“It was going to be called Wanted Dead Or Alive. We went up into this remote place in the mountains outside of Vancouver called Whistler. We were shooting in this cave in this Western garb. It looked a little bit put on, and we were kind of unhappy with it. As we were driving back to the Number Five - our favorite strip club in Vancouver - our manager Doc McGhee saw this sign on the road, ‘Slippery When Wet’. He said something about it, but we were hemming and hawing. Then we went to this club and saw this gorgeous blonde go into the shower and soap herself up. We looked at each other and went, ‘Slippery When Wet. That’s going to be it’.
The problem then became, what’s the album cover going to be like? We shot this one beautiful girl with large breasts and a thing that said “Slippery When Wet.” The censors didn’t let it happen. So it was getting to the last minute and Jon and I were together in this room. The Slippery When Wet album cover is actually a Hefty trash can bag with water sprayed on it. We held it on both sides and Jon wrote ‘Slippery When Wet’.”
-Richie Sambora to VH1