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Episode 5: Slippery When Wet

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We are back with a new episode of the Return to the ’80s podcast! After having technical difficulties, and losing a great episode about Ghostbusters (which we will have to revisit), we came back strong with some Slippery When Wet! Bon Jovi has recently released a new album, This House is Not For Sale, which was a #1 selling album. With this year being the 30th anniversary of the iconic ‘Slippery’ album, we decided to Return to 1986, and revisit it. And we are taking a guest with us on this trip – Scott from 80s Mixtape Autoreverse and 80’s Reboot Overdrive. So come check us out, and listen to our take on this classic album.


Opening

– We meet Scott from 80s Mixtape Autoreverse and 80’s Reboot Overdrive.

“Rock & Roll” Hall of Fame Voting

– Journey is in the lead, followed by ELO, Yes, and the Cars
– Vote now at https://www.rockhall.com/vote
– We are non-partial here. Vote for whichever artist you’d like. As long as it’s Journey.

Death of the Week (Non-Fidel Castro Edition)

R.I.P. Florence Henderson (February 14, 1934 – November 24, 2016)

Remember That Song

Last Song: “Let’s Go All the Way” by Sly Fox

Great job Jim (@JimVilk)!!!

Working in a factory eight days a week
Try to make dollar, damn what a beat
Cartoon capers happen in reality
Rich man, poor man, living in fantasy

New Song
Here we stand / Worlds apart, hearts broken in two / Sleepless nights / Losing ground, I’m reaching for you

If you know the answer, email us at returnto80s@gmail.com and put Remember That Song in the subject line to submit your answer.

’80s Trivia

Last Question: Which 2 songs in the U.S., that were sung in German, were #1 and #2 songs.
Answer: “99 Luftbalons” by Nena and “Rock Me Amadeus” by Falco

Again, great job Jim (@JimVilk)!!!

New Question
What color did the ghosts have to be for Pac Man to eat them?

Write in to returnto80s@gmail.com and put Trivia in the subject line to submit your answer.


Main Topic: Slippery When Wet

Side one
1. “Let It Rock

2. “You Give Love a Bad Name

– Original version? Bonnie Tyler – “If You Were a Woman (And I Was a Man)”

3. “Livin’ on a Prayer

4. “Social Disease

5. “Wanted Dead or Alive

Side two
6. “Raise Your Hands

– Also used in Spaceballs

7. “Without Love

8. “I’d Die for You

9. “Never Say Goodbye

10. “Wild in the Streets

Bonus Song
Edge of a Broken Heart


Wrap Up

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Episode 4: Sitcom Theme Songs, Part 1

Welcome to another episode of Return to the ’80s! This episode is the first in a series of television theme songs. Robert and Paul each pick 5 sitcom theme songs, and discuss them. A special thanks goes out to Return to the ’80s team member Sandy from Jersey for putting together these show notes. As usual, if you have any questions or comments about this episode, or anything ’80s, we would love to hear from you! Our next episode will be about Ghostbusters. Let us know if you’ve seen the new Ghostbusters movie. Also, Ghostbusters II gets trashed alot. Are there any fans if that sequel out there to defend this film? You can email us at returnto80s@gmail.com.


Opening

– Talks of Ghostbusters: new one being released on video

Stranger Things

Stranger Things coming out and how it’s a mix of 80s movies.
– Talk of inconsistency of one of the songs in Stranger Things. (Late 80s)
– Talk if how great the kids were in the show.
– Talk of Matthew Modine in Stranger Things.

Bon Jovi

– Bon Jovi coming back out. Spoke about that. Played clip of “This House Is Not For Sale“. Has 1.7 mil hits on YouTube.

80s Reboot Overdrive

– Spoke of Robert being a guest on 80’s Reboot Overdrive podcast. And Paul was talked about on the podcast as well.

Remember That Song

– Remember that Song – Tina Marie got the answer to the question, which was “The Way It Is“, sung by Bruce Hornsby.
– Plays song.
– Robert talks of how he saw him and Huey Lewis and the News in the same month
– Tim Cook also got song right.
– Reads note that Tim wrote.
– Robert gives a new Remember That Song. Can you name the artist and song:

Working in a factory eight days a week
Try to make dollar, damn what a beat
Cartoon capers happen in reality
Rich man, poor man, living in fantasy

Write in to returnto80s@gmail.com and put Remember That Song in the subject line to submit your answer.

Trivia

“Who was the producers original choice to play Alex P. Keaton on Family Ties.?” Answer was Matthew Broderick which was answered by Tina Marie.
– Matthew had to decline role because his father became ill.
– New trivia- Which 2 songs in the U.S., that were sung in German, were #1 and #2 songs.

Write in to returnto80s@gmail.com and put Trivia in the subject line to submit your answer.

