Look What the Cat Dragged In
|Look What the Cat Dragged In|
|Studio album by Poison|
|Released||August 2, 1986|
|Recorded||March 1986 at Music Grinder Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California|
|Singles from Look What the Cat Dragged In|
Look What the Cat Dragged In is the first studio album by American heavy metal band Poison, released in 1986 through Enigma Records. Though not a success at first, it steadily built momentum and peaked at #3 on the US Billboard 200 on 23 May 1987. The album spawned four singles, three of them charting successfully: "Talk Dirty to Me", "I Want Action", "I Won't Forget You" and "Cry Tough". It serves as a prime example of the glam metal genre both musically and image-wise. The album ultimately has sold four million copies worldwide, one of their best-selling albums.
Described by Revolver Magazine as "oversexed, under-thought, and relentlessly fun", the album's style is often described as "glam metal" and was strongly influenced by East-Coast bands like Aerosmith and Kiss and It is a sound dominated by distorted power chords and catchy melodies. Reflecting a period before the band's music began to take on the influence of Californian, Van Halen styled stadium rock, the album is characterized by more traditional heavy metal sounds.
Production and marketing
The record was described by vocalist Bret Michaels as a "glorified demo". It was recorded in twelve days at Los Angeles' Music Grinder Studios with producer Ric Browde, for a cost of US $23,000, part of which was funded from the pockets of the band members and their families.
The front cover of the album featured the members of Poison at their most "glam", with each sporting excessive make-up, thick girlish hair, and the pouting "kiss" pose which was to become a Poison trademark. The cover is often compared to Mötley Crüe's Shout at the Devil because of the similar album cover, but it also may or may not have represented a loose parody of the cover of The Beatles' Let It Be, or perhaps more likely, Van Halen's debut album.
Themes and tracks
The album's themes are ambition ("Cry Tough"), lust ("I Want Action," "Talk Dirty To Me," and "Want Some, Need Some"), sexual frustration ("Blame It on You"), love lost ("I Won't Forget You"), and, most importantly, anti-social behavior ("No. 1 Bad Boy," "Look What the Cat Dragged In," "Let Me Go to the Show," and "Play Dirty"). "Talk Dirty to Me" was written by guitarist C. C. DeVille prior to his joining the band. DeVille played it to Michaels, Rikki Rockett and Bobby Dall during his audition for the role as the band's guitarist. "Talk Dirty to Me" has been covered by several bands, including Children of Bodom and Reel Big Fish. It is also included as a playable cover track in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, with Michaels re-recording the vocals.
In 2005, Madacy Entertainment reissued the album, with a new cover but identical contents, under the title Rock Breakout Years: 1987. The following year, a 20th Anniversary edition was released by Capitol, with the original title. This version added single versions of two of the album's tracks and a cover of Jim Croce's "You Don't Mess Around with Jim" as bonus tracks.
|2.||"I Want Action"||3:05|
|3.||"I Won't Forget You"||3:35|
|5.||"Look What the Cat Dragged In"||3:10|
|6.||"Talk Dirty to Me"||3:44|
|7.||"Want Some, Need Some"||3:39|
|8.||"Blame It on You"||2:32|
|9.||"#1 Bad Boy"||3:14|
|10.||"Let Me Go to the Show"||2:45|
|2006 remastered edition bonus tracks:|
|11.||"I Want Action" (Single version)||3:06|
|12.||"I Won't Forget You" (Single version)||3:39|
|13.||"You Don't Mess Around with Jim" (Jim Croce)||3:05|
- Bret Michaels – Lead vocals, Rhythm guitar, Keyboards & acoustic guitar on I Won't Forget You
- C.C. DeVille – Lead guitar
- Rikki Rockett – drums
- Bobby Dall – bass guitar
- Ric Browde – arrangement, production
- Jim Faraci – engineering, production
- Michael Wagener – mixing
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