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Poison

In a decade fueled by party anthems and power ballads, Poison enjoyed a great amount of popularity, with only Bon Jovi and Def Leppard outselling them. While the group had a long string of pop-metal hits, they soon became just as renowned for their stage show, and continued to be a major attraction long after the '80s came to a close (bringing the commercial downfall of pop-metal with it). Meanwhile, frontman Bret Michaels reinvented himself as a reality TV star in 2007, and his involvement in several TV shows -- particularly Rock of Love, Celebrity Apprentice, and Life as I Know It -- helped maintain the band's popularity in concert.

Formerly known as Paris, Poison was formed in 1984 by Bret Michaels, bassist Bobby Dall, and drummer Rikki Rockett. After leaving their hometown of Harrisburg, PA, and resettling in L.A., the boys began holding auditions for a fourth member. Guitarist C.C. Deville got the gig, famously beating out future Guns N' Roses bandmate Slash in the process. With their lineup intact, Poison embraced a glammy, androgynous image and began playing shows in L.A., becoming masters of self-promotion and D.I.Y. advertising in the process. The hard work won them a contract with Enigma Records in 1986, and they released their first album, Look What the Cat Dragged In, that summer. The record spawned a pair of Top 40 hits, "Talk Dirty to Me" and "I Won't Forget You," and sold over two-million copies within a year of its release.

The band was already quite popular by the end of 1987, but 1988's Open Up & Say...Ahhh! proved to be Poison's commercial breakthrough, due to the massive hits "Fallen Angel," "Nothin' But a Good Time," and "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" (which became the band's first chart-topping single). After a prosperous tour alongside David Lee Roth, the group returned to the studio to record Flesh and Blood in 1990. The album, which included the number three hit "Unskinny Bop" and the number four ballad "Something to Believe In," was another multi-platinum success, but it also signaled the end of Poison's glory days. While touring in support of Flesh and Blood (as documented on the double-disc concert album Swallow This Live), the band began falling apart, and an infamous appearance on MTV showed Deville performing "Talk Dirty to Me" with his guitar unplugged. The band broke into a brawl backstage after the disastrous performance.

Shortly after the release of Swallow This Live, Poison fired Deville due to his increasing addiction to drugs and alcohol. His replacement, 21 year-old Richie Kotzen, made his commercial debut with the band on 1993's Native Tongue. Despite some strong reviews and a hit single, "Stand," the album proved to be a commercial disappointment. Kotzen was fired during the subsequent tour, having reportedly struck up an illicit relationship with Rikki Rockett's fiancé, and solo artist/session guitarist Blues Saraceno became Poison's third guitarist. The band recorded its fifth studio album, Crack a Smile, for an intended release in 1996, but the record was shelved and replaced with the Greatest Hits: 1986-1996 disc instead. Toward the end of that year, Saraceno left and Deville returned to the band, a move that resulted in a successful reunion tour during the summer of 1999. The Crack a Smile sessions were finally released the following spring, followed by Power to the People, which paired five new songs with 12 live tracks from the band's comeback tour. However, another tour was cut short by an accident that left Dall with serious back surgery.

Following Dall's lengthy recovery, the band stepped into the studio and recorded Hollyweird, which was released in the summer of 2002. The following tour was promoted as a nostalgic experience and was funded by VH1, laying the brickwork for a lucrative relationship between the band and the television channel. Deville would later appear in the network's sixth season of The Surreal Life, while Michaels was awarded his own dating show, Rock of Love with Bret Michaels. Hollyweird's reception was lukewarm at best, and Poison spent some time out of the spotlight while Michaels and Rockett released solo albums. They reconvened in 2006, celebrating their 20th anniversary with a nationwide tour and another greatest-hits album. Propelled by Michaels' new status as a reality TV star, The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock debuted inside the Billboard Top 20, a feat the band hadn't accomplished since Native Tongue. The following year brought similar luck, with the band's seventh studio effort -- a covers album titled Poison'd! -- moving over 20,000 units during its first week. ~ Barry Weber & Andrew Leahey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Seven Days Live (Explicit)

2. Something To Believe In (Live)

4. Fallen Angel (Live)

7. Until You Suffer Some (Fire & Ice) (Live)

8. Unskinny Bop (Live)

9. Talk Dirty To Me (Live)

10. Every Rose Has Its Thorn (Live)

11. Nothin' But A Good Time (Live)

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Track List: Poison'd!

