It’s no secret that Bon Jovi had a tough go following up their self-titled debut album with Jon Bon Jovi even saying of ‘7800° Fahrenheit,’ “I always overlook the second album. Always have, always will.” Despite this, “In and Out of Love” is still a really great rock song and is another example of Tico Torres really being a damn good drummer.

New Jersey has long been a hotbed for music, and during the ’80s bands from the Garden State were getting snatched up by record labels left and right. The cool vibe of NJ and the Shore was often reflected in the music and the accompanying videos.

Here are five terrific videos from the ’80s that show off our terrific music scene at the time.

  • Glen Burtnick - Follow You

    A Jersey Shore legend, Glen Burtnick got his start in La Bamba and the Hubcaps before launching a solo career. His debut album on A&M Records was Talking in Code, followed by the slick Heroes and Zeros. The first single, “Follow You,” was a staple around these parts.

  • John Eddie - Jungle Boy

    John Eddie was a regular at the Stone Pony, and his self titled debut spawned a hit that everyone in the bars and clubs around here were already very familiar with. John could always count on a loud, drunken “Hey!” from the crowd when he ripped into “Jungle Boy.”


  • The Smithereens - Blood and Roses

    The pride of Carteret and now in the New Jersey Hall of Fame, The Smithereens debut album Especially for You was a terrific representative of that Jersey rock sound. RIP Pat DiNizio.


  • Bon Jovi - In and Out of Love

    Big hair, rock music, the Seaside Heights boardwalk, and Bon Jovi – I mean come on! It doesn’t get more Jersey than this.





  • Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel of Love

    Shot over two days at Palace Amusements in Asbury Park in November of 1987, “Tunnel of Love” perfectly captures that Jersey vibe. Tunnel of Love the album was incredibly personal for Bruce, and a bit heartbreaking as you listen in the context of his first marriage ending around that time. Three other videos from the album were all shot around the Shore, and again they reflect a certain New Jersey aesthetic.



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