7800° Fahrenheit

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7800° Fahrenheit
Bon Jovi 7800 Fahrenheit.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 27, 1985
RecordedJanuary-March 1985
StudioThe Warehouse (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Genre
Length47:10
Label
ProducerLance Quinn
Bon Jovi chronology
Bon Jovi
(1984)
7800° Fahrenheit
(1985)
Slippery When Wet
(1986)
Singles from 7800° Fahrenheit
  1. "Only Lonely"
    Released: April 1985
  2. "In and Out of Love"
    Released: July 1985
  3. "The Hardest Part Is the Night (UK)"
    Released: August 21, 1985
  4. "Silent Night"
    Released: October 22, 1985
  5. "The Price of Love (Japan)"
    Released: 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars [2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide1.5/5 stars [3]

7800° Fahrenheit is the second studio album by American rock band Bon Jovi. It was released on March 27, 1985, through Mercury Records. The album's title was a reference to the supposed melting point of rock, equivalent to 4313° Celsius; as the Fahrenheit scale is mainly used only in the United States, 7800° Fahrenheit thus suggested "American hot rock."[4]

The album introduced the classic 1980s Bon Jovi logo that would later be used on Slippery When Wet and New Jersey.

7800° Fahrenheit reached #37 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and was the band's first album to be certified gold in the US. It remained charted for 85 weeks and was certified platinum on February 19, 1987.[5] The singles "Only Lonely" and "In and Out of Love" both charted on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background[edit]

Recorded in six weeks between January and March 1985, at the Warehouse Studios in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the album marked the final collaboration between Bon Jovi and producer Lance Quinn. It is the only Bon Jovi album to feature songwriting by four of the band members; "Secret Dreams" is the only Bon Jovi song to date for which drummer Tico Torres receives a writing credit.

Despite being a fan favorite, the band was unsatisfied with the sound of the album and essentially disowned it once they had solidified their status as worldwide superstars with Slippery When Wet and New Jersey. It is the least represented album in their setlists over the course of the career: nothing from 7800° Fahrenheit was performed after the New Jersey Syndicate Tour, but a few performances of “Tokyo Road” in Japan during the 1990s, a few performances of “Only Lonely” during The Circle Tour in 2010, and one performance of “Tokyo Road” in Hawaii, also during The Circle Tour.

"I always overlook the second album," noted Jon Bon Jovi in 2007. "Always have, always will. We had no time to make it and we didn't know who we were… We did whatever producer Lance Quinn said. He was a brilliant guitarist and had made records with Talking Heads, so you listened."[6]

"All of us were going through tough times on a personal level," he explained at the time of Slippery When Wet's release. "And the strain told on the music we produced. It wasn't a pleasant experience… Lance Quinn wasn't the man for us, and that added to the feeling that we were going about it badly. None of us want to live in that mental state ever again. We've put the record behind us, and moved on."[7]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."In and Out of Love"Jon Bon Jovi4:25
2."The Price of Love"Bon Jovi4:14
3."Only Lonely"Bon Jovi, David Bryan4:58
4."King of the Mountain"Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora3:54
5."Silent Night"Bon Jovi5:07
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."Tokyo Road"Bon Jovi, Sambora5:40
7."The Hardest Part Is the Night"Bon Jovi, Sambora, Bryan4:25
8."Always Run to You"Bon Jovi, Sambora5:00
9."To the Fire"Bon Jovi, Sambora, Bryan4:27
10."Secret Dreams"Bon Jovi, Sambora, Tico Torres, Bill Grabowski4:56
  • Some editions of the album list "To the Fire" as "(I Don't Wanna Fall) to the Fire"

Personnel[edit]

Bon Jovi
Additional credits

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[16] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[17] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[18] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "7800° Fahrenheit". AllMusic.
  2. ^ 7800° Fahrenheit. Bon Jovi. Allmusic.com. Johnny Loftus.
  3. ^ "Bon Jovi: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-06-26.
  4. ^ "Bon Jovi: Records and retrospection". Hot Metal Online. Retrieved 2017-01-06.
  5. ^ "AllMusic (Bon Jovi charts & awards) Billboard albums".
  6. ^ Blake, Mark (August 2007). "My brilliant career: Jon Bon Jovi". Q #253. p. 68.
  7. ^ Dome, Malcolm (July 2006). "We'll make it, I swear…". Classic Rock #94. p. 43.
  8. ^ "The ARIA Report - Week Commencing ~ 28th January 2008 ~ Issue #935" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association / Pandora.nla.gov.au. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
  9. ^ "Album - Bon Jovi, 7800° Fahrenheit" (in German). Charts.de. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
  10. ^ "Yamachan Land – Japanese Chart Archives > Bon Jovi". Archived from the original on February 8, 2012. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
  11. ^ "New Zealand Charts - Bon Jovi - 7800 Fahreheit (album)". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
  12. ^ "Swedish Charts - Bon Jovi - 7800 Fahreheit (album)". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
  13. ^ "Swiss Charts - Bon Jovi - 7800 Fahreheit (album)". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
  14. ^ "The Official Charts Company - 7800 Fahrenheit by Bon Jovi Search". The Official Charts Company. 6 May 2013.
  15. ^ "Bon Jovi Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard.com. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
  16. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Bon Jovi – 7800° Fahrenheit". Music Canada. Retrieved July 3, 2012.
  17. ^ "British album certifications – Bon Jovi – 7800° Fahrenheit". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved September 4, 2012. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type 7800° Fahrenheit in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  18. ^ "American album certifications – Bon Jovi – 7800 Degree Fahrenheit". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 3, 2012. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.