Wednesday, September 9, 2020

"I Won't Forget You" by Poison

Song#:  3252
Date:  09/05/1987
Debut:  87
Peak:  13
Weeks:  21
Genre:  Hard Rock

Pop Bits:  The band's debut album, Look What the Cat Dragged In, peaked at #3 in May of '87 thanks to their #9 hit "Talk Dirty to Me." A follow-up single, "I Want Action," didn't do quite as well peaking at #50, but this next single would get them back near the Pop Top 10. Just as this single was debuting on the chart, the album would reach double-platinum status. The song would  help sell more albums and eventually it would go triple-platinum. Strangely, despite their style of music and big exposure at MTV, none of the three singles would get on the Rock chart.

ReduxReview:  "I Want Action" wasn't a bad follow-up, but it just didn't catch on like their previous hit. So for their next release the band went the safer route and issued out this more mainstream-leaning power ballad. It worked out well for them with the track nearly butting up against the Top 10. It probably should have gotten inside the Top 10 for at least a quick week, but the #13 result was still very good. The mid-tempo track wasn't like the slow, erupting power ballads that other hard rock bands were doing and I think that served the song well. The track would kind of get overshadowed by their bigger hits, but it ranks among their best efforts.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  As the band's career was taking off, they got an opportunity to contribute a song to a movie soundtrack. The band did a cover of "Rock and Roll All Nite," a song originally recorded by Kiss. Their version appeared on the band's 1975 third album Dressed to Kill. It was released as the lead singles and it became their second song to crack the Pop chart peaking at #68. However, later in '75 Kiss released their concert album titled Alive!, which contained a live version of the song. It was issued out as a single and this time around it became a much bigger hit getting to #12. It quickly became a classic anthem for the band. Kiss had been gaining in popularity with their first three albums, however, the hit broke the band wide and Alive! became their first album to make the Top 10. 


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