By Adam Waldman
On March 27, 1985, Bon Jovi released 7800 Degrees Fahrenheit, the follow-up to the band’s self-titled debut. Many band suffer from a “sophomore jinx” when they release their second album. This is usually attributed to the time constraint that is caused by a need to write between tours, whereas there is virtually no pressure when writing a debut album because the songs are often written before a record contract is even signed.
The criticism on sophomore releases is usually external (journalists and fans), but in the case of Bon Jovi, it came from within. By the time that the band released the most iconic record of their career (Slippery When Wet), they had basically distanced themselves from 7800 Degrees Fahrenheit. With the exception of the occasional playing of “Only Lonely” and “Tokyo Road” in the ‘90s, none of the songs on the album were played live once Slippery When Wet was released.
The title 7800 Degrees Fahrenheit comes from the melting point of rock. From a musical standpoint, it is the only album that features songwriting contributions from four members of the band. The album peaked at #37 on the Billboard 200 chart, and had two singles (“Only Lonely” and “In And Out Of Love”) crack the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
It’s distinctly ‘80s hard rock, and probably appeals to me more for nostalgic reasons than any other, but my personal favorite track from the album is “The Price Of Love.” Give it listen…