Fun Music Flashback Friday – You Give Love A Bad Name

I’ve decided to do something a little different with my “Fun Music Fridays”. If you’re like me, you’ve got a song that…when you hear it…instantly transports you back in time to when you were younger. I’ve got quite a few of these songs in my head, so I plan on writing about these “flashbacks” over the coming weeks.  Here is the second entry…

I was on some kind of youth group trip back in 1985. A couple of rooms had been rented at the local Wandlyn Inn so that the guys and the girls in the group could get changed and then take advantage of the heated pool facilities (pretty much the only pool available in the town at the time).

I remember that the Much Music countdown was on the television in the guys’ room. We had all been swimming for a couple of hours and had just finished changing back into our street clothes.

All of a sudden, this video came on.

No word of exaggeration, I literally thought it was the greatest song I had ever heard in my entire life.  I thought that the heavens had opened up and provided the world with a rock song that had a killer hook.

I remember being mesmerized. This song (and to a certain extent the video, too) single-handedly made me a Bon Jovi fan for life. It also single-handedly changed my 80’s musical tastes from the sounds of Twisted Sister and Quiet Riot to Bon Jovi and Def Leppard and Poison. Not a huge serve, mind you, but still…that song influenced me tremendously.

Of course, looking back now it’s Livin’ On A Prayer that’s most fondly remembered. At a close second is Wanted Dead Or Alive. This particular song…the one that had my jaw hitting the floor for its awsesomeness…is memorably, but falls in behind the other two.

Was there a song that had a similar effect on you?

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3 thoughts on “Fun Music Flashback Friday – You Give Love A Bad Name

    1. “Slippery When Wet” was an extremely difficult album to live up to. I thought “New Jersey” was awesome, though, so even though “Keep The Faith” wasn’t great, by that time it was okay. I still enjoy their newer stuff, too…so for me Bon Jovi is still making magic happen almost 30 years later.

  1. Agree that “Slippery When Wet” set the bar very high. Was that the album where they recorded 30+ songs and relentlessly play tested them to all sorts of groups of people, before whittling the tracklist down to the best?
    I suppose by the time of “Keep The Faith” they were eclipsed by Guns N Roses, and were looking for a more serious sound. They lost the fun, but missed profundity by a wide margin.

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