With the release of a new single, “This House is Not For Sale”, and a new album coming soon, I had to go back and listen to Bon Jovi all over again. In listening, I started really enjoying the deep album cuts the best as the singles have been so over played over the years.
Despite the shortcomings of their last few albums, I am and will always be a fan. Even with all the crap going on between Jon Bon Jovi & Richie Sambora. Bon Jovi, in my opinion, is not Bon Jovi without Richie Sambora.
Anyway, here are my favorite Non-Single tracks in no particular order:
“Blood on Blood” off New Jersey: If there is one thing Bon Jovi was always great about was telling a great story in the their songs. This one is my favorite. The story of brotherhood & friendship. I have always dreamed about taking this song and turning it into a novel and exploring what would happen if the main character from the song actually did get that “call in the middle of the night”. The video is a live version of the song, but go back and listen to the album version to capture all the emotions.
“Something to Believe In” off These Days: There is so much loss and emptiness in this song. The song is about losing faith and hope and just screaming for something to hold on to and believe in. It is one of the most heartfelt songs I believe they have ever done. I hope it moves you the way it did me. The album came out in 1995 and was probably overlooked by a lot of people but it is one of the best albums they have done.
“My Guitar Lies Bleeding In My Arms” off These Days: The album ‘These Days’ was a much darker album than previous albums and this song is another reflection of that darkness. If you look over the songs on this album, you can definitely hear it and see it in the lyrics.
“Just Older” off Crush: After 5 years between albums, Bon Jovi came screaming back with ‘Crush’ and the hit song “It’s My Life”. However, that wasn’t the only gem on that album. “Just Older” was a great statement that Bon Jovi hadn’t changed, they were just a little older…get it!! Great upbeat and fun song.
“Last Cigarette” off Have A Nice Day: ‘Have a Nice Day’ was the last semi decent album Bon Jovi has done and that was back in 2005. This was my favorite song of the album next to the title track. What I get from the song is that you want to savor the moment as if it was the last. Pretty good message, even if it is talking about a cigarette.
“Wild is the Wind” off New Jersey: Back to another great storybook song from ‘New Jersey’. Bon Jovi in their prime was a force to be reckoned with and with songs like this it was understandable. The song has that typical cowboy feel like a lot of their early songs. I like the restless spirit of the song.
“Let It Rock” off Slippery When Wet: The opening track to one of their best albums. What a rocker this one was and it was great hearing live. The piano opening was David Bryan at this best. Overall great rock song!!
“Always Run To You” off 7800º Fahrenheit: This was Bon Jovi’s second album and the one before Slippery When Wet and their careers took off. There were some great songs off this album and I have 2 of them on the list. “Always Run To You” is the first and I love the rawness to it and how it isn’t overproduced. The album always seemed to have a lower quality to it, but it is what I like about it.
“Tokyo Road” off 7800º Fahrenheit: I love this for the way the song begins. It has an eerie music box playing with a Japanese woman singing what sounds like a nursery rhyme. Really creepy. The song then kicks in and turns into a nice rocking song.
“Love Lies” off Bon Jovi: I guess I will go back one more album to their debut. “Love Lies” was a great ballad and had some nice keyboards in the song. Of course, it had Richie’s fantastic guitar work. With this ballad, you knew that Bon Jovi was going to be the king of the ballads in the years to come.
“Who Would You Die For” off Burning Bridges: After doing one from their debut, I might as well do one off their last album. ‘Burning Bridges’ was a throw away album in Bon Jovi’s eyes as they were just fulfilling contract obligations. I will admit, there was not much great on this album. This song being the rare exception. A lot of feeling in the song asking the question how much do you really love. Is there anyone you would die for?
“Pictures of You” off What About Now: There was not much to like off this album either. This was the standout for me as I like songs that reminisce. It makes me look back at all the good times in my life both currently and in the past. It makes me feel good.
“Love is War” was the B-Side of “Living in Sin” (can get on New Jersey Deluxe Edition): I got this song as the B-Side on the cassette single for “Living in Sin”. I really enjoyed the bygone era of B-Sides, but that will be another post in the not so distant future. I really liked the chorus and the song spoke to me for some strange reason. I was only in my teens so what did I know about Love and it’s struggles.
“Good Guys Don’t Always Wear White” off ‘Cowboy Way Soundtrack’ (can now get on 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can’t Be Wrong): Okay, this one might have been released as a single but it wasn’t off an actual studio album, only a soundtrack. Well that was until they put on their box set. I enjoyed the uptempo and thought it was a great rock song for them.
“Edge of a Broken Heart” off ‘Disorderlies Soundtrack’ (can now get on 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can’t Be Wrong): I worked really hard to find this song as I didn’t want to buy the soundtrack to a movie with the Fat Boys…it was such a bad movie. This song was originally supposed to be on Slippery When Wet but ended up as a single for the movie. Yes, I know it is another single, but these last two weren’t as widely well known. This to me was one of their better ballads they had done.
Well, there you have it. My favorite non-single tracks from Bon Jovi. Let me know what you think and if I left something big off as that is always possible.