BON JOVI: Living On A Prayer + Wild in the streets [U.K edition single VER 28] 7″ Check video.
Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
Catalog#: VER 28
Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM, Single
Style: Pop Rock
A Livin’ On A Prayer
Written-By – D. Child* , R. Sambora*
B Wild In The Streets
Bass – Alec John Such
Drums – Tico Torres
Guitar [Guitars] – Richie Sambora
Keyboards – Dave Bryan*
Lead Vocals – Jon Bon Jovi
Mixed By, Engineer – Bob Rock
Producer – Bruce Fairbairn
Written-By – J. Bon Jovi*
Barcode: 0 42288 81187 9
Matrix Number (Side A): VER 28 A1
Matrix Number (Side B): VER 28 B2
“Livin’ on a Prayer” is Bon Jovis third single from their Slippery When Wet album. Written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora with Desmond Child, the single, released in late 1986, was well-received at both rock and pop radio and its music video was given heavy rotation at MTV, giving the band their first #1 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The single also became Bon Jovis second consecutive #1 Hot 100 pop hit and has become the bands signature song, topping fan-voted lists and re-charting around the world decades after its release.
Jon Bon Jovi did not like the original recording of this song, which can be found as a hidden track on 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can’t Be Wrong. Richie Sambora convinced him the song was good, and they reworked it with a new bass line, different drum fills and the use of a talk box to include it on their Slippery When Wet album. The songs verse melody closely resembles the verse melody of the song “Venus” by the band Shocking Blue. It spent two weeks at number one on the Mainstream Rock Tracks, from January 31February 14, 1987, and four weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, from February 14March 7. It also hit number four on the UK singles chart.
The song is about a fictional working class couple, Tommy and Gina, who struggle to make ends meet and maintain their relationship. Tommy “used to work on the docks” because “unions been on strike, hes down on his luck”. Gina works at a diner, “workin’ for her man”.
While some have loosely interpreted the lyrics to be anti-labor, inferring that the striking labor union are the catalyst for the troubled chain of events for Tommy and Gina, others have pointed out that the song does not clarify the circumstances behind the strike, and the lone, vague reference does not equate with an anti-union political message. In fact, Jon Bon Jovi explained that he “wrote that song during the Reagan era and the trickle-down economics are really inspirational to writing songs”.
The video for the song features shots of the band rehearsing, then playing in front of a crowd. The first half of the video, featuring the rehearsal footage, is black and white, and the second half of the video, performing to the arena audience, is in color.
In the beginning of the video, Jon Bon Jovi has a harness attached, and later in the music video he soars over the crowd via overhead wires.
The music video was recorded at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles, California and was directed by Wayne Isham.
Chart (1986-) Peak position
Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
UK Rock Chart 1
Sing-a-long Classics List 1
Billboard Hot 100 1
Rock Songs: Top 100 18
U Choose 40 1
Billboard Hot 100 46