Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Home Sweet Home

I was watching American Idol tonight and I got to hear again Carrie Underwood's cover of "Home Sweet Home". They play it as they look back on the departing contestant's journey on Idol. Personally, I prefer Mötley Crüe's original. Don't get me wrong, Carrie Underwood is talented, or as Randy Jackson would say, "She's got mad skillz, dawg".

Hers has a different sound; different style. A lot of people have said she butchered it, and I think that's a little harsh. We all have our preferences. Now, as I like to do it... a little background on the song.

Written by:

Lyrics: Nikki Sixx;

Music: Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, and Tommy Lee

"Home Sweet Home" is a song by the American glam metal band Mötley Crüe and is one of the first examples of a power ballad. Originally released on the band's 1985 album, Theatre of Pain, the song was accompanied by a music video which documented the band's undertakings over the course of a concert, or several concerts. "Home Sweet Home" was later remixed and re-released as a single in 1991, as "Home Sweet Home '91." This version was featured on the band's Decade of Decadence compilation album. The song is often referred to as a power ballad, and its success was a prelude to similar marketing formula for other hair bands in the late 1980s. The song ranks #12 on VH1's chart of the greatest power ballads of all time.

The original release of "Home Sweet Home" charted at #89 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Home Sweet Home '91" peaked at #37 on the same chart in 1992. To date, "Home Sweet Home '91" is the last Mötley Crüe song to chart in the American Billboard Top 40.

Carrie Underwood recorded a cover version in 2009 for the American Idol season 8 send-off song. Underwood also released the song as a single on iTunes where it peaked at #1. On the chart week of March 28, 2009 "Home Sweet Home" made a debut at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart based on digital sales alone. It debuted on the Hot Country Songs chart at #52. On the Billboard Hot Digital Songs chart, the song made its debut at #10. It also debuted at #33 on the Canadian Hot 100. [1]

[1] From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

So, who's version do you like? Listen and tell me. I'd like to know.

First Carrie:

Now, I give you the Crüe:

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