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Runaway by Bon Jovi

Album: Bon JoviReleased: 1984Charted:
  • This was the first hit for Bon Jovi. Jon Bon Jovi wrote it in 1982 with early collaborator George Karak, and it was popular in the band's home state of New Jersey. Despite the success of this song, the band continued to struggle. They were a popular live act, but didn't make much money until they released Slippery When Wet two years later.
  • Jon Bon Jovi recorded this with studio musicians because he didn't have a band yet. The song broke nationally and Jon put the band together soon after.
  • This gained popularity when it was included on a compilation album of unsigned acts released by New Jersey radio station WDHA. Long Island radio station WAPP also put it on an annual CD of local bands.
  • Dave "the snake" Sabo played guitar on this. He went on to be the lead guitarist for the band Skid Row.
  • In a 1986 interview with Spin magazine, Jon Bon Jovi had some harsh words for this video. He said: "I hate videos. If you wanted to torture me you'd tie me down and force me to watch our first five videos. Five times you're chump before you learn what you're doing. The first time we'd just made a record and we were all excited and some a--hole decides we're going to make a video for 'Runaway.' So instead of making it about what the song's about, he decides to put a concept to it with his little niece in it. It's the worst piece of s--t I ever saw in my life. There's a girl with like fire coming out of her eyes. They dressed the band. Richie's wearing a jumpsuit and shoes that are three sizes too big. They kept squirting us down with this greasy solution to make it look like we were sweating. We all look like assholes."
  • A live version was used as the B-side of "Lay Your Hands On Me" in 1989.
  • Before performing this in 2003, Jon Bon Jovi introduced it by saying, "If you see this song down at the beach, buy it a drink - it's finally old enough."
  • Session musician Hugh McDonald played bass on this song. He played on Bon Jovi's early albums and replaced Alec John Such as Bon Jovi's bass player in 1994, although he is not considered an official member of the band. >>
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    Lee-Ann - Perth, Australia
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Comments: 7

Um, this song was totally stolen. Bon Jovi is a spoiled hack at the best.Frank - Haverstraw, Ny
George in Benicia: my grandma was the manager of Tia Teresa at the time and a lot of my family worked at the restaurant. I've been told by my mom that my grandma was asked to stay late and feed JBJ and crew and they all ended up partying there and the bar that night, or something to that effect.Brian - Clearlake, Ca
Bon Jovi visited the local radio station WAPP 103.5FM "The Apple" in Lake Success, New York. He spoke directly to the promotion director John Lassman, who accepted the song "Runaway" for inclusion on the station's compilation album of local homegrown talent. Bon Jovi was initially reluctant but eventually gave them the song on which Bon Jovi had used studio musicians to play on the track "Runaway". The studio musicians who helped record "Runaway" – known as The All Star Review – were guitarist Tim Pierce, keyboardist Roy Bittan, drummer Frankie LaRocka, and bassist Hugh McDonald. The song began to get airplay in the New York area, then other sister stations in major markets picked up the song. In March 1983 Bon Jovi called David Bryan, who in turn called bassist Alec John Such (b. Alec John Such, November 14, 1952, Yonkers, New York, USA) ex-Phantom's Opera and an experienced drummer named Tico Torres.Deethewriter - Saint Petersburg, Russia Federation
Bon Jovi did not film "Runaway" in Benicia. In fact, the video they filmed in Benicia, California is, "She Don't Know Me." It was filmed at a popular bar in town known as "The Brewery, which shared an address with the restaurant, "Tia Teresa." Many did not know who the band Bon Jovi was at the time, but the people in town who did know of them, were all down there -- me being one of them and I was fortunate enough to mean Jon and have a drink with him. If you watch the video, there is not an audience filled with people who were added as extras - that info is false. Besides the band and the main girl in the video, there are only a couple other guys in the video. I wouldn't say Benicians love Bon Jovi because of the video, but I would say that Benicians love Bon Jovi because they love their music. Now to correct the info about "Runaway." It was filmed in New York City at a Union Square-area restaurant and at Silvercup Studios in Queens. Hope this clears up any confusion about these two videos.George - Benicia, Ca
How is it possible that you bump Aldo Nova for Dave Sabo? You people ought to be ashamed of yourselves....Steve - Sioux Falls, Sd
One of his most underrated songs IMONishit - Mumbai, --
Bon Jovi made the video in a small California town called Benicia. The video was filmed in a bar that no longer exists. The audience was filled with people from town who were added as extras. There is a guy named Michael Jordan in the crowd. Benicia loves Bon Jovi because of the video.Con Queso - Las Vegas, Nv
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