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Wednesday, November 10 2010 00:00

POISON - NOTHIN' BUT A GOOD TIME: THE POISON COLLECTION (Review)

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51Bn-C762CL. SL160 Ahhh POISON... Whenever I hear the band I'm taken back to a place long ago that can be relived just about every summer in small towns across America. I'm at a carnival; the "Flying Bob's" is spinning around blasting the sounds of "Unskinny Bop" while the smell of diesel fuel and funnel cakes permeates the air. Down the midway there's a young lass hawking for suckers to throw down a couple of bucks to toss a few darts at balloons with hopes of winning a cheap mirror embossed with the familiar green POISON logo. Meanwhile, down in the beer tent a cover band nears the end of their over-dramatic performance of "Every Rose Has It's Thorn," while the frontman scratches his nuts while scoping out the crowd searching for the emotionally-damaged drunk he'll be in the sack with later that night...  "Nothin' But A Good Time" I tell ya...

But I digress.

There's been a ton of POISON collections released over the years: The Greatest Hits, The Best of, 20 Years of Rock, etc. So what makes NOTHIN' BUT A GOOD TIME: THE POISON COLLECTION special you ask? Well, it's the best all-around overview of the band to-date, until the inevitable all-encompassing box set arrives.

With 34 tracks that run the gamut from the studio albums and rarities to a full live disc, THE POISON COLLECTION lives up to it's name by bringing together the best bits from the band. Longtime fans will probably have most of this already, while those just discovering the band via BRET MICHAELS' constant television presence will have something fresh to pick up. Hell, it even comes with a bandana packed inside so you can slap it on to complete the whole package.

Humor aside, POISON was always unapologetic in doing what they did well, and will always remain one of the premiere "hair bands" of the glam-filled 1980's metal scene.

Rating: 4/5

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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