Dateline May 1988 I’m your host Deke and I will not change the names to protect the guilty! The guilty in this case are myself and Tbone and get ready folks here comes another Arena Rock Tbay story. Ya ready?
Tbones house basically backed onto my backyard and maybe there was a couple of hundred feet of wooded area separating both of our parents properties so basically it was a two-minute stroll from my place to T’s and vice versa thru the back pathway winding and joining our houses together.
So one hot early May Day of good OL 1988 I mosied up to Tbones one afternoon and he was painting his new fishing boat or something and on his ghetto blaster there’s Tbone blasting Poisons Open Up And Say Ahh! on cassette tape! Wowzers T out scooped and out scored me on this. Well played T!
There Ya have it there’s my story and I’m sticking to it! Geez I built up,this huge hype and that’s it you say?!
Sorry folks all tales can’t be about Tbones Scotch cabinet and blow! Ha… speaking of which myself and Tbone did have tickets to see Poison and Tesla live in Duluth back in the summer of 88 but Poison cancelled and the word was someone in Poison was sick or was it because it snowing in July? (Ahem!)
1988 and Poison sure as hell didn’t annoy me back than like they do now! After witnessing a first hand live debacle performance on there 1991 Flesh & Blood Tour read here…..https://superdekes.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/open-up-and-say-blah/ Poison 2015 when I think of them is well……Blah!
But I’m getting a little ahead here but back in 1988 CC Deville/Bobby Dall/Rikki Rockett and Bret Micheals released what I would consider a pretty good rock n roll album that when I figured to do a Sonic Waves on these guys this one came to mind first and foremost!
Look What The Cat Dragged In…Meow!
LOVE ON THE ROCKS-Tom Werman produces this album and he does a great job on the sonics as far as I’m concerned. CC opens with a sleaze ball riff and cue drums and Dalls bass and Bret man i have to give him full props with one of the best opening lines of the roaring 80s with ‘She goes down slow like a shot of gin!” There it is folks! A sure-fire Classic line that Tbone got tattooed on his arm! Hahahaha…Na man just joking but seriously this is a great tune and CC like he always does over solos the solo but that’s ok and we’re off to a real good start! Man I better check my blood sugar here…..crank the song posted!
NUTHIN BUT A GOOD TIME- I was working in a Hospital Kitchen at the time so that’s why I can probably relate to this video! Hahahaha…Another big CC opening power riff and its a good time feel good song! In other words get thru the fuckin week,toss work aside,crack open some beers And have nuthin but a good time! Real catchy single and they pull out all the stops in the video big lights, pyro and they used Green as a color instead of everything Black which I thought was a smart move.FYI… I never left that many dishes to be washed as Michaels does. For a good Flashback watch the vid!
BACK TO THE ROCKING HORSE- yeah man another good straight ahead simple Simon Poison Rocker! These guys were smart man they wrote simple tunes and it was they were Poisoning us ..hahaha and it worked until 1991 but man this is a good plus Rockett slaps da cow bell here so good on him! Me and Tbone were always a sucker for a good tambourine/ Cowbell / harmonica tossed into any rock track! This song is well done!
GOOD LOVE-yeah this ones a pretty good track it’s like Poison doing Sunset Drive in L.A Blues. I mean they were trying to stick little olive branches out there to say ‘ hey we just can’t write 4 on the Floor non stop rockers” oh yes you can i said back in 1988! Bret plays some Harmonica so a few bonus points are tacked on here at Arena Rock for that move. Whereas the first three tracks on Open Up are winners this one in my mind loses a little steam.
TEARIN DOWN THE WALLS-I dunno and like I said in a my Kiss Hot In The Shade 3/4’s Filler review…didn’t really dig the song in 1988 just not going there in 2015! Next…….
LOOK BUT YOU CAN TOUCH- close call Poison goes back to what they know best! Just play Simple Simon Poison Rock and this is another good rocker! Bret lays it down vocally with the ” Good Girls go to heaven…Bad Girls to Hell!” This ain’t (Rikki) Rockett science here folks. This is little 80s schmoozed cheseball rock and I lapped it up and so did many others including you so don’t even go there! CC plays the solo,Rikki drums the drum,Brett sings the song and Bobby well….
FALLEN ANGEL- when I revisited this track a few weeks back when I was planning on scribbling down a thoughts on the said works of Poison and when this track came on the old IPod I friggin giggled! The song is your typical late 80s deal…girls splits home looking for fame and fortune and instead winds up in the back of the bass players bus! Ewwww….Bret chimes the words “win big mamas little Angel”…the song is just a straight ahead rocker so Poison doesn’t deviate to far from the masterplan! The reason this song made me giggle is that this is the song I could have seen Tbone hacking (writing)out in his basement when we recorded the Current River debut cassette Hodder To Hell! Fallen Angel would have fit nice and snuggley on side two I think! Silly,cheesy corney rock Fallen Angel is but CC man he wrote a riff that sticks in your head after its done…..well played Deville!
EVERY ROSE HAS ITS THORN- oh boy I gotta be careful here! This tune pushed this album into mega sold ville! Fair enough and everyone knows my deal with this proto typed frontman who has the fame and glory and is still messed up with his lady! Sorry I cannot fuckin relate to this. I mean I hate to say it folks but what I really remember bout this song is the actual video of bassist Bobby Dall jacked to the 9’s and being helped off stage by some roadies. Ok I get it your Wasted….Geez sorry BMicheals you write the biggest selling single of your career and some yo yo in Tbay named Deke who scribbles a bunch o bullshit 4 times a week remembers this tune for the bass player not keeping his shit together! Hahaha…yeah that’s it…..
YOUR MAMA DONT DANCE- well well well here comes Poison with their own cover version of Your Mama and wasn’t it three years earlier when my good pal Tbone drooled over Y&Ts version of this song on Y&Ts Down For The Count? Refresh yourself and read all about it here…https://superdekes.wordpress.com/2014/10/08/down-for-the-count-yep/
BAD TO BE GOOD- ok ok I gotta say it this is one of my favourite Poison tracks off of Open Up… I will say it ..its a Gem! Love the beginning where Bobby actually plays some bass and it almost sounds like Poison is about to get into a street fight as some one stole their Hairspray and boom CC and company rock this tune but in a different way! It grooves along at a nice clip and Poison fire out a sure bang winner here at Arena Rock! I always chuckle at the end of the tune where Bret does the ” babababa, bababa Bad Ohhhh Yeahhhh”love it good solo good riff,good chorus…..man it’s all good ! Wheelin! Dealin! Cheatin! Stealin! ….it’s all here. A proper Glam Rock send off! Play the video for fun!
IN CONCLUSION-revisiting this album 26 years later! Holy Crap that’s nuts! It was a nice little revisit and I’m sure many of yous would have not expected this right? Well to be honest with ya’s neither did I! Thats ok though this album when spun in my iPod took me back to good OL May of 1988 and transported me back in time. So for that I guess I gotta give the Rockett,the over sometimes solo kind of guitar guy,the bandana wearing frontman and the polluted bass player there due!