For My Sunday Song #95, this power ballad comes to us from Poison. The song is “Something To Believe In” and is off their 1990 album ‘Flesh & Blood’. The song went to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is great example of how moving and poignant a song can be.
The song is about two people in Bret Michael’s life. The first is his personal friend and bodyguard, James Kimo Maano or Kimo. Kimo got hooked up in the rock & roll lifestyle and with his abuse of drugs and alcohol, his life tragically ended early. When Bret found out, he was inspired to write this song as a tribute to his friend. When you watch the video of this song, you see an emotional Bret Michaels reacting to pictures that showed up on the TV of his friend. The Director of the video didn’t tell him the pictures were being used and it took Bret by surprise. It was a cruel trick, but it captured a real moment.
The other person is Bret’s cousin Bob who had been wounded in Vietnam and the song talks about his struggles mentally with what happened as well as the loss of so many of his cousin’s friends in the way. It paints a stark reality of the damage war can have on a person.
The whole song discusses reasons for Bret’s loss of faith whether it is from false prophets, the homeless, the impact of war or the loss of a close friend. The song paints such a graphic picture that you can’t help but be touched by it in some way. And depends on your mood when you listen, it could even bring a tear to your eyes.
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I have seen a lot of news on Poison lately. Most notably, they are touring with Def Leppard and they were actually in town back on April 29th with Extreme & Jackyl. I hate I missed it as I really would have loved to see Extreme…and Poison too!!
I then saw in the news where Rikki Rocket would love to record a new album, but he doesn’t feel fans want to hear anything new from them. I then saw somewhere where Bret Michaels would love to do a new version of “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn”…but of course he would…he is a REPEAT OFFENDER!!
All this talk about Poison got me to thinking about their albums. So, over the last week I revisited their entire collection and decided I would rank their albums from their absolute worst to their very best…or at least my opinion of that ranking. They had 7 studio albums, but since one Live album had 5 new tracks I decided to include that one in the list as well. I will shut up now and get on with the ranking.
8. – THE WORST!!! – Hollyweird (2002)
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Bret Michaels with Poison is enjoyable. The music is kind of mindless, like KISS, but a lot of fun. Bret Michaels as a solo artist is a different story. As a solo artist, Bret Michaels is a “Repeat” Offender!! What do I mean by that? Well, let me tell you. Bret Michaels can not release a new album that doesn’t contain all original music. He has to repeat songs from his days as lead singer of Poison or songs from his previous solo album. At this point to me, it is so laughable and sad at the same time.
It didn’t start out this way as his first 2 solo albums were pretty much all original/new material. His first solo album in 1998 was ‘A Letter from Death Row’ which was the soundtrack to a movie he wrote, directed and starred in, believe it or not. On a side note, I never saw the movie. Here is the track listing:
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