In The Studio Kick Off 2014 With Motley Crue

Syndicated radio In The Studio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands is kicking off the New Year by taking a special look back with Nikki Sixx and Vince Neil of Motley Crue. The show sent over these details:

The '80s would not have been, well, the '80s without the outlandish antics and brazen musical style of LA rockers Motley Crue. By the Spring of 1983 the Crue were living in sharp contrast to what was mainstream America. Songs like "Shout at the Devil" and "Looks that Kill" had nothing in common with the charts then, but 1985's Theatre of Pain album would transform Motley Crue into rock and roll chart toppers driven by the success of their Brownsville Station cover "Smokin' In The Boys' Room" and the monster power ballad, "Home Sweet Home". In an interview with InTheStudio host Redbeard, Nikki Sixx remembers how the latter non-traditional Crue song would set the bar for hard rock bands to follow.

"Bands didn't have a power ballad and MTV as a vehicle to have a hit. That just wasn't the way it was. After "Home Sweet Home" every band had the one ballad that came as their second or third single... I think the reason we did it was because it was so anti-Motley Crue and it was funny, because it threw us into the mainstream. Trust me, none of us had the foresight to see that." Stream the show here.

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