“Nothin’ But a Good Time” – Poison

This is a great, great song from one of the best singles bands of the 1980s-1990s. Yes, it’s difficult to say these things given the multiple painful seasons of “Rock of Love” on VH1. Yes, it took me many years to reach this conclusion after a good three decades of trying to be terminally hip. Yes, there are parts of this video that make “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” look like a Sam Peckinpah film by comparison. Yes, Motley Crue may be the hip retro-hair metal choice thanks to their infamous VH1 “Behind the Music” special and “The Dirt” autobio from 2001. But aside from “Home Sweet Home,” Poison had much better songs than Crue and much better songs than a lot of bands on the charts back in the era. It’s time to give them their due. And yes, it’s time to finally admit that as much as I tried to resist them back in the day, they hooked me with the terrific Sex Pistols/Steve Jones-influenced guitar on “Talk Dirty to Me” from the very beginning.

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