Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet

Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet (1986, Mercury Records)

1. “Let It Rock” … 5:25
2. “You Give Love a Bad Name” … 3:44
3. “Livin’ on a Prayer” … 4:09
4. “Social Disease” … 4:18
5. “Wanted Dead or Alive” … 5:08
6. “Raise Your Hands” … 4:16
7. “Without Love” … 3:30
8. “I’d Die for You” … 4:30
9. “Never Say Goodbye” … 4:48
10. “Wild in the Streets” … 3:54

Band:
Jon Bon Jovi – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Richie Sambora – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Alec John Such – Bass, Backing Vocals
Tico Torres – Drums
David Bryan – Keyboards, Backing Vocals

Producer: Bruce Fairbairn

Hard to believe I haven’t spoken about this ’80s classic yet! In fact, this is one of the best rock albums of all time, in my opinion. Alongside other multi-platinum ’80s hard rock monsters like Back In Black, Pyromania and Appetite for Destruction, Slippery When Wet was a game changer and has continued to influence bands up until today.

When I first got into the CD game, this was one of the first CDs I owned because Bon Jovi was one of the first bands I got into when I actually started taking an interest in music (Guns ‘N Roses & Poison were my other early faves as a teenager). Still, I have remembrances of this album when I was a kid. This was an album that you would’ve had to have been deaf to avoid in ’86/’87. MTV, radio, skating rinks, school dances, my sister’s stereo… It was all over the place!

Some of the songs have aged worse than others because of the keyboards (“Without Love”, “I’d Die For You”) but I still say every track is a classic and they’ll all have you singing along in no time. Virtually any song here could’ve been a hit if it went to radio. Slippery When Wet is to Bon Jovi what Hysteria is to Def Leppard and the 12x platinum sales in the U.S. alone prove it.

The funny thing is, it’s been said that had this album not been successful, the story goes Bon Jovi was more than likely going to be dropped by the record label because the last two albums weren’t big hits (only the self-titled debut made a ripple) and this was basically their last chance. The label told the label to work with Desmond Child as a co-writer and gave them solid but then-unknown producer Bruce Fairbairn (with engineering by a young Bob Rock) and the rest is history…

Timeless and yet still a sign of the times (this album always makes me think of the typical ’80s mall) Slippery When Wet is a pop-metal masterpiece (yes, Jon, you were once a pop-metal band) that I’ll always keep coming back to. Essential listening for ’80s rock fans.

Highlights: Um… All of them.

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Posted on November 8, 2011, in Bon Jovi and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Trust me, owning this cassette for the car back then was very essential… because the girls ate this band and the songs up like there was no tomorrow. 🙂

    “Livin’ On A Prayer” is my absolute favorite on this classic.

  2. There is some great material on this album, true. However, it was this album that started them down the slope into commercial metal.

    • They always were commercial metal, IMO, and I don’t have a problem with that. I just don’t like their more ‘mature’ sound they started up over the last few albums. I think Bounce was the last really good album they did but I was listening to Have A Nice Day last night and found myself enjoying that more than I remembered.

  3. This album got me into music (in late 2008 around Halloween).

    I heard You Give Love A Bad Name on the radio for the nth time but for some reason something clicked in my brain and I was like “hey, this is pretty good” and from there I pulled this cd out of my parents cd library to listen to and it from there my music interests began.

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