Earlier this week, my friend Megan programmed a back-to-back block of Bon Jovi into a jukebox: “Wanted Dead or Alive” followed by “Livin’ on a Prayer.” Now, when you’re the only customers at a Wildwood, NJ Pizza Hut, on a Monday night, in the off-season, and you pay to hear Bon Jovi, it’s because you want to rock. Not because you want a recreation of Jon and Richie’s unplugged performance at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards. That magic won’t be recaptured.
Let’s start a list of songs that should never be effed with, even by the original artist. I nominate “Livin’ on a Prayer,” which, as previously stated, should always rock. Unlike the maudlin “Prayer ’94” version below.