Main Topic – Sitcom Theme Songs

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– Paul talks of old intro styles to TV shows and how he misses them, and misses opening credits.
– Covering sitcoms on this podcast, and the other categories will be split up.

Theme songs covered:
ALF (great theme song)
Growing Pains (a personal fave of mine) spoke of the show and how Leo and Matthew Perry were on it and how it was one of Paul’s favorite shows (mine too).
– Charles in Charge – Version 1 and Version 2
Gimme a Break
Head of the Class – Paul talks of when he was in the Navy and Khrystyne Haje and the Pointer Sisters came on his ship during the Gulf War.
Cheers
Fresh Prince of Bel Air
My Two Dads (one of my favorites)
– Talks about Red Oaks – the show that is on Netflix [But Paul remembered after recording this, that it is actually on Amazon).
Night Court (another great show)
Diff’rent Strokes – talks about how a reunion can’t be because a lot of the characters have passed away.

Wrapping Up

– Ending – talks of covering more show tunes and speaks of Blu Ray coming out Tuesday for Ghostbusters.
– And speaks of the soundtracks.
– And rewatching Ghostbusters 2

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Albums of the ’80s: Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet

Today, August 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of this classic ’80s album. There are many more readers now than when I first publihed this, so it will be new for a lot of you. So please check it out, and relive this totally awesome time!


Now, let’s Return to 1986. Up to this point, hair bands were not very mainstream. They were too loud for a lot of people, and the people that listened to hair metal were looked on as bad boys or bad girls. But, that music barrier was shattered with the words “Shot through the heart and you’re to blame. Darlin’, you give love a bad name!” Bon Jovi’s 3rd album, Slippery When Wet was released, and “You Give Love a Bad Name” was the first single released off of that album. All of a sudden, people who had been listening to Culture Club, Lionel Richie and Madonna, were now getting into Bon Jovi. And people who were into hard rock thought Bon Jovi was cool too. As a result, Slippery When Wet spent eight weeks at #1 on The Billboard 200, and was in the top 5 for 38 weeks. “You Give Love A Bad Name” and “Livin’ On A Prayer” reached #1, making Bon Jovi the first hard rock band to ever have two consecutive #1 Billboard Hot 100 chart hits.

With that, let’s go back and listen to Slippery When Wet:

Let It Rock

Great way to start of an album! It gets you pumped right away.

You Give Love a Bad Name

As I already mentioned, this was the first single released from the album. A lot of people probably bought this album as soon as they heard this song. Here’s an interesting fact: At one point, this song was intended for the group Loverboy (“Working for the Weekend”). Bon Jovi and Sambora started out writing it for them, but liked it so much they kept it for themselves. That decision may have changed music history.

Livin’ on a Prayer

This was the second song released from the album. It was the second consecutive single by Bon Jovi to reach #1. This is one of Bon Jovi’s most popular songs of all time.

Social Disease

This is probably my least favorite song on the album, but it is better than a lot of songs that bands release.

Wanted Dead or Alive

This was the third single released from the album, and reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This helped Slippery When Wet become the first hard rock album ever to have 3 top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. One of the most memorable (good) moments in the history of the MTV music awards was when Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora played an acoustic version of this song. This gave MTV the idea to start the channel’s Unplugged series.

Raise Your Hands

Great way to start the second side of the album! It compliments the first song of the the first side, “Let it Rock”. It gets you pumped for side 2.

Without Love

I’d Die for You

Never Say Goodbye

Bon Jovi’s first great ballad. They have had several others since this one. But this started it all. I was in high school, dating a girl when this album was released and this was “our song”. When we went to my Junior Prom, I thought was so cool when I went to the DJ, and requested this song as a dedication. A little while later, you hear the guitar start of the beginning of the song, and I felt all proud as the DJ announced that the song was a special request. But, that pride fizzled out as he spent half the song (or so it seemed) listing all the names of the people that requested the song.

Wild in the Streets

Great rock song, and a great way to end the album. It also makes you look forward to the next album. As it turns out, it gives you good reason to look forward to the next Bon Jovi as New Jersey was not too shabby.

Remember That Song: 7/12/16

Can you name the artist and song:

I love to feel the rain on my face
Taste the rain on my lips
In the moonlight shadow


Last Song: “In and Out of Love” by Bon Jovi from 7800° Fahrenheit (1985) in honor of Richie Sambora who turned 57 yesterday.

Great job Robert (@mishouenglish) and Frida (@carrjam94)!!!

Young and wired
Set to explode in the heat
You won’t tire
‘Cause Baby, you were born with the beat

Remember That Song: 3/3/16

Can you name the artist and song:

Rip it up
Move down
Rip it up
Move it down to the ground


Last Song: “You Give Love a Bad Name” by Bon Jovi from Slippery When Wet (1986)

Great job Robert (@mishouenglish), Jim (@JimVilk), and Andy (@andytorah)!!!

