Ah, here we are: the top spot. The number one stop at our seven day journey of cutting fat of some of the most essential Glam records ever produced. So we talked about Motley Crue and RATT. Dished on Slaughter and even Aerosmith. So now what? What's left? Well, honestly a lot. But I thought it would be fun to pick a massively successful record for the top spot. Sure, it's a little controversial but that always get a discussion moving.
So...the album is Slippery When Wet and the dud track is "Wild in the Streets."
Slippery When Wet is one of the best selling albums of all time, let alone a big time player in the Glam arena. The singles from Slippery are iconic to the entire Glam 80s: "Livin' on a Prayer," "Wanted Dead or Alive" and "You Give Love a Bad Name" are some of my favorite songs ever. Of course, every song on an album can't be a "10." I mean, that rarely happens, right? There's usually a weak section of an album and I'd argue that's what happened on Slippery. Sure, most of the album's 10 tracks are good but the second half (or side-B for you old school vinyl lovers) is a little weaker than the A-side. It's unfortunate such a rocking album had to end with "Wild in the Streets" because I think the tune is just too weak for Slippery. Sure, it's slick (slippery even, ha!) and highly produced but it's also massively cheesy and the lyrics just don't match the rest of the record. Maybe it's just a little too much of a rehash for me because all the song's themes had already been covered on Slippery to that point and the guitar solo ain't great either.
So there you go. I'm sure you'll crucify me for this choice but it had to be done. Bon Jovi is a great, great band but they make mistakes too and "Wild in the Streets" is one of them I'm afraid.
Slippery When Wet track listing:
Let It Rock
You Give Love A Bad Name
Livin' On A Prayer
Wanted Dead Or Alive
Raise Your Hands
I'd Die For You
Never Say Goodbye
Wild In The Streets
Agree? Disagree? Thoughts?