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
Recorded 1988
Genre Glam metal
Label Enigma; Capitol Records
Writer(s) Dall; Deville; Michaels; Rockett
Producer(s) Tom Werman
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.[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 of 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]

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, an unnamed girl (played by model and then aspiring singer/actress Susie Hatton, who was dating Michaels at the time) tells her family that she is leaving for California at the end of the week. She arrives in Los Angeles with a suitcase in tow. The girl eventually catches the eye 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 in Hollywood hoping to find fame and fortune.

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) 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. 

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