Crush. Does anyone know that It’s My Life came from this album. You can say this was Bon Jovi’s renaissance. After delivering a terrible album in These Days and a worse solo album in Destination Anywhere, Jon Bon Jovi needed to go back to Rock N Roll. Luke Ebbin was on board to produce the album. It was to be his first major production credit and what a good job he did with it. It’s My Life was a monster. So whatever came after it, wasn’t going to matter. Call it the curse of the Number 1 effect. Crush was a great album. However, it was the B-sides that came with the CD-singles that were the standouts.
Next 100 Years was written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. It has that Beatles Hey Jude ending and then from about 4.25 it just goes into overdrive. It’s got that Seventies vibe, that abandonment. Hell the song even goes up to 6.19 which strays very far from the pop formula that Bon Jovi is renowned for. Sambora wails on the guitar. This is the year 2000, Nu Metal is ruling the scene and guitar solos are non-existent. Trying telling that to Richie. He must have missed the memo. If there is one thing I can say about Richie, he stayed true to himself as an artist. He didn’t follow the grunge trend or the industrial electronic trend Jon followed on Destination Anywhere. He just remained the same. His second solo album, Undiscovered Soul was a real standout in 1998. I even watched him perform, 5 minutes from my house, at the Shellharbour Workers Club. Now that was an unexpected surprise.
When you don’t believe in anything
That is life. When I don’t believe someone else i know believes in something better and vice versa. The Yin and the Yang.
I Could Make A Living Out Of Lovin’ You was written by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Billy Falcon. If you like AC/DC, if you like rock n roll, this is the song for you. It’s the a quality AC/DC song not written by the Young Brothers. This song was on the Australian deluxe version as a bonus track. To me, it is one of the best rock songs Bon Jovi has written. It’s got that Bon Scott tongue in cheek attitude in the lyrics. It is the guys having fun. Yes FUN. That is what it is supposed to be about. Having FUN.
If there’s something that needs fixing
I’m the man to see
Look me up, I’m listed
Just check under “B”
If you’re ever on the spot
Well, I’m good with my hands
24-7 I’m your handyman
Until the work is finished
Well, I don’t get paid
I don’t mind getting dirty
That’s my middle name
I’m in the service business
So I understand
Call me 24-7, I’m your handyman
Aint No Cure For Love is the best ZZ Top song not written by ZZ Top. How this song has not ended up as a Bon Jovi classic is a tragedy. It’s the guys having fun again. It’s written by Richie Supa, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. Supa is known for his contributions to Aerosmith, plus Sambora used him for a lot of the Undiscovered Soul songs. This is Classic Rock revisited in the YEAR 2000. It deserves more attention. It show a different side of Bon Jovi.
Cupid was a blind man
He must have missed his mark
Shot an arrow in the air and hit me in the heart
I went to see Saint Valentine
Said whats come over me?
Daddy must have missed the chapter about the birds and bees
You can be the King of diamonds
You can cash in all your gold
You could hire Johnnie Cochran
It’s too late to save your soul
NEXT 100 YEARS – YouTube
I COULD MAKE A LIVING OUT OF LOVIN’ YOU – YouTube
AIN’T NO CURE FOR LOVE – YouTube