Bad Medicine – Bon Jovi

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………on November 19th of 1988 “Bad Medicine” by Bon Jovi occupies the #1 spot on Billboard. This song  was the third #1 that Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora wrote with Desmond Child. The trio also penned “You Give Love A Bad Name” and “Livin’ On A Prayer.” In the ’70s, Child was a modestly successful performer with a group called Desmond Child & Rouge. In 1979, he teamed up with Paul Stanley and came up with the hit I Was Made For Lovin’ You for Kiss, which put him on the radar as a Rock band hitmaker. His next gig was with Bon Jovi, and it was a lasting relationship, which Child putting his touch on the hooks and choruses to some of the band’s most memorable songs. This song was released as the lead single from Bon Jovi’s fourth album New Jersey. It was one of the band’s most successful songs, peaking at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, #17 in the UK and #15 in Australia. Before they settled on the name of their home state for the album title, the band considered Sons of Beaches and 68 And I Owe You One, which they declined because they didn’t want to be seen as comedians. For the song’s music video, Bon Jovi wanted to do a live video but for it to be done differently, so 250 fans were given hand held cameras and film and told to shoot the band in concert the way they saw them. The video was groundbreaking at the time for using such a fan-inclusive approach to making a music promo, and captured live shots not often captured by regular video crews.