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Hollyweird Cover.jpg
Studio album by Poison
Released May 21, 2002[1]
Recorded April 2001 - April 2002 at Henson Recording Studios, Hollywood, California and Rock Central Studios in Sherman Oaks, California
Length 42:04
Label Cyanide Music
Producer Thom Panunzio
Poison chronology
Power to the People
Best of Ballads & Blues
Singles from Hollyweird
  1. "Rockstar"
    Released: May 27, 2001
  2. "Squeeze Box"
    Released: March 4, 2002
  3. "Shooting Star"
    Released: November 5, 2002
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
411Mania (4/10)[3]
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[4]
antiMusic 2/5 stars[5]
KNAC 5/5 stars[6]

Hollyweird is the sixth studio album by American glam metal[7] band Poison, released on May 21, 2002 through Cyanide Music and debuted at No. 103 on The Billboard 200 chart and No. 8 on the Independent Albums chart.[8] The album sold 11,000 copies in its first week with a No. 103 debut on the Billboard 200 chart.[9]

Musical style[edit]

The record brought together Poison's original line-up for the first full studio project since Flesh & Blood. The result was a combination of old and new sounds, with guitarist C. C. DeVille frequently preferring pop and punk rock sounds to the heavy metal style which had characterized Poison's previous records.[citation needed] The band's new style was particularly evident in the songs "Emperor's New Clothes", "Livin' In the Now" and "Home (C.C's Story)" which featured DeVille on lead vocals.

Production and marketing[edit]

In the face of major label offers which would have required the band to re-record old material, the band decided to release the album through their own label, Cyanide Music. Hollyweird was recorded at Henson Recording Studios, in Hollywood, California and Rock Central Studios in Sherman Oaks, California with producer Thom Panunzio and engineer bob koszela.


The album's themes revolve almost exclusively around the trials and tribulations of success in Hollywood, California; a theme which had previously been explored in the band's single "Fallen Angel" from their second album Open Up And Say... Ahh!.

The first single released from the album was Rockstar which was released on the web as a preview for the album, the 2nd single was a cover of The Who song "Squeeze Box".

Bobby Dall on The Who cover "Squeeze Box"

"Shooting Star" was also released as a single for the album and was referred to as part 2 to the Fallen Angel single from Open Up And...Say Ahh.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Bret Michaels, C.C. DeVille, Bobby Dall and Rikki Rockett except where indicated.

  1. "Hollyweird" - 3:15
  2. "Squeeze Box" - 2:32 (Pete Townshend)
  3. "Shooting Star" - 4:39
  4. "Wishful Thinkin'" - 2:49
  5. "Get 'Ya Some" - 4:22
  6. "Emperor's New Clothes" - 2:15
  7. "Devil Woman" - 3:47
  8. "Wasteland" - 3:56
  9. "Livin' In The Now" - 2:37
  10. "Stupid, Stoned & Dumb" - 3:10
  11. "Home" (Bret's Story) - 2:49
  12. "Home" (C.C.'s Story) - 2:47
  13. "Rockstar" - 3:33


Band members[edit]

Additional personal

  • Dan Wagner – keyboards
  • Mark Poole – backing vocals
  • Christy Calabro – backing vocals
  • Cliff Calabro – backing vocals