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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)

5. Look What The Cat Dragged In (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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Powerful a** song!! ����
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I believe in you my darling Mike your Mimi you can belieave
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Every rose has its thorn is my most favorite song ever
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Nothing but a good time
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I used to have all their albums on vinyl
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Nothing but good f**king time
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Come on start talking again we all miss you all
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Nothing But A Good Time,,, my God Brett still looks amazing. He's like fine wine ages well... Excellent concert. ROCK ON EVERYONE
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Love , love this song!��
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Wow
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Great music on this station
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That scar remains!
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This is song is one of break up songs but I love this band they rock��
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I LUV THIS SONG........ X X X O O O X X O O O
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I love poison so much
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Life Goes On,,, one of there best in my opinion... Luv Poison seen em with Cinderella in 06 on there 20th anniversary tour. One of the best concerts I've been 2...Excellen t concert... ROCK ON EVERYONE
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I can never ever get tired of listening to poison ever
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God damnit. They all look like shemales!! No wonder my step dad hated the music my sister & I listened to!!
What a bunch of F*GS!
F*gs that got more p**sy than I ever did!
Hahaha, f**king what an embarrassmen t !
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I actually seen this video on mtv back in day when mtv was great...Fall e n Angel!!!!!
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I love this song! This brings back memories back in the day!!!
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Every rose has a throne is one of my favorite Poison songs.
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best band ever
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Such a 'happy' rock tune! Luv it!
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I �� this song
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Love this song. True about Hollywood in the 70s and 80's.
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Love, Love, me some Poison!!!!
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It's been a while since I heard the live acoustic version of this song.
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The hallways are so powerful so awesome,80's hair bands if you were there BEST TIME EVER!
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Well written song
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Love this song��
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Nothing like the 80s.
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Poison ahh yeah....wish you get in touch with me. Questions
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I remember when this song and video came out.
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You can give us lyrics we can still get them idiots get over yourself
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Love Poison ❤❤❤❤❤

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One of my favorite songs from Poison.
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Ride The Wind,,, Another awesome tune.. POISON will always b a big part of my 80 memories an collection.. . ROCK ON EVERYONE
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I pretend ur here by my side,,,,Ur miles away but not 4 long... LIFE GOES ON, this is my all time favorite Poison song ever. Beautiful tune.... ROCK ON EVERYONE
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yes I do feel it in my bones
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one of my favorite Poison songs
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Bret I love so much.
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