Hollyweird

Hollyweird

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by Poison
     
 

It was inevitable that the original lineup of Poison would make a comeback effort in 2002 -- they had spent so long on the VH1 airwaves, they had set the stage for a storming return. Like many bands of their era, they were smart enough to make the comeback on a small indie label, which meant they had little pressure to conform to the shiftingSee more details below

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It was inevitable that the original lineup of Poison would make a comeback effort in 2002 -- they had spent so long on the VH1 airwaves, they had set the stage for a storming return. Like many bands of their era, they were smart enough to make the comeback on a small indie label, which meant they had little pressure to conform to the shifting tastes of their time, and instead could offer a new record in their old style. And that's exactly what Hollyweird (wonderful title, eh?) is -- a return to the sound of Open Up and Say Ahh, but by an older, wiser, more ambitious band. "Ambitious" shouldn't be read as if the group has gone prog, although at times they can have the pomp and circumstance of Meat Loaf ("Wishful Thinkin'" has a chorus straight out of Jim Steinman). Instead, they're sprinkling serious subjects among the party anthems, in an attempt to draw a portrait of their hometown. Their (largely) serious intentions are given weight by their leanest, hardest production yet, the first to really showcase the band as a rock band, not a pop-metal outfit. The thing is, it all works, and the result is one of Poison's best records, if not their best; it says a lot that by far the worst moment is not an original, but an awful cover of a Pete Townshend song (granted, it's "Squeeze Box," the worst song he ever wrote). It may not really appeal to anybody but the converted -- despite their wide exposure on VH1, only the diehards are likely to buy a Poison album in 2002 -- but the weird thing is, this would be the album to convince doubters that the band is actually pretty good after all.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2002
Label:
Cyanide Music Inc
UPC:
0698268697522
catalogNumber:
6975
Rank:
73726

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Poison   Primary Artist
Bret Michaels   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Bobby Dall   Bass,Vocals
C.C. DeVille   Guitar,Vocals
Rikki Rockett   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Mark Poole   Background Vocals
Dan Wagner   Keyboards
Christy Calabro   Background Vocals
Cliff Calabro   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Billy Idol   Composer
Pete Townshend   Composer
Thom Panunzio   Producer,Engineer
Paul Weller   Composer
Mark Younger-Smith   Composer
C.C. DeVille   Contributor
Rikki Rockett   Engineer,Graphic Design
Helen Garber   Cover Model
Chuck Reed   Engineer
Jeff Rothschild   Engineer
Neal Ferrazzani   Engineer
Bob Koszela   Engineer
Cliff Calabro   Engineer

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