Fallen Angel (Poison song)

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"Fallen Angel"
Single by Poison
from the album Open Up and Say... Ahh!
B-side "Bad to Be Good"
Released July 6, 1988
Format 7 inch vinyl, CD single
Recorded 1988
Genre Glam metal
Length 3:56
Label Enigma; Capitol Records
Writer(s) Dall; Deville; Michaels; Rockett
Producer(s) Tom Werman
Certification Gold(RIAA)
Poison singles chronology
"Nothin' But a Good Time"
(April 6, 1988)
"Fallen Angel"
(July 6, 1988)
"Every Rose Has Its Thorn"
(October 12, 1988)

"Fallen Angel" is the second single from Open Up and Say...Ahh!, American hair metal band Poison's second studio album. The b-side of the seven inch was "Bad to Be Good".

Background[edit]

Released as a single in 1988 on Capitol Records, the track reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #32 on the Mainstream rock charts and has since gone Gold in the US.[1] This made it the only single from the album not to reach the Top Ten. It also charted at number 21 on the Australian charts and number 59 on the UK Singles chart.[2]

The song is about a young girl who grew up in a small town and goes to Los Angeles to try to make it as an actress. While there, she abandons her old life...

This theme is a reference to the history of the band Poison itself: Bret Michaels, Bobby Dall and Rikki Rockett all left their native Pennsylvania for Los Angeles in their quest for fame.

"Fallen Angel", along with "Talk Dirty to Me," "I Won't Forget You" and "Ride the Wind," was the subject of a lawsuit in 2011 by members of the defunct band Kid Rocker, who claimed that the songs were based on Kid Rocker songs played to Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille before he was a member of Poison.[3] On April 8, 2013, a California federal judge said that the plaintiffs waited too long to file their lawsuit, stating, "It is totally implausible that plaintiff did not discover the alleged infringement until 2011." The judge ruled that the plaintiffs could only sue for damages dating back three years from the date of the lawsuit (following a three-year statute of limitations), and no more.[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video to "Fallen Angel" mostly follows the lyrics to the song, and was in heavy rotation on MTV. In the video, a young blonde (portrayed by Bret's then-girlfriend, model and then aspiring singer/actress Susie Hatton) tells her family, at dinner, that she is leaving for California at the end of the week, a statement that surprises and silences them. She arrives in Los Angeles with a suitcase in tow, eventually catching the attention of a guy (played by veteran character actor Anthony James) who manages a modeling agency and who offers her a job. She becomes a success, but feels like she is selling out her morals for fame. The girl and the manager start dating, but when he starts getting friendly with other ladies at a party, she leaves. He tries to get her back, but the girl gives him a kick in the groin, and walks off. She is back on the streets, but is picked up by Bret Michaels on a motorcycle and rides off into an unknown future. As her story ends, another girl, played by Michelle Davis, arrives, hoping to find fame and fortune...

Rikki Rocket's white tee-shirt was blurred in several scenes, as it contained the Vision Street Wear logo, a popular brand with skate-boarders; Rikki was an avid skate-boarder.

Albums[edit]

"Fallen Angel" is included on the following albums:

Cover versions[edit]

Punk rockers MxPx released a cover of the song on their 2009 album On the Cover II. Their version featured guest appearances by Craig Owens of Chiodos and Stephen Egerton of Descendents.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1988-89) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Charts 21
UK Singles Chart 59
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 12
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 32

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Allmusic (Poison charts and awards) Billboard singles". 
  2. ^ "Poison chart stats". 
  3. ^ "POISON Responds To Song Theft Allegations". Blabbermouth.net. 27 October 2011. Archived from the original on 27 October 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Poison Wins Battle In Suit Claiming It Ripped Off Songs". 8 April 2013. 

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