The MTV era of music was by far the best and gave us thousands of great (and not so great) music videos to accompany our favorite songs on the radio. As a fun way to rediscover these weird, ground-breaking, sexy, epic, and just plain fun visual masterpieces, I'll be offering my very own Bodacious Breakdowns which will include stills from the video and my off-beat commentary. The featured video will either be selected at random or suggested by you!
Bon Jovi "Livin' On A Prayer"
Album: Slippery When Wet
Peak Position on U.S. Billboard Pop Chart: #1 (4 weeks)
30 years ago this week, Bon Jovi's single "Livin' on a Prayer" ended a 4-week run atop the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart. It be would the 10th most popular track of 1987 and push their album Slippery When Wet as the highest selling album of the year.
The music video is actually quite bland compared to most from the MTV era (or even the rejected SWW album cover), but that hasn't stopped over 300 million people from viewing it on YouTube. The behind-the-scenes look at the band's rehearsal was filmed at the Grand Olympic Auditorium in LA and was directed by Wayne Isham, who has filmed music videos for over 30 years. In 1991, Bon Jovi alongside Isham won the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for lifetime achievement in music videos.
Let's rediscover the music video and then scroll down for my bodacious breakdown...