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Poison - 1986 Look What The Cat Dragged In

ARTIST: Poison
ALBUM: Look What The Cat Dragged In
LABEL: Enigma (USA), Music For Nations (UK)
SERIAL: ST-73202, MFN 69
YEAR: 1986
CD REISSUE: 1986, Capitol, CDP 7 46735 2 * 2006, Capitol, 09463-45717-2-2 (bonus tracks, remastered)


LINEUP: Bret Michaels - Vocalizin' and Socializin' * CC Deville - Guitar Screechin' and Hair Bleachin' * Bobby Dall - Bass Rapin' and Heartbreakin' * Rikki Rocket - Sticks, Trick and Lipstick Fix

TRACK LISTING: 01 Cry Tough * 02 I Want Action * 03 I Won't Forget You * 04 Play Dirty * 05 Look What The Cat Dragged In * 06 Talk Dirty To Me * 07 Want Some Need Some * 08 Blame It On You * 09 #1 Bad Boy * 10 Let Me Go To The Show * 11 I Want Action (remix) * 12 Don't Mess Around With Jim (bonus) * 13 Rock And Roll All Nite (bonus) * 14 Hey Good Lookin' (bonus)


In the very early 80s, the release of Motley Crue's classic 'Too Fast For Love' changed lives and spawned a seemingly endless onslaught of copycat glamsters. Poison's debut offering 'Look What The Cat Dragged In' appeared in the mid 80s to a delighted record buying public, still revved up on Hollywood and Vine street trash. Poison's early image showed them at their trashiest, having gone completely haywire with their sisters' make-up kits and sporting hairstyles big enough to scare Angel guitarist Punky Meadows into overt masculinity. Their image was right, the timing was right. It was obvious that Poison were going to be stars.

The Songs
'Look What The Cat Dragged In' is a cracking debut and the boys stomp their way through ten killer cuts. Both the title track and the anthemic 'Cry Tough' are still impossible to listen to without getting a surge of 'feel good' energy (and I challenge you all not to sing along!) and the rock 'n' roll trash of 'Talk Dirty To Me' still hits the spot. Even this many years on, CC's guitar solo still sounds shamelessly bad...bless him! ...And let's not forget 'I Want Action', which has lyrics which are so bad they're funny: 'Long legs and short skirts / Those girls hit me where it hurts / I can't wait to get my hands on them / Won't give up 'til they give in'. Vince Neil couldn't have said it any worse! The black sheep of the album has to be 'I Won't Forget You', which as far as ballads go is fairly standard fair, though it undoubtedly paved the way for 'Every Rose Has It's Thorn' from the band's multi-million selling second disc, 'Open Up And Say Aaah!', which showcased a much slicker Poison altogether and would make them MTV favourites for the next few years.

In Summary
One of biggest problems with 'Look What The Cat Dragged In' is definitely the (under)production job by Ric Browde, who's no 'Mutt' Lange for sure! Some of CC's guitars sound like they were recorded miles away, Bobby Dall's bass barely causes a rumble and Rikki Rocket's drums are tinny when measured against the monster sound of Tommy Lee's from the early Motley Crue records. But, I guess, it's the songs which really count and the ten featured on 'LWTCDI' have stood the ravages of time. For me it's the must have Poison disc.

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#1 | gdazegod on April 08 2006 21:14:35
Err yeah.. agreed. Not a band I remember too fondly...
#2 | Eric on April 20 2007 22:07:10
80's glam rock never did much for me, problem being, bands like Poison had the look of early 70's glam rock, but were nothing more than hard/ heavy rock in disguise. Glam was about fun, pop and creativity with the tunes to back up the glitter and stardust. Poison lacked this in spades, with the exception of 'I Won't Forget You' which actually was a fun pop tune with touches of Sweet and Slade. Wink
#3 | george_the_jack on July 06 2008 00:45:46
'I want action', 'Talk dirty' and 'Look what the cat dragged in'' are pure rock n' roll anthems that force you to stand up and move your body! Pfft Don't get carried away by the cover art, their image or the ridiculous inlay and statements of the band members...
#4 | jeffduran on July 15 2008 05:20:55
Poison's first was their best...although to most thats not saying much.
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