|Single by Alice Cooper|
|from the album Trash|
|Released||7 July 1989|
|Genre||Heavy metal, hard rock, glam metal|
|Alice Cooper singles chronology|
"Poison" is a song by American rock musician Alice Cooper. Written by Cooper, Desmond Child, and John McCurry, the song was released worldwide as a single in late-1989 from Cooper's eighteenth album, Trash (1989). The song was one of Cooper's biggest hit singles in the United States, peaking at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, while peaking at number 2 in the UK Singles Chart. "Poison" is one of Alice Cooper's best known songs. It is ranked by Billboard as the "91st top song of 1989", while Ultimate Classic Rock ranked it as the "7th best Alice Cooper song", commenting "Poison sounds like a typical ’80s pop-metal number at times, but Cooper’s intensity brings it to a whole other level."
The song is available as downloadable content (as part of the Alice Cooper pack or as a single) for use in the music video game Rock Band , and a re-recorded version is also available as downloadable content for Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock .
There are three versions of the video to the song, one of which shows Alice Cooper being chained to a bizarre mechanism and singing while a ghostly woman looms over him. The original video had to be censored for showings during the day, due to shots of a topless model. Rana Kennedy plays the roles of both women in the video but the topless scene were shot with a body double.This is notably visible in the video. A final third cut utilizes alternate takes of Cooper during the final refrain of the song, leading to the end (this version seemed to receive the most airplay on MTV). The aesthetic of the video borrowed heavily from the Hellraiser movies, which were popular at the time. The studios in which the video was filmed in spring of 1989 have since been torn down and are now a parking lot in Los Angeles. The video is still often played on VH1 Classic's Metal Mania .
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|Australian Singles Chart||3|
|Austria Singles Chart||3|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||39|
|Dutch Top 40||10|
|Germany Singles Chart||25|
|Irish Singles Chart||2|
|New Zealand Chart||2|
|UK Singles Chart||2|
|US Billboard Hot 100||7|
|United States (Billboard)||91|
|Canada (Music Canada)||Gold||50,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||400,000|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
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