would get to #28 on the Country chart.


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