Home Sweet Home
|"Home Sweet Home"|
|Single by Mötley Crüe|
|Released||September 27, 2005|
|Live debut||September 10, 2005|
|Last played||September 10, 2005|
|Writer(s)||Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee|
|Label||The Orchard, Motley Records|
"Home Sweet Home" is a power ballad by the American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, originally released in 1985 on the album Theatre Of Pain. The song was re-recorded with additional vocals by Chester Bennington in 2005 for a benefit single.
Nikki Sixx originally crafted the riff when he was 17, but never found a use for it until nearly a decade later, when, after a booze-fueled recording session, Tommy Lee added the piano line atop Sixx’s bass melody. Lyrically, Sixx says the song is about the fatigue the band felt from endless touring. "Those lyrics were born out of being exhausted on the road and getting back to L.A."
The song was remixed for the original promotion for the single in 1985 and sent to radio stations on a radio only promo 12" vinyl. This remix wasn't commercially released until 1988, when it was included in the Japan-only EP Raw Tracks.
The song was remixed again in 1991 and had some instruments overdubbed. This version, called "Home Sweet Home ('91 Remix)" but commonly referred to as "Home Sweet Home '91", was released on the band's first compilation album Decade Of Decadence 81-91 and also released as a single to promote the album.
The song was re-recorded by Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington on co-lead vocals along with Mötley Crüe in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Scheduled for a concert in Nashville on September 10 as part of their "Carnival Of Sins" world tour, Mötley Crüe was anxious to do their part to help raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Upon learning that MTV/VH1/CMT's "ReAct Now" benefit concert was being broadcast from Nashville that same day, they joined the effort immediately. Nikki Sixx said, "Chester was originally scheduled to play the MTV 'ReAct Now' benefit concert in Los Angeles but when he heard what we were doing he wanted to help with this song and video and chose to do his performance in Nashville with us. He flew in late the night before and was in the studio early the next morning. Chester is a real artist that will be making a difference for a long time."
Nikki Sixx posted, "Tomorrow [Saturday, September 10] will be a long day, but a good day. We need to be at CMT studios in Nashville to cut 'Home Sweet Home' live with Chester [Bennington] from LINKIN PARK at 9 a.m. We're gonna have other players as well — piano, a second guitar, strings, choir etc. We're doing this for the hurricane relief fund. Then we go to a recording studio with everybody in tow and cut it proper for a single to be released to raise more money to help the people of New Orleans, then we have a concert that night."
Following their performance, the band and Chester went into Nashville's Ocean Way Studio to record a special version of "Home Sweet Home". Oceanway Nashville teamed up with local engineers J.R. Rodriquez and Mickey Cones to help with the track. Studio manager Glenda Cones put the session together in record time. The single was produced by Grammy-winning producer Desmond Child and accompanied by a full, 26-person gospel choir and string arrangement section. Allen Kovac of Tenth Street Management served as executive producer. The song was mixed by Greg Collins. Mötley Crüe, Chester Bennington, Desmond Child, the various musicians and crew members, as well as the band's Tenth Street Entertainment management all worked for free to put together the track. Everything was done within 24 hours.
Nikki Sixx posted the following post-session message in his online journal: "First and foremost, we, the band, want and need to thank everyone behind the scenes who busted their asses to make yesterday such a magical day. Traveling through the night to get us set up and organized was no easy task, but everybody knew that this wasn't about them…it's about awareness and hopeful funds for the people of New Orleans who have been left destitute. Also Chester and all his people who did any and everything to get to Nashville need to be complimented as well. I think we speak for all the bands and artists who performed when we say thank you to everybody behind the scenes. Now is the time we're asking you to react. Please donate. Please pick up the phone or go online and make a difference. Don't wait, our government already did that…Do it now…thank you."
