Slippery When Wet

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
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. 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
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. 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 Michael Jackson's 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. The band's characters may have been down on their luck -- they worked dead-end jobs, pined for dangerous women, and occasionally rode steel horses -- but Bon Jovi never presented a problem that couldn't be cured by a good chorus, every one of which seemed to celebrate a glass-half-full mentality. 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. Bon Jovi wasn't nearly as hard-edged as Mötley Crüe or technically proficient as Van Halen, but the guys smartly played to their strengths, shunning the extremes for an accessible, middle-of-the-road approach that wound up appealing to more fans than most of their peers. "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 essentially served as a mantra for the entire hair metal genre, whose carefree, party-heavy attitude became the soundtrack for the rest of the '80s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/9/1999
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 731453808928
  • Catalog Number: 538089
  • Sales rank: 3,058

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bon Jovi Primary Artist
Jon Bon Jovi Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Richie Sambora Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Synthesizer Guitar, Talk Box
David Bryan Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Noise
Bruce Fairbairn Percussion, Horn
Tom Keenlyside Horn
Lema Moon Horn
Alec John Such Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
Tico Torres Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Jon Bon Jovi Composer
Richie Sambora Composer
Desmond Child Composer
Bruce Fairbairn Producer
George Marino Digital Remastering Engineer
Bob Rock Engineer
Bill Levy Artwork, Art Direction
Wayne Isham Video Director
Curt Marvis Video Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    This CD ROCKS!!!

    This CD soundtrack is truly original and enjoyable. Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great simply great

    I thought that this album is one of the best i've ever heard except for one song:social disease. The rest of the album was great! Bon Jovi is definetly my favorite band.Second is Journey but this the best selling album of 1986.So, I'd recoomend it to anyone.Every track except one just hits home so if you haven't heard it buy it now!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AIRGUITARING!!! HEADBANGING!!!

    Man I was born twenty years too late! The BEST 80's hard rock EVER! Loud yet musical guitar, screamin'...all that stuff. If you're just getting into the hard rock scene, as I am, then Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet is the best place to start. Jump in the deep end and bang your head around!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Hard-Rock album the 80's

    "Slippery when wet" ranks with "Appetite for destruction" as the very best hard-rock album of the 80's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wild In The Streets

    This album could very well be THE album of it's generation. This album brings the world the hits "You Give Love a Bad Name", "Livin' On A Prayer", :Wanted Dead Or Alive", "Raise Your Hand", and "Wild In The Street". The ballads, the rock songs, the memories! Slippery When Wet made these Jersey boys the superstars that they still are today!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Music

    Great collection of songs. It's still one of my favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Bon Jovi Record

    This record has the greatest collection of songs. Jon Bon Jovi is an awsome singer. Their the best band ever!!

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