This week we’re taking a deep dive into the discography of one of rock’s most polarizing bands as we discuss The Best & Worst of Poison!
Initially called Paris and formed in Mechanicsburg, PA, the band headed west for Los Angeles; landing on the burgeoning Sunset Strip scene. Quickly gaining popularity for their over-the-top look and relentless promotion, Poison became one of the must-see acts in Hollywood. With the release of 1986’s ‘Look What the Cat Dragged In,’ the band scored hits with singles ‘Talk Dirty to Me,’ ‘I Want Action,’ and ‘I Won’t Forget You.’ Superstardom would come next with 1988’s ‘Open Up and Say…Ahh!’ release which resulted in chart positions for ‘Fallen Angel,’ ‘Your Mama Don’t Dance,’ and the mega-ballad ‘Every Rose Has It’s Thorn.’
The 90’s would start strong on the release of ‘Flesh and Blood’ but everything was about to change. The exit of guitarist C.C. DeVille, entrance of Richie Kotzen, and change of sound on 1992’s ‘Native Tongue,’ combined with the rise of grunge music, saw Poison’s fortune change for the worse. Kotzen would be replaced by guitarist Blues Saraceno on the great, but shelved, album ‘Crack a Smile’ before DeVille returned a few years later. Since 2000, product from Poison has been sporadic but the band does still do well on the touring circuit; currently on the road with Motley Crue, Def Leppard, and Joan Jett.
In this episode we take a spin through the whole Poison catalog and pick out our favorite and least favorite tracks. Did we get it right? Are we way off in our assessment? You tell us in the comments as well as YOUR picks for this episode.
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