Mötley Crüe - Theatre Of Pain
When Motley Crue released Theatre of Pain they had already achieved quite some notoriety, musically and otherwise. The production process was overshadowed by Vince Neils car accident that tragically killed Hanoi Rocks drummer Razzle. After the faux satanism of Shout At The Devil which was deeply rooted in heavy metal musically, the Crue opted for a glammier look and sound on its predecessor - a decision that was viewed with disdain by many of their early fans, but that was definitely beneficial to their bank accounts. Thanks to MTVs heavy rotation of Smoking In The Boys Room and especially Home Sweet Home they broke into the mainstream and became superstars. It signaled Hair Metals takeover of the pop charts for the remainder of the decade and made it essentially mandatory for every rock band to include at least one power ballad on each album, for better or worse.