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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: #11 – Warrant “Cherry Pie”

Perhaps one of the most defining songs of the “hair metal” genre, “Cherry Pie” falls just outside the top ten. How in the world does such an epic song fall so low? I’m sure there are several arguments that can be offered to bump it up, or to replace one of my picks for the top picks, which I will be revealing one-a-day beginning tomorrow through the end of the month.

Other songs considered: “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” “Down Boys,” “Heaven”

Purchase Warrant music.

More about Jani Lane

I just posted some brief thoughts and more videos of Jani Lane performing with Warrant and others on the Hard Rock Nights website. Check it out.

R.I.P. Jani Lane

Ex-Warrant singer Jani Lane was found dead Thursday in a hotel room in California. No official cause of death has been announced.

Do you like to discover new music?

DISCLAIMER: This is a shameless plug for my weekly radio show.

Every Saturday night, I host a radio program on non-profit WMWX in Cincinnati called “Hard Rock Nights.” This program can be heard on 88.9 FM in the local market, but we also stream online so anyone with an internet connection can listen in. The station’s website can be found at

As you can probably figure out from the name of my show, I play a lot of hard rock music. Stuff by bands you’ve heard of, like Metallica, Deep Purple, Dio, Twisted Sister, etc. But I also play a lot of stuff that you have probably never heard, but would probably enjoy if you like the aforementioned bands. Bands like Coldspell, Jorn, Freakshow, and Joetown.

This coming Saturday, I just happen to have a couple of very cool artists appearing on the show with me. The first is Helena, the lead singer for Spider Rockets, a band from New Jersey. The second is Nigel Dupree, who fronts the Nigel Dupree Band and just happens to be the son of Jesse James Dupree, the frontman of a little band you may have heard of called Jackyl.

I will be talking with both of these fantastic people and playing some of their music, as well as the music of bands such as Sleeze Beez, Warrant, Alice Cooper, Ace Frehley, and much, much more. If you are so inclined, I would love to have you tune in to the broadcast this Saturday evening, beginning at 9 pm EDT on

Motivated again!

I have set a goal for myself: get my screenplay written by the end of May! It’s not as daunting as it sounds…I already have 18 pages written in one night, and I have plenty of nights to work on it! Screenplays are generally 90-120 pages in length, so I’m about 1/5 of the way there.

What about the novel, you ask? Well, I just got stuck…and at only 80 pages, I decided I’m not wordy enough. I can’t bring myself to describe minute details the way most novelists do, and I’m much more interested in dialogue, so I figure a screenplay is the way to go. I already have at least one person willing to read it when I’m finished, and I will of course register it with the WGA. My biggest concern is finding an agent or representative to shop it for me, since I don’t live in Hollywood (nor do I really want to). Hopefully it won’t be as difficult as I fear.

In other news, the radio program is really taking off. I’ve had some great guests on lately, including George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob) and Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big). This Saturday I’ll have Joey Allen (Warrant) on the program, and I’m working on possibly getting Rob Halford (Judas Priest) in the near future. Check out the Hard Rock Nights blog and let me know what you think of what I’ve got going on over there.

And on the sports front, meh. I’ve lost so much interest in baseball it’s not funny. My 9-year old son and I will be attending Opening Day for the Reds, and that may rekindle some interest in the sport, but I’m not banking on it. My fandom has waned so much that I’ve canceled my trip to Cooperstown this summer and will instead be attending the Dukes of Hazzard Fan Fest in the Smokey Mountains. Merle Haggard is playing that weekend, so it will be a blast.

My movie watching has been insane lately. I’ve seen “Once Bitten,” “Vampire’s Kiss,” “Twilight,” “Queen Of The Damned,” all within the past two weeks…and those are just the vampire flicks. “Nosferatu” is on the screen right now. A classic, but a bit of a pain to follow at times. I much prefer “Shadow Of The Vampire,” but really some knowledge of “Nosferatu” is essential to enjoying that movie to its fullest.

That’s all for now. It will soon be bedtime, and then work tonight. Hopefully I’ll be able to equal my productivity on the screenplay during my 12-hour shift.

Peace out.

What a difference 20 years makes…

Nearly two decades ago, Warrant hit it huge with “Cherry Pie,” “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” and “Heaven,” among other spectacular songs. Nearly two decades ago, guitarist Joey Allen had hair. Here’s an old photo of the Warrant axe-slinger:

And here is what he looks like now:

That photo was taken last night at Riverstar Entertainment Complex in Cincinnati, where Warrant played to a nowhere-near-capacity crowd (maybe 150 people there…maybe). It’s a shame really, because the band sounds great with new singer Robert Mason. Even though there was a lot of empty space in the audience, Warrant played their hearts out. Joey Allen may have lost his hair, but he hasn’t lost his ability to grind that axe! I’ve got a couple of videos posted over at my blog for my radio show, Hard Rock Nights.

Speaking of my radio show, tonight I’ve got guitarist George Lynch on the program talking about his bands…yes, plural…Souls Of We, Lynch Mob, and a possible reunion with Dokken? Listen in tonight for details…9-11 pm EDT on

I’m going to see WARRANT tonight…

I should have some videos up in the next couple of days, that’s assuming they allow the cameras in.

It’s coming…


Starting August 9…only on

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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