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JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Poison edition

Poison Bret Michaels CC Deville Rikki Rockett Bobby Dall

One band that I refuse to give up on—no matter how badly they disappoint me—is Poison. I’ve seen these guys at least six times in concert, and I’m always waiting for news of a new album. I’m afraid Bret Michaels is too wrapped up in being a celebrity that he may never come back to CC, Bobby, and Rikki to recapture that magic they had in the 1980s. Despite that, I love Poison’s music. So it’s only fitting to make a “JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Poison edition” for the glamsters.

In case you have forgotten (and you probably have, since I haven’t done one of these since May), here are there rules:

  • Every studio album must be represented by one and only one song—no matter how bad the album is. I’m looking at you, Hollyweird.
  • That song does not have to be an official “single” released by the band to promote said album.
  • Compilation albums can be included, but only songs that are new, previously unreleased, or remixes of songs from prior albums are eligible for the list.
  • Live albums are a waste of time. This is a general principle that Poison circumvents by including new studio tracks on their concert releases.

JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Poison edition
1. “Talk Dirty To Me” (Look What the Cat Dragged in, 1986)
2. “Nothin’ But A Good Time” (Open Up And Say…Ahh!, 1988)
3. “Ride The Wind” (Flesh & Blood, 1990)
4. “So Tell Me Why” (Swallow This Live, 1991)
5. “Stand” (Native Tongue, 1993)
6. “Lay Your Body Down” (Greatest Hits 1986-1996, 1996)
7. “Best Thing You Ever Had” (Crack A Smile…And More!, 2000)
8. “The Last Song” (Power to the People, 2000)
9. “Shooting Star” (Hollyweird, 2002)
10. “Something To Believe In” (acoustic version, Best of Ballads & Blues, 2003)
11. “Rock And Roll All Nite” (The Best Of Poison: 20 Years Of Rock, 2006)
12 “What I Like About You” (Poison’d!, 2007)

That’s a pretty solid list up there if you ask me, even without “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” But I find a way to sneak it in via the bonus tracks…

Bonus tracks:
1. Warrant “Cherry Pie” (Cherry Pie, 1990)
2. Poison “Whip Comes Down” (“Stand” b-side, 1993)
3. Bret Michaels “Party Rock Band” (A Letter From Death Row, 1998)
4. Len “Feelin’ Alright” (You Can’t Stop the Bum Rush, 1999)
5. Poison “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” (MTV Unplugged version, eventually released on Crack A Smile…And More!, 2000)
7. Samantha 7 “I Wanna Be Famous” (Samantha 7, 2000)
8. Rikki Rockett “All The Way From Memphis” (Glitter 4 Your Soul, 2003)
9. Jeffrey Steele “Good Year For The Outlaw” (Outlaw, 2004)

What songs would you replace on your own Ultimate Mixtape: Poison edition?

(This is the third “Ultimate Mixtape” post so far…see also Mötley Crüe and Van Halen.)

Top 50 Hair Metal Songs: #4 – Poison “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”

As difficult as choosing a Mötley Crüe song was, Poison was a no-brainer. Sure, they had some up-tempo rockers that would have earned them a lower spot on the countdown, but “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” was hands-down the biggest ballad of the hair metal era, easily earning a spot in the top five.

Other songs considered: “Nothin’ But A Good Time,” “Talk Dirty To Me,” “Ride The Wind,” “Fallen Angel”

Purchase Poison music.

They keep dragging me back in

I didn’t want to see Poison in concert this year. The setlist has been practically the same for the past decade (with a few covers from Poison’d sprinkled in here and there), and with no new material I don’t expect that to change in 2012. Combine that with the fact that they are touring with Def Leppard…again…and it’s an easy decision: I’m not going.

That changed today when the opening act was announced

Lita Ford.

I’ve never seen Ms. Ford in concert. I was supposed to go to Iowa a couple of years ago for Rock Gone Wild, but that event was cancelled. Then she was going to play at a local club in Covington with Queensrÿche, and something happened. I don’t remember if the show was cancelled or if I had other plans that I couldn’t get out of, but I didn’t get to go then either.

I had the extreme pleasure of speaking with Lita on the telephone during my tenure as host of Hard Rock Nights, and I hope to add her to the list of musicians I have seen in concert his summer.