Chains of love got a hold on me
When passion’s a prison, you can’t break free

Deep Tracks: Bon Jovi – Love Ain’t Nothing but a 4-Letter Word/Only in My Dreams

Love Ain’t Nothing but a 4-Letter Word

Here is a song that is a bit different for a band comprised of all males. The song is told from a female perspective – and things are not going well. She has bought into a life that she was supposed to have and now realizes it is not for her. Simply put, she is leaving:

She was waiting alone at the station
Praying for her train to arrive
Thinking about her destination
The tattered bag all she had in her life
She turned her back on her family
She turned her back on her friends
She turned her back on a married man
When she took off that wedding band

Why would someone do this? She has given up her life for so long that she cannot do it any longer. There is something to live for and that is herself. She needs to escape what has been created for her and create the life she wants. As the title suggests, ‘love’ is a bad word and in the context of this song, it is. She has been fooled by love – fooled into giving up her dreams and the place she wanted to go. Now she is going: “Giving up, nothing’s changed but the score / Had enough, every night love turns to war / Give it up, gave it all and wanted more / It ain’t worth dying for.”


Bonus: Only in My Dreams (Tico Torres lead vocals)

Here is something else, like the accordion in “Miss Fourth of July”, that you did not expect: drummer Tico Torres on lead vocals! Since this is a bonus song and you have five others from the box set, I am not going to say too much about it. The vocals are pretty good and exactly what you would expect Torres to sound like. Sit back and enjoy!


At first glance some box sets seem to be a way for a band to make a few extra bucks. They are typical an anthology of older songs, a few outtakes ot live version, and a couple of unreleased songs. 100,000,000 Million Fans Can’t Be Wrong is a great box set full of songs that should have been on earlier albums, but decisions have to be made. Sure, there are a few tracks that are not great and could be considered “throw aways”, but the majority of these songs offer more insight to the true talents of the band.

Deep Tracks: Bon Jovi – Good Guys Don’t Always Wear White

Good Guys Don’t Always Wear White

We live in a strange society. We are told to be ourselves and voice our opinions, yet when we do we are sometimes labeled as weird or wrong. I think artists are unique because they do not fit the regular mold and because of this they sometimes seems to have a chip on their shoulder. This song has that chip. We can only be called “different” or “wrong” so many times before we rebel. This rebellion happens in this song, “You judge a man who don’t stand in line / Just because he ain’t on your side / You know the man who wears those shoes / If you cut me, don’t I bleed like you?” I am not sure if the band has read William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, but that last line is an expression that comes right from that play when the Jewish character Shylock says, “If you prick us, do we not bleed?” In essence, this song is questioning the common practice of judging those around us by appearance only. We do not really know someone until we spend time with a them and learn what they think, believe, and how they act. Bon Jovi is just echoing a common lesson that surface in countless literary works: we really do not know a man until we walk a mile in his shoes. Let people think, believe, and act on their conscious – sometimes the good guys can wear black, so dig below the surface of superficiality and give others the freedom to think and believe as they wish.

Deep Tracks: Bon Jovi – Miss Fourth of July

Miss Fourth of July

Yes, that is an accordion that David Bryan is playing. This may not sound like a typical instrument for a rock band, but this song is great. It is a soulful lamentation on the past and how, as things change, we are forced to realize that much of what we used to see or believe is nothing but an illusion. Despite that traditional accordion sound that fits this dirge perfectly, it does have an excellent solo by Sambora and strong drum work by Tico Torres. The speaker is older and is struggling to come to terms with the past. His love, Miss Fourth of July, has not turned out to be what he expected. Her name suggests a beauty queen but the illusion of love and beauty are destroyed, “So we wave goodbye to Miss Fourth of July / The queen of the roses has left us with nothing but thorns / Don’t say we never tried, Miss Fourth of July / The stars that we reached for has left us with nothing but dawn.” We are all idealistic in our youth – we believe that life and love will always go as we planned. Eventually the hard reality of life has to set in and we need to confront the past and move on, “I used to live, but now I survive / I used to believe, but now it’s just one day at a time.” Harsh? Yes, but it happens to all of us and we need to learn to live life on our own terms and deal with what it gives us.

