How to play Bad Boys by Whitesnake
Recorded in 1986 and released on the Whitesnake album know as 1987. I cover all the rhythm guitar parts and look at some of the techniques employed by John Sykes, who originally wrote the song with David Coverdale.
In the spring of 1985, Coverdale and Sykes decamped to the town of Le Rayol in the south of France to start writing material for a new album; according to Coverdale, bassist Neil Murray also helped with some of the arrangements. Two songs that would emerge from these sessions would be two of Whitesnake’s biggest hits: “Still of the Night”, based on an old demo by Coverdale and Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore; and “Is This Love“, originally written for Tina Turner.
Coverdale, Sykes and Murray then moved to Los Angeles, where they rehearsed and started auditioning for drummers, and hired Aynsley Dunbar. With their line-up complete, Whitesnake headed up to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to lay plans for the new record. One of the first issues the band faced was John Sykes’ desire to achieve a specific guitar sound that he wanted, which he eventually found with the help of Coverdale’s friend and engineer Bob Rock, who had previously worked with Bon Jovi on the multi-platinum album Slippery When Wet.
By this time (late 1986), with the recording process done and the album slated to be released in early 1987, Coverdale made the decision to let the other members of the band go, due to personal differences. But when the album was finally released (now titled Whitesnake in the US and Canada) in April 1987 it reached number 2 on the Billboard 200 chart, spawning two hit singles: “Here I Go Again ’87” (which reached number 1 in the US) and “Is This Love” (which reached number 2 in the US). Both “Here I Go Again” and “Crying in the Rain” had previously been recorded with a different line-up and released on the 1982 LP Saints & Sinners.
For the new line-up of the band, Coverdale enlisted guitarist Adrian Vandenberg (with whom he had already discussed plans), second guitarist Vivian Campbell (ex-Dio) and the rhythm section of the newly defunct M.A.R.S. project, bassist Rudy Sarzo (ex-Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne) and drummer Tommy Aldridge (ex-Black Oak Arkansas, Pat Travers, Gary Moore and Ozzy Osbourne). This line-up toured in support of the album, and all appeared in music videos for “Still of the Night” (which was the most requested video on MTV when it was released), “Is This Love”, “Here I Go Again” and “Give Me All Your Love”.
After Still Of The Night, Bad Boys is my favorite tracks from the album. I hoe you enjoy learning to play this song as much as i enjoy playing it.