Nikki Sixx recalled during a 2012 episode of his national radio program, Sixx Sense
, how the band had to fight for this song to be included on a record. "Our record company back in the day, Elektra Records, we turned in [1983 LP] Shout At The Devil
and they rejected the album," he said. "They said they didn't like it, it didn't sound like [1981's] Too Fast For Love
, we changed the logo, we changed our look. And so we said, 'Fine. Then we'll go to another record company.' So [Elektra] put it out [after all], and it sold four million copies. Elektra was about to go bankrupt at the time, and that saved their ass. And then when our next record [1985's Theatre Of Pain
] got turned in, with 'Home Sweet Home' on it, they rejected that album. They said, 'This is horrible, and you have to take that song off the record. You guys aren't a ballad band.' So we did the same thing."
"We were always at war with that record company; they never really believed in us.," Sixx continued.
"And so we came out with 'Smokin' In The Boy's Room
,' and that album blew up. And then we wanted to release 'Home Sweet Home' [as the next single and video], and [the record company] said, 'No way. No way.' So we funded it, we shot the video ourselves, went on MTV and the rest is history."
"But that song ['Home Sweet Home'] was never a hit single," he added. "They never worked it at radio, they never promoted the song, and if it wasn't for MTV back when they used to play videos, that song wouldn't be the song it is today. But that song's kind of like our 'Dream On
' [Aerosmith] or our 'Stairway To Heaven
' [Led Zeppelin], right?! … 'Dream On' was not a hit single [either]."