1. Little Willy

2. Suffragette City

3. I Never Cry

4. I Need To Know

5. Can't You See

6. What I Like About You

7. Dead Flowers

8. Just What I Needed

9. Rock 'n Roll All Night

10. Squeeze Box

11. You Don't Mess Around With Jim

12. Your Mama Don't Dance

13. We're An American Band

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Track List: The Best Of Poison: 20 Years Of Rock

1. Talk Dirty To Me

2. I Want Action (Single Version)

3. I Won't Forget You

4. Cry Tough

5. Look What The Cat Dragged In

6. Nothin' But A Good Time

7. Fallen Angel

8. Every Rose Has Its Thorn

9. Your Mama Don't Dance

10. Unskinny Bop

11. Rock And Roll All Nite

12. Ride The Wind

13. Something To Believe In

14. Life Goes On

15. Stand

16. The Last Song

17. Shooting Star

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Track List: Best Of Ballads And Blues

1. Every Rose Has Its Thorn

2. Something To Believe In

3. Life Goes On

4. I Won't Forget You

5. Good Love

6. Lay Your Body Down

7. Until You Suffer Some (Fire And Ice)

8. Be The One

9. Life Loves A Tragedy

10. Only Time Will Tell

11. Poor Boy Blues

12. Theatre Of The Soul

13. B**tard Son Of A Thousand Blues

14. The Last Song

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Track List: Power To The People

1. Power To The People

2. Can't Bring Me Down

3. The Last Song

4. Strange

5. I Hate Every Bone In Your Body But Mine

6. Intro / Look What The Cat Drag In (Live)

7. I Want Action (Live)

8. Something To Believe In (Live)

9. Love On The Rocks (Live)

10. C.C. Solo (Live)

11. Fallen Angel (Live)

12. Let It Play (Live)

13. Riki Solo (Live)

14. Every Rose Has Its Thorn (Live)

15. Unskinny Bop (Live)

16. Nothin But A Good Time (Live)

17. Talk Dirty To Me (Live)

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Track List: Crack A Smile...And More!

1. Best Thing You Ever Had

2. Shut Up, Make Love

3. Baby Gets Around A Bit

4. Cover Of The Rolling Stone

5. Be The One

6. Mr. Smiley

7. Sexual Thing

8. Lay Your Body Down

9. No Ring, No Gets

10. That's The Way I Like It

11. Tragically Unhip

12. Doin' As I See On My TV

13. One More For The Bone

14. Set You Free

15. Crack A Smile Unfinished Demo

16. Face The Hangman

17. Your Mama Don't Dance (MTV Unplugged)

18. Every Rose Has Its Thorn (MTV Unplugged)

19. Unskinny Bop (MTV Unplugged)

20. Talk Dirty To Me (MTV Unplugged)

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Track List: Poison's Greatest Hits 1986-1996

1. Nothin' But A Good Time

2. Talk Dirty To Me

3. Unskinny Bop

4. Every Rose Has Its Thorn

5. Fallen Angel

6. I Won't Forget You

7. Stand

8. Ride The Wind

9. Look What The Cat Dragged In

10. I Want Action

11. Life Goes On

12. Sacrifice

13. Cry Tough

14. Your Mama Don't Dance

15. So Tell Me Why

16. Something To Believe In

17. Sexual Thing

18. Lay Your Body Down

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Track List: Swallow This Live

1. Intro

2. Look What The Cat Dragged In (Live)

3. Look But You Can'T Touch (Live)

4. Let It Play (Live)

5. Good Love (Live)

6. Life Goes On (Live)

7. Ride The Wind (Live)

8. I Want Action (Live)

9. Unskinny Bop (Live)

10. Something To Believe In (Live)

11. Love On The Rocks (Live)

12. Fallen Angel (Live)

13. Your Mama Don'T Dance (Live)

14. Nothin* But A Good Time (Live)

15. Talk Dirty To Me (Live)

16. Every Rose Has Its Thorn (Live)

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Track List: Flesh And Blood

3. (Flesh And Blood) Sacrifice

5. Unskinny Bop

6. Let It Play

7. Life Goes On

9. Ride The Wind

11. Something To Believe In

13. Life Loves A Tragedy

14. Poor Boy Blues

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Track List: Open Up And Say... Ahh!

