Jon Bon Jovi Says All Of Their Music Videos Stink Until The Third Record
Jon Bon Jovi opened up about Bon Jovi’s first two albums and their music videos by defining them as pretty bad during his recent interview with SiriusXM. Also, Jovi emphasized that their third album’s music videos were groundbreaking for the band, especially two of them.
As you may know, Bon Jovi released its self-titled debut studio album on January 21, 1984, which was described as one of the best rock albums of all time. The success was followed by ‘7800° Fahrenheit,’ referring to the melting point of rock, which was released on March 27, 1985. These two albums proved that Bon Jovi would be one of the world’s most popular and influential rock bands.
Even though the songs’ music videos also drew significant attention and became popular, Jon Bon Jovi thinks otherwise. According to the frontman, all the videos they shot were ‘all pretty bad’ until their ‘Slippery When Wet’ album. Jovi stated that the band started building a reputation as a very successful live band, but they had to show more to their fans, and the third record was a great opportunity.
In his latest interview, Jon Bon Jovi revealed that his band members realized that the album’s tracks ‘You Give Love a Bad Name’ and ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ had great potential, and they decided to shoot their music videos in the Olympic Auditorium. In the music videos, the band pretended that they were performing live concerts, and the lead singer thinks that ‘You Give Love a Bad Name’ and ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ were more memorable than the others as they reflected their great passion and harmony.
Jon Bon Jovi stated in his interview:
“What I recall about those videos, especially ‘You Give Love a Bad Name’ and ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ both done in the Olympic Auditorium. We built a stage to give the world the impression that we were headliners when in truth, we were not. We had built a reputation on being a pretty good live band, and so if anything, we were like, ‘Okay, we’ve made a lot of videos, and they all stink.’
Truthfully they were all pretty bad by the third record. We’re all frustrated with making videos at all, and we knew that we had a special record, so what you guys captured was what we were all about as a band and what we were all about live. That magic obviously transcended onto the television screen, which only enhanced our live performances.”
You can watch the interview and music videos below.