Saturday, June 23, 2007

Poison-Open up and say...ahh!

This was Poison's sophomore effort and it was released in 1988. However the original covers was quickly banned and here is the second cover.
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So what was so awful that black strips had to be added? Well, let's see....

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Oh, it's a great big, stupid red tongue that looks as if it were made out of red play dough. This cover was pure cheese even by 1988 standards. In 2006 this album was remastered and re-released with a bonus track and the original cover so that you can see it in all it's glory.


Blogger bob_vinyl said...

Sometimes things are banned just because they rub the wrong person the wrong way, I think. I think I like the original cover in a way, but Poison should have done something to crazy up their logo. As it is, the clean logo sticks out like a sore thumb.

June 23, 2007 at 6:39 PM  
Anonymous Rhodeislandrock said...

I always thought this was one of the worst covers ever made. The tongue alone makes it look ridiculous. I have a friend who is a huge Poison fan and I used to bust his chops about this album cover. I'd always ask him why he listened to CATS.

June 24, 2007 at 12:18 AM  
Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

I thought the same thing when I originally bought the tape then; dumb cover, okay album, not much to fuss about...when I walked into the store a few weeks later and saw those idiotic black bars, I was mystified...of course, this was in the age of Tipper Gore and the PMRC, so I think everyone was more paranoid than they needed to be...I thought Rough Cutt's Wants You would've gotten censored faster than this idiotic cover

June 24, 2007 at 6:16 AM  
Blogger David Amulet said...

I remember thinking the album cover was creepy, but but not anything worth banning. Silly.

-- david

June 24, 2007 at 5:28 PM  
Blogger taotechuck said...

Wow. That's a really stupid album cover. I'd never seen the original, and now that I have, I feel dumber. Thank you, Poison, for sucking away a few of my last remaining IQ points.

June 25, 2007 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger Layla (aka Barbara) said...


June 25, 2007 at 9:47 PM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

I actually saw a kid who was maybe 18 or 19 wearing a shirt of this cover last week at the record store.

June 26, 2007 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger bob_vinyl said...

Mark, was it axe man?

June 26, 2007 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

I don't know. He didn't look like a hard rock/metal kid, so he may have just thought it looked cool in a retro way. It didn't though. Bret Michaels was wearing the same shirt in a picture I saw of him performing this Summer.

June 26, 2007 at 9:05 AM  
Blogger taotechuck said...

What kind of jackass doesn't know the basic, unwritten rule that you NEVER wear your own band's shirt?

June 26, 2007 at 9:28 PM  
Blogger bob_vinyl said...

Chuck, how does that apply to lyric sheets? Do you send $2 for your own band's lyrics?

June 26, 2007 at 10:16 PM  
Blogger taotechuck said...

Duh. Why would you do that, when you're the one who typed them into Word and printed out 1,000 copies? (It's important to be prepared, in case there's an onslaught of requests.)

June 26, 2007 at 10:19 PM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

I used to believe in not wearing you own band's shirt, but then I saw Steve Harris doing it and figured it was okay if you are cool enough.

June 27, 2007 at 6:39 AM  

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