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Top 10 Favorite Poison Songs

You might say they are a piece of shit band. And perhaps they are. But they still sold 14 million records more than you ever will. Regardless of the stigma attached to Poison, they were the first band I really got in to and saw live and still share a special place in my heart. At 14, I went with my father to see them at the Capital Center and it was pretty fucking loud. It was awesome though and we had a ball. The bottom line is that they know how to write fun rock songs and have a good time doing it. You can’t fault that. They still seem to tour, strangely with huge success. I’ve seen them twice in my mid-late 20s. And they still rocked my socks off.

  1. Fallen Angel (Open Up and Say…Ahh) – Despite the horrible drum production on this album, this cut always tops out on my favs.
  2. Nothin’ But A Good Time (Open Up and Say…Ahh) – Somehow this turned in to the theme song for the Washington Capitals and for great reasons. The reverse ‘verbed out drums are to die for.
  3. Every Rose Has It’s Thorn (Open Up and Say…Ahh) – It got Bill and Ted in to heaven in Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey. Enough said.
  4. Cry Tough (Look What The Cat Dragged In) – Because we all cry tough, sometimes.
  5. Take Dirty To Me (Look What The Cat Dragged In) – If only for Brett’s, “C.C., pick up that guitar and TALK TO ME!”
  6. I Won’t Forget You (Look What The Cat Dragged In) – No 80s glam record is complete without the ballad.
  7. Ride The Wind (Flesh and Blood) – Finally they got a good drum sound. Only 3 records in to it. And I don’t care what people say, I think C.C. is a great guitarist (not to mention his good friend is Lemmy – so if Lemmy knows, god knows.) He might overplay, but he still can play a mean pinch harmonic.
  8. Unskinny Bop (Flesh and Blood) – Maybe Hanson knows what this song is about.
  9. Good Love (Open Up and Say…Ahh) – Nothing really special about this song, I just always love the harmonica in rock songs and Brett does this finger popping thing in his mouth that’s pretty funny.
  10. Sacrifice (Flesh and Blood) – The gang vocals are so gang.

I Can’t Avoid It

It haunts me.

It’s not a bad thing, I guess. It’s just kind of embarrassing, at times.

My first concert was Poison. I don’t regret it, in fact I am quite proud. I was 12 or so. I think Warrant opened, but I can’t be too sure. Patriot Center in Virginia was the venue. My father took me. He was cool like that. A lot of the show was spent with him talking to be about why it was so loud and how the sound was bouncing everywhere.

For the next few years (between 1987 and 1991) I really got in to all that hair stuff. Def Leppard, Warrant, Anthrax, Bon Jovi, Ozzy, Guns n’ Roses, Jane’s Addiction… If there was loud guitars and aqua net, I seemed to like it. The Smashing Pumpkins in 1992 quickly put an end to that sort of music in my boom box.

So after a business conference call today with the group we work with in Duluth, MN, I got a question from a typically conservative (not politically) and quiet women: “Mat, you like music, right? What do you think of hair metal? Specifically, Winger? I actually met Kip Winger last weekend at a concert – I am still glowing… Wanna see the picture?”

Now this isn’t a typical question I get. Usually it’s: “Have you heard of this new band called ‘Banana Clitoris’? I think you’d really like them!” I also know little about Winger. Sans an inclusion of one of their songs on the Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey soundtrack. A great soundtrack, by the way. Love on Ice and Faith No More have stellar songs on there.

The bizarre thing is that I always meet people who have funny obsessions with hair metal bands. And they somehow always know that I also, too, had one.

C.C. pick up that guitar and talk to me…