Chester Bennington later said, "The chance to perform with these guys for such a great cause is something really special. Hopefully, people will embrace it in the way it was intended. The song really does fit the sentiment and something special happened when we pulled it together. Everyone felt as if they were doing something really important."
The track was distributed by The Orchard, who initially made the benefit single available exclusively on iTunes starting on September 27, followed by wide distribution to more than 125 of the world's leading digital music stores, including eMusic, Napster, MSN, Real/Rhapsody, and Yahoo!/Musicmatch. In addition, The Orchard supplied the single through its distribution partnerships with the leading mobile companies around the world, the largest mobile network of any distributor, spanning over 200 global services including Sprint, Dwango Wireless, Zingy, 9 Squared, IAM Mobile, Arvato Mobile and Hudson Soft. One hundred percent of the proceeds were donated by the artists and The Orchard and evenly split between American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Effort and Mercy Corps.
A CD single release was planned for the song for traditional retail outlets and would include exclusive behind-the-scenes "making of" documentary, but it was never released. This version is sometimes referred to as "Home Sweet Home '05".
Artists who have covered "Home Sweet Home" include 30 Foot Fall, Limp Bizkit, Radio Cult, Rob Corddry, Todrick Hall, and Carrie Underwood. American country singer Justin Moore covered the song as a duet with Vince Neil on the 2014 album Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute To Mötley Crüe. Tommy Lee performed the song on piano when he guest starred as a singer on the TV series Californication at the end of the episode of "Lights, Camera, Asshole". This version also appears on the show's Season 4 soundtrack.
|1||Home Sweet Home (Featuring Chester Bennington)||Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee||4:12|
Home Sweet Home '05
The music video for the song was directed by Mötley Crüe's publicist Katie McNeil from Tenth Street Entertainment and shows videos of Katrina rescues, along with studio footage and a performance from the band at MTV/VH1/CMT's ReAct Now: Music & Relief benefit concert in Nashville, which raised about $30 million for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts via the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and America's Second Harvest (now Feeding America). The video made its debut as part of AOL Music's First View program on September 27, 2005 and was available exclusively at www.aolmusic.com for 24 hours before it appeared on all major music television outlets. It had it's premiere on Fuse's Daily Download on October 13, 2005.
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
|Home Sweet Home||Home Sweet Home||4:12||September 2005||September 27, 2005|
|Home Sweet Home||Home Sweet Home
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|4:44||September 2005||June 16, 2009||
While "Home Sweet Home" was a staple throughout Mötley Crüe's live career, the song was only performed once with Chester. It was performed with him at the ReAct Now: Music & Relief benefit in 2005, an event that was held to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Chester performed under his own name at the event, too, with Julien-K members Amir and Ryan backing him. This project would later evolve into Dead By Sunrise - at the time of the event, the project was called Snow White Tan.
- Desmond Child - producer
- Allen Kovac - executive producer
- J.R. Rodriquez - engineer
- Mickey Cones - engineer
- Jules Gondar - ProTools engineer
- Greg Collins - mixing
Mötley Crüe is:
- Mick Mars – lead guitar, backing vocals
- Nikki Sixx – bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
- Tommy Lee – drums, percussion, piano, backing vocals
- Vince Neil – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica
- Chester Bennington - vocals
Home, sweet home
- Motley Crue farewell tour: Nikki Sixx shares stories behind the songs | EW.com, December 22, 2015
- MÖtley CrÜe To Donate All Proceeds From 'Home Sweet Home' Remake To Charity - Blabbermouth.net, September 27, 2005
- LP Association: Nikki Sixx Online Journal, September 10, 2005
- Motley Crue and Linkin Park Record Duet For Hurricane Benefit | ProsoundNetwork.com, September 15, 2005
- Discography | Greg Collins
- Ocean Way “Home Sweet Home” for the Crue | Mixonline September 20, 2005
- The Orchard to Make Motley Crue & Chester Bennington ’Home Sweet Home’ Hurricane Relief Single, September 27, 2005