Rock On, Bret Michaels… It’s Your Birthday!

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(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Happy Birthday to [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Poison[/lastfm] singer [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bret Michaels[/lastfm]!!

And yes, it’s true… Jack FM is still bitter we were a Rock of Love reject.

They put the “glam” in glam metal.

Formed in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania in 1983, Poison first found success three years later with their debut album, Look What the Cat Dragged In.  Selling nearly four million copies worldwide and peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, the album was a surprise hit for both the band and their label.  The single “Talk Dirty to Me” reached the Top 10 on Billboard‘s Hot 100, and the video made Poison stars on MTV.

After touring with the likes of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Ratt[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Cinderella[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Quiet Riot[/lastfm], Poison returned to the studio for their second album.  Open Up and Say… Ahh! was released in ’88, and its commercial success solidified the band’s status as a force to be reckoned with.  Their biggest-selling album to date, Open Up and Say… Ahh! moved five million copies in the U.S. and produced the No. 1 single “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.”  “Nothin’ But a Good Time,” “Fallen Angel” and “Your Mama Don’t Dance” were hits as well.

As the ’80s gave way to the ’90s, Poison decided to shed their big-hair image and took a more mature approach to their music.  The result was 1990’s Flesh & Blood.  The album was another bona fide hit, and it provided the band with two more Top 5 singles: “Unskinny Bop” and “Something To Believe In.”  The latter, which was dedicated to the memory of lead singer Bret Michael’s best friend, is Jack’s Song of the Day.

Following an infamous appearance at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards, guitarist [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]C.C. DeVille[/lastfm] was fired from the band.  However, he returned eight years later, and Poison, with their original lineup intact, embarked on a reunion tour in support of their Greatest Hits: 1986-1996 album.  The tour was a rousing success and proved they were still as popular as ever.

Today, Poison continue to record and perform.  Their most recent release was 2007’s Poison’d.  An album featuring covers of their favorite classic rock songs, Poison’d debuted at No. 15 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart.

Here’s Poison performing “Nothin’ But a Good Time.”  Seeing Bret in that Cardinals jersey reminds Jack FM that Opening Day is just 22 days away!  Go Rangers!!

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