Bon Jovi (album)

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Bon Jovi
Studio album by Bon Jovi
Released January 21, 1984 (US)
March 1984 (UK)
Recorded September 1982 - June 1983 at Power Station, New York City
Genre Glam metal, hard rock, heavy metal
Length 38:33
Label Mercury (US)
Vertigo (Europe)
Producer Tony Bongiovi, Lance Quinn
Bon Jovi chronology
- Bon Jovi
(1984)
7800° Fahrenheit
(1985)
Singles from 'Bon Jovi'
  1. "Runaway"
    Released: 21 November 1983
  2. "She Don't Know Me"
    Released: 22 May 1984
  3. "Burning for Love"
    Released: 17 October 1984

Bon Jovi is the debut album of American rock band Bon Jovi, released on January 21, 1984. Produced by Tony Bongiovi and Lance Quinn, it is significant for being the only Bon Jovi album on which a song ("She Don't Know Me") appears that was not written nor co-written by members of the band. The album charted at #43 on The Billboard 200.[1]

Aside from hit single "Runaway", songs from the album were rarely performed live after the band released their breakthrough album Slippery When Wet in 1986. However, on the band's 2010 Circle Tour, songs including "Roulette", "Shot Through The Heart" and "Get Ready" were performed.

The album was ranked the 11th best rock album of 1984 by Kerrang! magazine.[2]

Recording and production[edit]

In 1980, Jon Bon Jovi started to work at Power Station Studios, a Manhattan recording facility where his cousin, Tony Bongiovi, was a co-owner. Jon made several demos and sent them out to many record companies, but failed to make an impact.

In 1982, Jon went to local radio station WAPP 103.5FM "The Apple". DJ Chip Hobart listened to Jon's demos and loved "Runaway", deciding to include it on the station's compilation album of local homegrown talent. The studio musicians who helped record "Runaway" were known as The All Star Review. They were: guitarist Tim Pierce, keyboardist Roy Bittan, drummer Frankie LaRocka, bassist Hugh McDonald, and additional singers David Grahmme and Mick Seeley (supposedly, Seeley also composed the distinctive keyboard riff that opens the song). McDonald would later replace Alec John Such as Bon Jovi's bassist.

The song began to get airplay around New York. Jon signed to Mercury Records, part of the PolyGram company. He wanted a group name and the A&R staff at PolyGram came up with Bon Jovi.

In March 1983 Bon Jovi called David Bryan (then Rashbaum), who in turn called bassist Alec John Such and an experienced drummer named Tico Torres. At that time Bon Jovi's lead guitarist was Dave Sabo (a.k.a. The Snake), who later formed the group Skid Row. Dave Sabo was eventually replaced by Richie Sambora.

The band recorded the album (originally titled "Tough Talk" but renamed it after the record company decided it was wiser to issue the album as a self-titled release) at Power Station Studios. It was produced by Tony Bongiovi and Lance Quinn. Most of the songs are written by Jon Bon Jovi, Bryan and Sambora. "Burning for Love" and "Come Back" were the very first songs written for the album. Three singles were released from the album: "Runaway", "She Don't Know Me" and in Japan only, "Burning for Love".

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars[4]

Allmusic rated Bon Jovi three-and-a-half out of five stars. Leslie Mathew, who reviewed the album, said: "The songs may be simple and the writing prone to all clichés of the form, but the album boasts a pretty consistent hard rock attack, passionate playing, and a keen sense of melody."[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Runaway"   Jon Bon Jovi, George Karak 3:50
2. "Roulette"   Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora 4:41
3. "She Don't Know Me"   Mark Avsec 4:02
4. "Shot Through the Heart"   Bon Jovi, Jack Ponti 4:25
5. "Love Lies"   Bon Jovi, David Rashbaum 4:09
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Breakout"   Bon Jovi, Rashbaum 5:23
2. "Burning for Love"   Bon Jovi, Sambora 3:53
3. "Come Back"   Bon Jovi, Sambora 3:58
4. "Get Ready"   Bon Jovi, Sambora 4:08

Personnel[edit]

Bon Jovi[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Engineers[edit]

  • Larry Alexander
  • Jeff Hendrickson
  • John Bengelshmy

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1983 "Runaway" Billboard Hot 100 39
1984 "She Don't Know Me" Billboard Hot 100 48

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Allmusic (Bon Jovi charts & awards) Billboard albums". 
  2. ^ "Rock List Music.uk". 
  3. ^ a b Bon Jovi (album) at AllMusic
  4. ^ Rolling Stone Album Guide
  5. ^ Australian Recording Industry Association (ed.). "The ARIA Report - Week Commencing ~ 28th January 2008 ~ Issue #935" (PDF). p. 5. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  6. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. 
  7. ^ "New Zealand Charts - Bon Jovi - Bon Jovi (album)". Charts.org.nz. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  8. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  9. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Bon Jovi by Bon Jovi Search". The Official Charts Company. May 6, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Bon Jovi Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  11. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. "1984 Billboard Year-End". Billboard. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Bon Jovi – Bon Jovi". Music Canada. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Bon Jovi; 'Bon Jovi')". Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "British album certifications – Bon Jovi – Bon Jovi". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved September 4, 2013.  Enter Bon Jovi in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  15. ^ "American album certifications – Bon Jovi – Bon Jovi". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 20 July 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH