Tonight (March 1) on the famous classic album at midnight on Radio Nova we play Bon Jovi’s New Jersey.

The album is presented in its entirety without advertising or interruption.

Formed in New Jersey in 1983, Bon Jovi were a popular live band in their home country before being discovered by Mercury Records. Their 1984 self-titled debut album produced a Top 40 hit single in Runaway and saw them land supporting spots for Scorpions and KISS. Their second album, 1985’s 7800° Fahrenheit, was a moderate success but failed to find the band the success they dreamed of.

Bon Jovi’s fortunes would improve with the hiring of songwriter Desmond Child. Thanks to radio-friendly tracks like You Give Love a Bad Name and Livin’ On a Prayer, their third album, 1986’s Slippery When Wet, made Bon Jovi an overnight sensation, topping the album charts. Americans for eight weeks and becoming the best of the year. sales album.

The chart success of Slippery When Wet saw Bon Jovi embark on a tour that would earn them over $28 million. As soon as the tour was over, the band regrouped at Little Mountain Sound studios in Vancouver, Canada, to record their fourth album, New Jersey.

Bon Jovie wanted New Jersey to be a double album, but Mercury Records ruled it out, fearing the higher price tag would put fans off.

By the time they entered the studio, Bon Jovi had the 17-track skeletons, but they felt they lacked anything that stood out like the hit singles from their previous album. “There was a real fear of no longer being able to write You Give Love A Bad Name,“, said frontman Jon Bon Jovi of their predicament. Reuniting with Child, the band found two potential hits in Bad Medicine and Born to Be My Baby. The latter began life as an acoustic number, but at the request of producer Bruce Fairbairn, it was reworked into a glam metal anthem.

The anthemic, stadium rock sound of Slippery When Wet continues, but New Jersey also sees the band experimenting with atmospheric intros and the addition of flamenco guitars, harmonicas, cellos and organs. Lyrically, the album sees the band pay homage to their working-class roots in the post-industrial state that gives the album its title.

In its original version, New Jersey offers 12 tracks: Lay Your Hands on Me; Wrong medicine; Born to be my baby; Living in sin; Blood on blood; Train home; Wild is the wind; Ride Cowboy Ride; Hold on to your guns; I’ll be there for you; 99 to Shadow; and love to sell.

Released on September 19, 1988, New Jersey continues Bon Jovi’s meteoric rise. It debuted at number one in the UK and after debuting at number eight in the US, it spent four weeks at number one, selling over seven million copies. Bad Medicine and I’ll Be There for You both topped the US singles chart, while Born to Be My Baby, Lay Your Hands on Me and Living in Sin all topped the Top 10 hits chart. New Jersey made history by becoming the first American album to receive a release in the USSR.

New Jersey is considered a key album in the Glam Metal movement of the 80s. Put on your double denim and tune into Radio Nova at midnight to hear it in full.