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Look What The Cat Dragged In

Poison - Look What The Cat Dragged In ©1986 Capitol
1. Cry Tough
2. I Want Action
3. I Won’t Forget You
4. Play Dirty
5. Look What The Cat Dragged In
6. Talk Dirty To Me
7. Want Some, Need Some
8. Blame It On You
9. #1 Bad Boy
10. Let Me Go To The Show

Before I get into it, let me state for the record that I hate Poison. Deeply. You name it, they embody almost everything that was wrong with ‘80s pop-metal bands: bad hair, pancake makeup, too much spandex, and crappy, crappy music. Only Warrant were more egregious poseurs. And this, Poison’s debut album, is a disc that I love to hate. Nobody, other than butt-rocker teenage girls, anyway, ever was under the impression that the members of the band were anything more than competent musicians and their lack of proficiency shows. Of the ten songs on the disc, five are complete and utter crap. The other five, which received radio and Mtv airplay (ad nauseam, I might add), are saved from a richly deserved fate in the dustbin of bubblegum-music history by the collective memory of people of my generation, who could not have avoided the songs had they wanted to. And I tried...oh, how I tried.

That being said, those five popular songs are actually OK--OK being a relative term, of course. At least they’re catchy and, for the most part, lighthearted. Well, puerile is actually a better description. The first few times I heard “Talk Dirty To Me,” I have to put my pride away and admit, I liked it. But I was in seventh grade (so sue me--how many junior high schoolers do you know who have good taste in music?) and then the song got run into the ground. Same with “Look What The Cat Dragged In.” And “I Want Action.” And “Cry Tough.” “I Won’t Forget You” wasn’t entirely terrible, but I never really liked it, though. Far too sappy.

Perhaps if Poison hadn’t been omnipresent on radio and Mtv...and wasn’t composed of such despicable characters...the band would’ve been tolerable as a sidenote to the list of laughable ‘80s hair bands. But it was, they were, and it isn’t, so I hate them. To come to the point, this is a smash hit album by a lame group. Its only redeeming value is in its sheer awfulness--which is why I bought it for $1.99.

Review by Jonathan Arnett

Review date: 03/2000

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