Monday, June 20, 2016

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Poison

Song:Every Rose Has Its Thorn
Album:The Best Of Poison: 20 Years Of Rock

Poison had success in the dying days of heavy metal before grunge took over in the early 90s. Every Rose Has Its Thorn was their only number one hit in 1989. Poison is from the Pittsburgh suburb of Mechanicsburg, PA. Lead singer Bret Michaels (real name-Bret Sychak), drummer Rikki Rockett (real name-Richard Ream) and bassist Bobby Dall (real name-Robert Kuykendall) had the band Paris in 1983. They decided to move to Los Angeles and change their name to Poison. Guitarist Matt Smith decided not to go with them. So they auditioned guitarists and hired C.C. Deville (real name-Bruce Johannesson) famously over future Guns 'N' Roses member Slash. One of the reasons Deville was chosen is he was into the glam thing that Poison wanted to do and Slash was uncomfortable with wearing makeup. Poison signed with Enigma Records with EMI Capitol distribution. Their debut album Look What The Cat Dragged In was released in 1986. The producer was Ric Browde who was into the glam thing. The album was certified 3XPlatinum and the single Talk Dirty To Me was a top ten hit. For the 1988 album Open Up and Say...Aah!, they worked with veteran hard rock producer Tom Werman. That album was even more successful. It was certified 5XPlatinum. The power ballad Every Rose Has Its Thorn would turn out to be Poison's only number one hit. Their 1990 album Flesh and Blood was certified 3XPlatinum and Unskinny Bop and Something To Believe In were top ten hits. Then they started to fade. They were having problems with Deville who was addicted to cocaine. After a Michaels vs Deville fight backstage at the 1991 MTV Music Awards, Deville was fired and replaced by Richie Kotzen. Their 1993 album Native Tongue did not sell well. the recording of their next album was interrupted by Michaels suffering serious injuries in a car crash. The album was shelved and they released a couple of new songs on a Greatest Hits CD. Deville returned in 1996. Poison remained the same and they continued to tour until 2012. You can get all their hits on the 2006 budget comp. Of course Michaels has been involved in acting and reality shows. He released a solo album in 2015. The other members of Poison now tour as The Special Guests. They play Poison songs but they don't have the right to use the name. Here's the video for Every Rose Has Its Thorn by Poison.

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