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August 18, 1986: Bon Jovi Release 'Slippery When Wet'

Every great band has a landmark album that seems to put them straight on a jet bound for rock n’ roll glory. Slippery When Wet was all that and more for Bon Jovi, which was released 29 years ago today.

This album was also a monumental shift for the band. The first two albums, Bon Jovi and 7800° Fahrenheit, were heavier and didn’t exactly make a splash like the guys had hoped for. With Slippery When Wet, they decided to go in a more mainstream direction.

…And that “mainstream direction” came via the basement of Richie Sambora’s mother.

“We had no money…We were living at our mom and dad’s, and wrote most of the songs for Slippery When Wet in my mom’s basement,” said Sambora to VH1, which goes on to prove that some of the coolest things ever happen in basements.

The album’s three lead singles (“You Give Love a Bad Name,” “Livin’ on a Prayer” and “Wanted Dead or Alive”) were monster hits, with “…Bad Name” and “…Prayer” both hitting number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.  Each of these songs have become mainstays on classic rock radio, as well as Bon Jovi’s set lists on tour.

It’s hard to believe that this iconic album is 28 years old.  I guess it goes to show that some of the best things really do get better with age.