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Lost and found on the Fourth: Bon Jovi's 'She Don't Know Me'

In 2006, VH1 proclaimed Livin' On A Prayer was the greatest song of the ‘80s, and while that was a great honor, the award it may deserve is Most Overplayed Song of the ‘80s.  The next time you are in the mood for Bon Jovi, instead of listening to their biggest hits for the thousandth time, take a detour and play the mostly-forgotten She Don't Know Me.

As huge as Bon Jovi was in the 80's and today, it's hard to remember a time when Bon Jovi flew under the radar, but in 1984 they released their debut album and after scraping the Top 40 with Runaway, the boys from New Jersey released She Don't Know Me that only made it to No. 48 on the charts.

Video highlights include a bare-chested Jon Bon Jovi and the pleasant face of Beth Toussaint, who would go on to become a regular on Dallas in the late ‘80s. She Don't Know Me is the only recorded studio song in the Bon Jovi discography that was not written by a member of the band. The song was written by Mark Avsec, who was a member of Donnie Iris' backup band The Cruisers and co-wrote big hits like Ah! Leah! and Love Is Like A Rock. Avsec was also a member of the Cleveland band Breathless that we featured on Lost and Found last year. She Don't Know Me was first recorded by Franke & the Knockouts in 1984 under the title You Don't Want Me. The words were rewritten for Bon Jovi's version and it is curious that drummer Tico Torres recorded this version as member of the Knockouts before joining Bon Jovi. You can click the hyperlink to hear the very different pop version by Franke & the Knockouts. 

It would take relentless touring and one more album (7800 Degree Fahrenheit) before Bon Jovi claimed the ‘80s in 1986 with the Slippery When Wet album.  Bon Jovi is taking a break after ending their 2013 tour to support the What About Now album.

[Last modified: Friday, July 4, 2014 10:09am]


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