Saturday, April 16, 2022

"Your Mama Don't Dance" by Poison

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  3808
Date:  02/18/1989
Debut:  56
Peak:  10
Weeks:  14
Genre:  Glam Rock, Hard Rock

Pop Bits:  Poison got their peak moment on the Pop chart with the #1 gold selling power ballad "Every Rose Has Its Thorn." The hit gave a boost to the associated album Open Up and Say...Ahh!, which by this point had peaked at #2 and hit the 4 million sales mark. A follow-up single was necessary so the label chose to push out this remake (see below). It did well becoming the band's fourth Pop Top 10 while also getting to #39 Rock. It would be the fourth and final single from the album. The band then went back into the studio to record their third album, 1990's Flesh and Blood. Four of its singles would make the Pop Top 40 with two of them getting into the Top 10; "Unskinny Bop" (#3) and "Something to Believe In" (#4). Both singles would also go gold while the album would reach #2 and go triple platinum. Then the rock music landscape suddenly changed and grunge was in while glam rock was out. Poison was a victim of the sea change and their next album, 1993's Native Tongue could only get to #16 and go gold. It had only one Pop chart single with the #50 "Stand." It would become their final Pop chart single. The band's heydays were over, but through trials and turmoil they continued to record and tour over the years. As of this posting date, the four members of the band during their prime hit making days were still together.

ReduxReview:  This swaggering, boogie-based rock 'n' roll tune was a good fit for Poison with the song's rebellious lyrics inline with the band's rough and tumble ways. The song had always been a crowd pleaser and fans who saw the band live ate it up. While I definitely prefer the more jovial retro rock original, Poison did do well in making the song their own by giving it a more lascivious, in-your-face reading. It earned them a Top 10, but in the long run their other hits would have longer legs.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  This is a remake of a song originally written and recorded by Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina. Their 1972 version became the duo's biggest hit reaching #4 Pop/#19 AC and going gold. It was from their self-titled second album that got to #16 and went platinum. The pair had written the tune a couple years earlier while waiting around in the studio for others to arrive. It was sort of a fun little lark that they came up with and while they didn't record it, they began to perform it in their shows. It always got a strong reaction, so they decided to put it on their second album. It would end up becoming their biggest hit and lone Pop Top 10. They would release four more albums (two gold, one platinum) with two of them making the Top 10. They would part ways in '76 with each heading out on a solo career. Messina would only be able to put a couple of albums on the chart as a solo artist, but Loggins would end up being one of the biggest music stars of the 80s thanks in large part to his hit songs from movie soundtracks.


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