Unskinny Bop

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"Unskinny Bop"
Single by Poison
from the album Flesh and Blood
B-side Valley Of Lost Souls
Released June 27, 1990
Recorded 1990
Genre Glam metal, Hard rock
Length 3:48
Label Capitol
Producer(s) Bruce Fairbairn
Poison singles chronology
"Your Mama Don't Dance"
(February 1, 1989)
"Unskinny Bop"
(June 21, 1990)
"Something to Believe In"
(September 4, 1990)

"Unskinny Bop" is a song by American glam metal band Poison, which was released as the first single from their 1990 Flesh & Blood album.

The song peaked at number 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100, number 5 on the Mainstream rock charts,[1] number 15 in the UK[2] and #7 on the Australian charts. This made it the band's second highest success, after "Every Rose Has Its Thorn". The music video for the song has Bret Michaels dancing with a couple of animated neon cowgirls next to him.

Background[edit]

The meaning of "Unskinny Bop" has always been shrouded in obscurity. C.C. DeVille later confessed that the phrase "unskinny bop" has no particular meaning. He invented it as a temporary measure while writing the song, before vocalist Bret Michaels had begun working on the lyrics. The phrase was used on the basis that it was phonetically suited to the music. The song was later played to producer Fairbairn, who stated that, although he did not know what an "unskinny bop" was, the phrase was perfect.[3]

Trivia[edit]

  • The song appeared as a playable track in the music videogame Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock and as a downloadable track in Rock Band 3.
  • The song played on Parks and Recreation where Leslie, Tom and Ron go to the Glitter Factory, Tom's favorite strip club, in the episode "Tom's Divorce".
  • It is featured in the episode "Stewart Is Missing" of Beavis and Butt-Head.
  • On the HBO series Eastbound & Down, Kenny Powers used the song as his entrance theme while riding on a donkey to the field and throwing beer to the crowd.
  • In his book A Lion's Tale: Around the World in Spandex, professional wrestler Chris Jericho states that he used Unskinny Bop as his entrance theme in his first professional match, and continued to use it as theme music while wrestling on the Canadian independent circuit in the early 1990s.

Chart performance[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1990-1991) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Charts 7
Canadian RPM Top Singles 3
Dutch Mega Top 50 34
New Zealand Singles Chart 3
Swedish Singles Chart 19
UK Singles Chart 15
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 5

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1990) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[4] 32

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Allmusic (Poison charts and awards) Billboard singles". 
  2. ^ "Poison chart stats". 
  3. ^ [1] Harper C, "In Samantha 7 Heaven: An Interview with C.C. DeVille of Samantha 7" Ink 19, Retrieved October 18, 2005.
  4. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1990". Retrieved 2009-09-15. 

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