Saturday, September 4, 2021

"Fallen Angel" by Poison

Song#:  3603
Date:  07/30/1988
Debut:  73
Peak:  12
Weeks:  16
Genre:  Glam Rock

Pop Bits:  Poison earned a second Pop Top 10 hit with "Nothin' But a Good Time," the lead single from their second album Open Up and Say...Ahh! The hit helped the album get to #2 and quickly turn platinum. For a follow up single, this next track was selected. It would nearly get Poison their third Pop Top 10, but it stopped just short at #12. The tune didn't fare as well at Rock where the song stalled at #32. Still, it was enough for the album to reach the double platinum mark a few weeks before this song reached its peak on the Pop chart.

ReduxReview:  This was a good follow-up to "Nothin' But a Good Time." It was well done glam rock with hooks that leaned towards commercial pop/rock. Combined with a video that reflected the story in the lyrics,  it was easy to predict that the tune would either make or get near the Pop Top 10. For some reason, rock radio wasn't on the Poison band wagon. This was only their second single to get on that chart and it peaked quite low.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  The video for this song featured Susie Hatton as a young woman leaving a small town in search of fame in Los Angeles. At the time, Hatton was the girlfriend of Poison's lead singer Brett Michaels. She was a model and an aspiring actress and singer. It seems like her connection to Michaels helped her get a chance at a singing career. Hatton would get signed to Giant Records and work on a debut album that would be titled Body & Soul. Released in 1991, all the LP's songs were co-written by Hatton and Michaels along with Pat Schunk and Mark Konrad. Michaels produced all the tracks. Despite the involvement of Michaels, the album came and went quickly. Hatton would be dropped from Giant and it seems she didn't pursue another deal. It wasn't long after that she and Michaels would end their relationship.


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