Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet: Tour Edition

Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet: Tour Edition

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Slippery When Wet wasn't just a breakthrough album for Bon Jovi; it was a breakthrough for hair metal in general, marking the point where the genre officially entered the mainstream. Released in 1986, it presented a streamlined combination of pop, hard rock, and metal that appealed to everyone -- especially girls, whom traditional heavy metal often ignored during the '80s. Slippery When Wet was more indebted to pop than metal, though, and the band made no attempt to hide its commercial ambition, even hiring an outside songwriter to co-write two of the album's biggest singles. The trick paid off as Slippery When Wet became the best-selling album of 1987, beating out contenders like Appetite for Destruction, The Joshua Tree, and Bad. Part of the album's success could be attributed to Desmond Child, a behind-the-scenes songwriter who went on to write hits for Aerosmith, Michael Bolton, and Ricky Martin. With Child's help, Bon Jovi penned a pair of songs that would eventually define their career -- "Living on a Prayer" and "You Give Love a Bad Name" -- two teenage anthems that mixed Springsteen's blue-collar narratives with straightforward, guitar-driven hooks. Elsewhere, the group turned to nostalgia, using songs like "Never Say Goodbye" and "Wild in the Streets" to re-create (or fabricate) an untamed, sex-filled youth that undoubtedly appealed to the band's teen audience. "It's alright if you have a good time," Jon Bon Jovi sang on Slippery When Wet's first track, "Let It Rock," and those words could've served as a mantra for the entire hair metal genre, whose carefree, party-heavy attitude became the soundtrack for the rest of the '80s. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi

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Format
CD
Artist(s)
Bon Jovi
Number of discs
1
Track list
Let It Rock, You Give Love A Bad Name, Livin' On A Prayer, Social Disease, Wanted Dead Or Alive, Raise Your Hands, Without Love, I'd Die For You, Never Say Goodbye, Wild In The Streets, You Give Love A Bad Name (Live), Livin' On A Prayer (Live), Wanted Dead Or Alive (Acoustic Version) (Live)
Label
Universal
Edited
No
Brand
Anderson Merchandisers
Product Identifiers
Walmart Item #
30724915, 30669729
UPC
60252736169
SKU
10225751

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