Slippery When Wet

Slippery When Wet

by Bon Jovi
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Slippery When Wet

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/09/1999
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0731453808928
catalogNumber: 538089
Rank: 5979

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bon Jovi   Primary Artist
Jon Bon Jovi   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Richie Sambora   Acoustic 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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Slippery When Wet 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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Great collection of songs. It's still one of my favorites.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This record has the greatest collection of songs. Jon Bon Jovi is an awsome singer. Their the best band ever!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Slippery when wet" ranks with "Appetite for destruction" as the very best hard-rock album of the 80's.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!
NettieVaz More than 1 year ago
This CD soundtrack is truly original and enjoyable. Loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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