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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, Rovi
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Kiss your left hand
Say your crushes name
Close your hand
Say your name
Open your hand
Put this on 15 songs and your crush will ask you out on that day
80's music was awesome..
This is a kool song....
shasta1184
Never paid attention to the lyrics before, but it is really a great song!
Well then you better prove it that you don't want that
Am a woman that also needs physical affection or what do you want someone to take care of that
Mi Amor come over
emksjames
Don,t read this,because it actually works.You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday, by the love of your life.Tomorro w will be the best day of your life .However,if you don,t post this , you will die in 2 days .Now you,ve started reading this ,don,t stop.This is so scary.Post this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes.When done , press f6 and your lovers name will come up on the screen .This is so scary , because it works.f6
Love love the 80's hair bands...fall e n apart at the seams!
Don,t read this,because it actually works.You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday, by the love of your life.Tomorro w will be the best day of your life .However,if you don,t post this , you will die in 2 days .Now you,ve started reading this ,don,t stop.This is so scary.Post this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes.When done , press f6 and your lovers name will come up on the screen .This is so scary , because it works.f6
<3.<3.<3..
...LOVE IT.....
I wish brett michaels would drag my cat in. I loved him so much when I watched rock of love it just made me feel all bubbly inside. man I wish I was one of the contestants. long live glam metal
dizzy4jr
I'll never forget the first time I saw the cover of "Look What The Cat Dragged In"...boys with makeup on?! It just did something to me lol! <3
davidhermans k i 1
My favorite band is Poison the greatest band
They were ahead of their time.
whenever I listen to this I'm having nothing but a good time!
I have something to believe in!!! WOO!
Bret Michaels your music is fun and you banged Pamela Anderson before everyone else your cool man.
Deville didnt "beat" slash for the job slash refused the job.
Yeah the chain mail does suck I've. Read it 5 times .im still alive n haven't seen any damn ghost lady either
LOL! You suck little 12 year old boy :) @dcombs872
They suck and so do you
Poison is the bomb
All this chain mail should be banned from pandora!!! I am on pandora for the music not all this other crap!!! ROCK ON Poison!!!!
I love Bret Michaels's voice and this song. This song is so true I also love poison. And Bret Michael's beautiful blue eyes they are so beautiful.
i think this was one of the songs from the movie Beer feast i thik
poison music sounds a lot better in a Mexican strip club then you take the lady upstairs.
I like it, but it annoy me because I made this station just to write comments about how bad todays music is

this is on Bruno mars radio!
zctenten
FYI it doesnt work.
zctenten
Dont read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest friday by the love of your life however if you dont post this you will die in 2 days now you started reading so dont stop this is so scary put this on at least five songs jn 143 min when done press 6f and on your screen in big letters your lovers name will appear
@Howard Johnson: go home
@Howard Johnson: oh no! Not you again!! Would you please GTFU!!!!
Tell me something, if this Howard Johnson guy hates glam metal so much, why is he listening to these stations so much.
long live killing poser music haha long live thrash metal death to glam f*g as metal
alexthebum
You will b kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and ur lovers name will come on the in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
hartungan05
You will b kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and ur lovers name will come on the in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
saw them 3 times best I ever saw.
great friggen music the way it should be.long live rock and roll
I just saw these guys Saturday night f**k yea and rock on long live rock n roll
leighla525
1989. My first love. RNF, this is for u! :) xoxo
brunan10
don't read this because it actually works. you will be kissed in the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life, tomorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. now you've started so dont stop. this is so scary. put this on at least 5 songs in 143 mins. when your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters, this is so scary because it actually works.
Yeah!!!
Awesome
i love this station and i like every rose has its thorn
The most rock & metal stations on Pandora Radio!
:D
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works!
Their music was all about having a good time and enjoying life. Great band to see live. Even after all these years they put on a great show and sound great.
Man awesome band
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