Look What the Cat Dragged In

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Look What the Cat Dragged In
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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 23, 1986 (1986-05-23) [1]
Recorded1986
StudioMusic Grinder Studios, Hollywood
Genre Glam metal
Length33:24
Label Enigma
Producer Ric Browde
Poison chronology
Look What the Cat Dragged In
(1986)
Open Up and Say... Ahh!
(1988)
Singles from Look What the Cat Dragged In
  1. "Cry Tough"
    Released: August 5, 1986
  2. "Talk Dirty to Me"
    Released: February 18, 1987
  3. "I Want Action"
    Released: May 20, 1987
  4. "I Won't Forget You"
    Released: August 5, 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [2]
Rock Hard3/10 [3]
PopMatters3 [4]

Look What the Cat Dragged In is the debut studio album by American glam metal band Poison, released on May 23, 1986 through Enigma Records. Though not a success at first, it steadily built momentum and peaked at #3 on the US Billboard 200 on May 23, 1987. The album spawned three successful singles: "Talk Dirty to Me", "I Want Action", and "I Won't Forget You".

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Look What the Cat Dragged In was certified gold in 1987 and 3x multi-platinum in 1990 by the RIAA. [1] It has also been certified silver by the BPI, [5] and platinum in Canada. [6]

Production and marketing

The record was described by vocalist Bret Michaels as a "glorified demo". It was recorded in twelve days at Los Angeles' Music Grinder Studios with producer Ric Browde, for a cost of US $23,000, part of which was funded from the pockets of the band members and their families.

The front cover of the album featured the members of Poison at their most "glam", with each sporting excessive make-up, thick girlish hair, and the pouting "kiss" pose which was to become a Poison trademark. The cover is often compared to the alternate cover of Mötley Crüe's 1983 album Shout at the Devil due to both featuring the band members' faces in heavy makeup, but it also may or may not have represented a loose parody of the cover of The Beatles' Let It Be , or perhaps more likely, Van Halen's debut album.

Reissues

In 2006, a 20th Anniversary edition was released by Capitol, with the original title. This version added single versions of two of the album's tracks and a cover of Jim Croce's "You Don't Mess Around with Jim" as bonus tracks. [7]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Bret Michaels, C.C. DeVille, Bobby Dall and Rikki Rockett.

No.TitleLength
1."Cry Tough"3:36
2."I Want Action"3:05
3."I Won't Forget You"3:35
4."Play Dirty"4:08
5."Look What the Cat Dragged In"3:10
6."Talk Dirty to Me"3:44
7."Want Some, Need Some"3:39
8."Blame It on You"2:32
9."#1 Bad Boy"3:14
10."Let Me Go to the Show"2:45
Total length:33:28
2006 remastered edition bonus tracks:
No.TitleLength
11."I Want Action" (single version)3:06
12."I Won't Forget You" (single version)3:39
13."Don't Mess Around With Jim (demo)" (cover of Jim Croce's You Don't Mess Around with Jim)3:05

Personnel

Additional personnel

Charts

Album

Chart (1988)Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report) [8] 51
Canada Top Albums/CDs ( RPM ) [9] 14
US Billboard 200 [10] 3

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada) [11] Platinum100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI) [12] Silver60,000^
United States (RIAA) [13] 3× Platinum3,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Accolades

PublicationYearCountryAccoladeRank
Revolver Magazine2014US6 Glam-Metal Albums You Need To Own [14] N/A
PopMatters2021US10 Essential Glam Metal Albums [15] N/A
Rolling Stone2019US50 Greatest Hair Metal Albums of All Time [16] 2
L.A. Weekly2011USChuck Klosterman's Favorite Hair Metal Albums [17] 7
Louder Sound2021USThe 10 best glam metal albums [18] N/A
L.A. Weekly2011USTop 20 Hair Metal Albums of All Time [19] 6
Guitar World2008USTop 20 Hair Metal Albums of the Eighties [20] N/A
Ultimate Classic Rock2021USTop 30 Glam Metal Albums [21] 16
Loudwire2016USTop 30 Hair Metal Albums [22] 10
Metal Rules2003USTop 50 Glam Metal Albums [23] 4
Loudwire2016USTop 80 Hard Rock + Metal Albums of the 1980s [24] 80

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