Day 11 of the 30 Day Song Challenge

day 11 – a song from your favorite band

Poison “Nothin’ But A Good Time”

(click here for the 30 Day Song Challenge)

Bands I have seen in concert…

I don’t keep ticket stubs, so I obviously can’t remember them all. But I will do my best…

Lynyrd Skynyrd (first concert ever…awesome time)
Tesla (opened for Skynyrd…very good)
Presidents of the United States of America (very funny band, very good songwriters. I think Mark went with me to this one)
Quiet Riot (2x)
LA Guns (2x with both Phil Lewis & Tracii Guns in the same band)
LA Guns (Phil Lewis’ current rendition)
LA Guns (Tracii Guns’ version, with Marty Casey on vocals last year)
Faster Pussycat
Bang Tango
Broken Teeth
Motley Crue (4x)
Poison (5x)
Ratt (2x)
Cinderella (2x)
Endeverafter (2x)
Vains of Jenna
Sebastian Bach (2x)
Skid Row (w/o Bach)
Warrant (with Jani Lane 1x, with Robert Mason 1x)
Theory of a Deadman (2x, kinda…didn’t really watch them at CrueFest II)
Drowning Pool (2x)
Charm City Devils
Papa Roach (2x)
Buckcherry (2x)
Avenged Sevenfold
White Lion (w/o Vito Bratta)
Judas Priest
Great White
Ted Nugent
Night Ranger
Scrap Metal (which is a supergroup made up of Mark Slaughter, one of the Nelsons, and Kelly Keagy I think)
Kevin Chalfant
Eden’s Curse
Jeff Scott Soto
Goodbye Thrill
Other bands at the Melodic Rock Festival in Fort Wayne that I don’t remember
Airbourne (2x)
Van Halen (w/ Wolfgang and Dave)
Britny Fox
Pretty Boy Floyd
Def Leppard
Cheap Trick
Clint Black
Cooter’s Garage Band
KISS (2x…original lineup, during reunion tour 1996)
Vince Neil
And, of course…ROACH!!!

Three huge days

August is looking like it will be a great month for music in Cincinnati. There are several shows coming to Riverbend that I hope to attend. Read the rest of this entry

August will be a great month for music…

August 16, I’ll be seeing Poison (my favorite band), Sebastian Bach (whose new CD was pretty good), and Dokken (who I’ve never cared for much) at Riverbend.

Then, just 3 days later, I’ll see Motley Crue (my second favorite band), Sixx:AM (whose CD was pretty good), Buckcherry (who have many better songs than that one that got played to death), Papa Roach (who have a few songs I like), and Trapt (who I am not familiar with whatsoever).

Hopefully the Crue show won’t be too overpriced, but with a line-up like that I’m sure it will cost a pretty penny.

Reunited, and it feels so good

Reunions are cool. No, not high school reunions. Never been to one, never plan on going to one. I’m talking about musical reunions. In the 1990s, we saw the original KISS reform for MTV Unplugged in 1995 and then go on a massive tour in 1996 (I saw them twice that year). Jimmy Page and Robert Plant did a quasi-reunion, again for MTV Unplugged. And then there were the Eagles. Oh yeah, they did Unplugged too. That was back in the day when MTV was still Music Television.

Other bands reunited in the 1990s to less publicity. Guitarist C.C. DeVille came back to Poison; Motley Crue welcomed Vince Neil back to the fold after a failed (but vastly underrated) record with John Corabi.

Now 2008, and reunions are still in style. The Van Halen brothers are touring with original lead singer David Lee Roth. Yes, I know that Michael Anthony is not in the band. To be honest, I don’t really care. The surviving members of Led Zeppelin (plus the son of the deceased drummer) got back together at the end of last year for a supposed one-off show, but they are talking about a full tour beginning this fall.

And another reunion that has not yet been officially announced–but is a done deal–is Warrant. The band released an album in 2006 with former Black ‘N’ Blue lead singer Jamie St. James. It’s really a great rock album, and I highly recommend it to fans of arena rock. But it just wasn’t the same, and everybody knew it. The voice behind “Cherry Pie,” “Heaven,” “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” and “Down Boys” is back. The one and only Jani Lane has come back to the fold, and I for one could not be happier. Warrant was one of the great hair metal bands. I would not be surprised to see them on the road opening for Poison in 2008, and I will definitely be in the stands for the show.

Now bring on Guns N’ Roses…the real Guns N’ Roses…Axl, Slash, Izzy, Duff, and Steven.

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