Looks like I am the only one to review this great collection of Poison videos and am happy to do so. I have been a fan of Poisons for many years. The glam band was right up there with Bon Jovi when spandex and big hair was THE in thing.
I happened across this DVD online while looking for something completely different. Since I have been a fan for a long time, I picked it up on a whim. I really enjoy it.
The DVD comes with notes from lead singer Bret Michaels about the making of each video, the stories behind the songs and videos, and gives some insight as to where the band stood as each video was made and aired. If you are a Poison fan, you know there was great turbulence between Bret and guitarist C.C. Deville and, on two of the 17 videos on the DVD, DeVille is replaced by other guitarists, which Bret acknowledges in his notes and at the end of the DVD.
As for the video list, it goes in chronological order from earliest to latest and is as follows:
I Want Action
Talk Dirty to Me
I Won't Forget You
Nothing But a Good Time
Every Rose Has Its Thorn
Your Mama Don't Dance
Ride the Wind
Something to Believe In
Life Goes On
(Flesh and Blood) Sacrifice
So Tell me Why
Until You Suffer Some (Fire and Ice)
Power to the People
Between each video, we get Bret talking about the band members and their personalities and contributions to the band or we get behind the scenes looks at concerts, backstage peeks at the band before and after they had performed and, in an unadvertised segment, the song Poor Boy Blues plays as they pay tribute to the road crew. It's a fun look at the people who worked behind the scenes.
Three videos were never commercially released: So Tell Me Why, Stand (my favorite, complete with a Harlem Choir as back up singers), and Until You Suffer Some (Fire and Ice).
The DVD shows the band literally growing up before your eyes. From a struggling glam band trying to make a name for themselves in Cry Tough to a cocky, successful pop band in Unskinny Bop to the last Poison video made in 2000, featuring noticeably older but still crazy band members and a still very in shape Bret Michaels in Power to the People, we get to see the band transform and grow out of the teased overbleached hair and make up phase, into the more hard edged, cigarette smoking rebels, and then into the more coming of age band.
The early videos are classic old video style with not a lot of technology to them but always an entertaining watch. The later videos, such as Stand have more thought put into them and come off much better. Power to the People shows us that even after 20 years, a ton of fist fights, alcohol and drug problems, a split with the lead guitarist, and more, Poison is still very much a band that respects each other and is still entertaining. They have come a long way since they were "talking dirty" in the backseat of the old man's Ford!
DVD bonuses include All tracks in 5.1 Surround Sound, Complete Album Discography, Information on the Official Poison Website, and more.
It's 85 minutes of blasts from the past that you can't help but get into even if the songs are dated now.
This is a great DVD for any Poison fan. It's like a history of the band in music form and the extra interviews, clips, and on the road footage makes it even more fun to watch.
Great memories of a more carefree time were stirred up when I watched this DVD and I didn't waste my money buying it. I even pop the DVD in now and then and work out as the videos and songs play. I sometimes even get an urge to find my Danskin leotard and leg warmers...but thankfully the band is wearing enough spandex to make me abandon that idea real quick.
Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older
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