Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Retro Spins: Poison - Look What The Cat Dragged In



Poison
Look What the Cat Dragged In
1986

This quartet of hot chicks came out of nowhere...in...the...Wait...These are dudes!

Okay, let me start again.

Hair bands! Big, BIG hair bands. It was quite the rage in the mid to late 80's. "Pretty" men with long flowing hair, some of which were intent on looking as feminine as possible with over the top bright make up and glamorous outfits. Glam rock as some would call it. Twisted Sister were the leaders of the pack (See what I did there?) followed by the likes of Motley Crue, Pretty Boy Floyd and of course Poison (to name a few).

Poison's debut album, Look What the Cat Dragged In has often times been referred to by its own lead singer, Brett Michaels, as a glorified demo. The album took a mere twelve days to record and cost less than $25,000.00 to produce. While it's not considered to be the bands most successful work, there's no denying there's a solid album here.

The album saw three chart toppers with Talk Dirty to Me (which went to number nine), I Want Action (which went to number fifty) and I Won't Forget You (which went to number thirteen). Admittedly, prior to hearing this album I only knew Talk Dirty to Me.

After hearing the album from start to finish I was pleased with it. Hearing Brett Michael's voice was like hearing an old friend (even though he's not known for being a nice guy). I haven't heard a Poison song since the 1990's when the album Flesh & Blood was all the rave.

The tracks flow nicely from one to another and there's nothing particularly bad about any of them. However, the biggest problem here is that beyond Talk Dirty to Me, there's also nothing which stands out. It's great as a whole, but individual tracks don't necessary scream "Replay me now!" With that said, I wouldn't be opposed to eventually listening to this album again in the future. Perhaps at that point in time others will step out in the forefront.

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