1. Love On The Rocks

2. Nothin' But A Good Time

3. Back To The Rocking Horse

4. Good Love

5. Tearin' Down The Walls

6. Look But You Can't Touch

7. Fallen Angel

8. Every Rose Has Its Thorn

9. Your Mama Don't Dance

10. Bad To Be Good

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Track List: Look What The Cat Dragged In

1. Cry Tough

2. I Want Action

3. I Won't Forget You

4. Play Dirty

5. Look What The Cat Dragged In

6. Talk Dirty To Me

7. Want Some, Need Some

8. Blame It On You

9. #1 Bad Boy

10. Let Me Go To The Show

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florecita5
When you're the rose . . .
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I raise a toast to all of us, who are breaking our backs everyday. Cheers!!!
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adam76654
First (and only) album I ever shoplifted as a young 80's juvenile delinquent. Everyone made fun of me for the cover (LWTCDI), but I got the last laugh owning the album the week it hit stores. I later got the original covered Open Up before it could be pulled, Loved these guys and the fun times with the windows down cranking it up barreling down the backroads. Memories.
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michellezigm a n 1 5
Mush0573. Best song. And Brett Michaels is freakin adorable.
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This is one of my favorite bands
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Started rocking to them at about 6 years old, 26 years later still my favorite!
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Best band
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That so cute boys hey poison yummy
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I got to meet Bret a few years ago ~ he is the nicest guy ever! !
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Simply one of the greatest Rock Ballads Classic! I love it����������
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Badass band
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I Seen this Group...with . . . . . . M o t l e y CRUEXXXXOOOO O O
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Brett Michaels is so gorgeous, that he takes my breath away, the face of a Angel, I've always been attracted. To blondes, that's why I married. One.
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I Seen Motley Crue with...Brett & Co.........I Had too make A date I Remembered.. . . . . . I was pretty d....m Close too the front row......I had the View........ . X X X x x O o o o
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Memories of years past are good
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See them in concert around 86'. Good show. Lita Ford and Slaughter opened for them
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Poison still rocks lefty in the house.
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bighook24
I love this song, the radio hardly ever plays it. I'm so sick of hearing " every rose has Its thorns" this was their best album.
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Great tune
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johnheisenha r d
this is the best tune to Jack off to, and my name IS TIM WOZNIAK
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Every Rose Has Its Thorn,,, Awesome tune. Luvd seeing him perform on stage.... ROCK ON EVERYONE AND HAPPY NEW YEAR'S
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From the Lord above.
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Beautiful song,sung by a beautiful man,!
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❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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This a awesome band
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Praying for you rikki, kick cancers a** man
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This brings back memories from high school it's an awesome band!!!!
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mandi999
Play it CeCe
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Awesome Band!! It brings me back to when my Sister, Jennifer was in high school!! She now is a preschool teacher!!
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❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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Don't read this because it acctually works. You will be kissed on the nearest friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post it this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and you lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it work
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I've had such a long relationship with poison they'll always be my all time favorite!!! I've lost lost count of how many times I've see them in concert but its a lot if my daughter who's 24 has seen them at least 5 times!!!
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donjp7
Otto and Becky's engagement song , good times..... until Marge ruined their wedding :(
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F**king CC Deville. Damn he's good. Lol
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Dont read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However, if you dont post this you will be injured ( you won't die ). Now you started reading this so dont stop. Post this on at least 5 other songs in the next 143 minutes. When your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen. This is so scary that it actually works.
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Oh that's why the lady's call me a prick lol
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Here's 2 u
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Killer concert seen them with ratt and LA guns an great white in 99
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Ohhh yeah., and baby,. Talk dirty to me .,lol love it
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mfijut0
Hey Veronica what's up babe!
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I love poison
My sister thought I was crazy when rock of ages came out
All I did was song to the movie
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True!!! Love it
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I once had a camp counselor that was a roadie for them.
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The Glam slam kings of noise. Poison!
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Loving this "wake up in the morning". Sounds of yesteryear.. . s o uplifting... I miss the 6os n 7os..
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I love poison
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b**ch
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memories of a better time.
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