Poison (Alice Cooper song)
|Single by Alice Cooper|
|from the album Trash|
|Format||Cassette single, CD single|
|Genre||Glam metal, hard rock|
|Writer(s)||Desmond Child, Alice Cooper, John McCurry|
|Alice Cooper singles chronology|
"Poison" is a song by artist Alice Cooper, co-written by Desmond Child and John McCurry, and produced by Desmond Child. It was released worldwide as a single in 1989, and is featured on Alice Cooper's 18th studio album Trash. The song was one of Cooper's biggest hit singles in the United States, peaking at number 7 on the singles chart, while peaking at number 2 in the UK, only being held off the top spot by hit dance record, "Swing the Mood" by Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers.
The song is available as downloadable content (as part of the Alice Cooper pack or as a single) for use in the music video game Rock Band, and a re-recorded version is also available as downloadable content for Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.
There are two versions of the video to the song which shows Alice Cooper being chained to a bizarre mechanism and singing while a ghostly woman looms over him. The original video had to be censored for showings during the day, due to shots of model Rana Kennedy wearing nothing but a black thong. The portions in question were redone with her wearing a corset to cover her breasts. The video is still often played on VH1 Classic's Metal Mania.
- "Poison" was the first single from the 2004 album 7 Years and 50 Days by German trance group Groove Coverage. It was also released as an EP.
- It was covered by Finnish singer Tarja Turunen on her 2007 symphonic metal album My Winter Storm.
- In 2007, the song was covered by the bluegrass band Hayseed Dixie on their album Weapons of Grass Destruction.
- In 2011, South African singer Nicholis Louw covered it for his album Hier Naby Jou.
- A modified version of the song was featured in a February 2011 television ad campaign for the Volkswagen Passat in Israel. A man is shown driving his new Passat, presumably returning home from work. A series of fortuitous events accompanies his drive: an attractive woman smiles at him as he passes by; a traffic light turns green as he nears an intersection; a police man pulling vehicles over for inspection allows him to pass; the barrier-gate at the entrance to an underground parking garage rises upon his arrival; and a parking space is vacated just as he approaches. In the final scene, he throws an empty disposable coffee cup at a trash can but misses. The lyrics sung by the driver are, "I run this road / And I rule the world / Look at me baby and now give me a smile (That's nice) / Let there be green light cos I need to make it on time / There's a police man but he'll let me go by (Thank you sir) / Outside my building I want this gate to be / Open / I find the perfect parking spot / Poison / I can never miss this shot."
- In 2013, the song was covered by Carrie Hope Fletcher on the Alex Day album Epigrams and Interludes.
The Groove Coverage version of "Poison" comes in various remixes.
- Radio Version (3.05)
- Rock The Radio Mix (3.26) [Also known as Rock Mix]
- Club Mix Short (3.27)
- Club Mix Short (3:07)
- Extended Version (5.04)
- Club Mix (6.07)
- Tune Up! Remix (5.38)
- Tune Up! Remix (6:05)
- Tune Up! Remix (4:25) (Best of... CD)
- The Paragod Remix (5.40)
- Friday Night Posse Remix (7:12)
- Friday Night Posse Remix (5.50)
- Friday Night Posse Remix (4:27) (Best of... CD)
- KB Project Remix (5.27)
- Scott Brown Remix (5.25)
- DJ U☆Hey? Remix (5.51)
- Ultimix Extended
- Ultimix Edit
- Josh Harris Radio Edit
- Josh Harris Club Mix
- Josh Harris Dub
|US Billboard Hot 100||7|
|Australian Singles Chart||3|
|Austria Singles Chart||3|
|Dutch Top 40||10|
|Germany Singles Chart||25|
|Irish Singles Chart||2|
|UK Singles Chart||2|
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- "Volkswagen Passat: It gets into you". Adsoftheworld.com. Mediabistro.com. February 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2011.
- "Passat". Volkswagen Israel. February 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2011.
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- ""Nederlandse Top 40 - 21 OKTOBER 2011 - WEEK 42 - Poison"" www.top40.nl. Retrieved on September 8, 2011."
- ""German Singles Charts Search for Alice Cooper"" musicline.de. Retrieved on August 11, 2009."
- ""Irish Singles Charts Search for Alice Cooper"" irishcharts.com. Retrieved on August 11, 2009."
- ""Norwegian Singles Charts Search for Alice Cooper"" norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved on August 11, 2009."
- ""Poison" UK Chart progression". www.chartstats.com. Retrieved 2010-09-01.