Deep Tracks: Bon Jovi – The Radio Saved My Life Tonight

The Radio Saved My Life Tonight

Many Bon Jovi fans are well aware of their rigorous touring schedule in the ‘80s. The band basically toured non stop from the time Slippery When Wet was released all the way through the tour supporting New Jersey. Spending over two consecutive years on the road would take a toll on anyone – notice that there is a significant break in album releases after New Jersey. This song’s genesis is the down time time after New Jersey when the band members were resting and considering their futures. This is a deeply personal song that has clear therapeutic undertones. It sounds like lyricist Jon is thinking about stopping his music career and resting for a good long time. The exhaustion he is feeling is clear:

I’ve got something on my mind
I’m just a little bit depressed
I tried to blame it on the rain
But it was in my heart, I guess
I was feeling like a stranger
As I drove through through my hometown
Past the signs that read the boyhood home
Of a place that’s long gone now

This sounds to me like he is considering quitting and moving on to something else. In my wildest fantasies I dream of being a rock star. I even tell my high school students that no matter how much I like them and love teaching, I would drop it in a second to go on tour and be a rock star. Honestly, I have no idea what that life would be like, but based on “Wanted Dead or Alive” and this song, it has to be a difficult, exhaustive existence. None of us really knows what someone else’s life is actually like – unless you are a high school English teacher, you have very little idea of what I do everyday; just like I have no clue what this band’s life is like on the road. Fortunately for all of us, music is the thing that saves him, “The radio saved my life tonight / Old song that DJ played made me feel alright / I made it home by my dashboard light.” Lucky for all of us the band kept pushing on and continue to make great music.

Deep Tracks: Bon Jovi -Edge of a Broken Heart


Hi Everybody! Robert is back for another week of Deep Tracks from Bon Jovi. All of these are from the box set 100,000,000 Million Fans Can’t Be Wrong. I graduated high school in 1988, then went in the Navy. By the time I started going to college, the ’90s were in full swing. This meant that my favorite bands were releasing new albums less and less frequently, if at all. So, whenever one of my bands released a box set, I was all over it! I have Chicago’s Group Portrait, which featured 4 discs worth of the pre-David Foster produced era. Then my head nearly exploded when I found out Journey was releasing a box set of their own. I bought Time3 the day it came out. Journey had been broken up at that time, and that box set had some never released songs on it. So, I was thrilled. And then Bon Jovi released the box set 100,000,000 Million Fans Can’t Be Wrong. Although I was skeptical, I bought it as soon as it was released. I was skeptical because it didn’t have any of the band’s big hits. It featured some rare or never released tracks, and some demos. Looking back, I think this approach makes a lot of sense. I already owned all of Bon Jovi’s albums, so why would I spend more money on music I already had? While I still prefer all of their older stuff, I love this box set. And today, Robert is covering my favorite song from the entire set. So let’s get into it!


I told you I would be back with more Bon Jovi this week! I hope you enjoyed last week’s deep tracks and heard (or were reminded of) a few great Bon Jovi songs that you were somewhat unfamiliar with. I am going to continue with some of their deep tracks by taking a quick look at a collection of songs that did not make the cut from some of their albums, or were on soundtracks, or even B sides to some of their popular singles. These songs can be found collected in a 2004 Bon Jovi release; a four CD and one DVD box set entitled 100,000,000 Million Fans Can’t Be Wrong.

This box set is full a great songs that, at the time, were judged not good enough to make the final album selection. Some of them were near misses and cut at the last minute, other were left overs that were given to a film soundtrack, and others still are demos or experimental songs that never surfaced before this box set. There is also a cool booklet included that answers questions about the box set and includes hundreds of comments from fans who were asked to submit thoughts about the band while the box set was being put together.

As you listen to these five songs this week, remember that these are the “not good enough” songs. I think you will be surprised because these are truly great songs that, in some cases, you will feel should have been included on the original album. Some of the songs on 100,000,000 Million Fans Can’t Be Wrong do reach beyond the ‘80s, but so does the band. I really think you are going to like these songs.

Edge of a Broken Heart

Listen close. Does this song sound like something from Slippery When Wet? If you think it does, then you are right. This is one of the final tracks cut from that mega successful album. There are even some stories that it was replaced with “Living on a Prayer.” This song has no connection to Vixen’s song with the same title. This is probably my favorite song from the box set. It has a vintage Sambora sound on the guitar and lyrics that fit the Slippery When Wet era. As the title suggests, a relationship is now at a point where it is falling apart. The point of view is the man’s and I cannot help but feel terrible for him: “There I stood, just like a soldier / I was though, until I saw her / I said “Hello”, but she just turned away.” The source of the impending break up becomes apparent in the next line, “Hey Romeo, what you doing with my girl / Who are you using now? / Well, I just turned and walk away.” Despite things coming to an end, he is still hoping she will reconsider and, “I’m the one who needs you / Now you can believe it / I’ll be there to catch you when you fall.” I believe that he knows it is over and that he has lost, but he can never really give up hope. The band did give this song to the soundtrack of Disorderlies – remember the Fat Boys? That film was not a huge success and the soundtrack did not sell real well, so I think it is an excellent way to begin my look at this box set.