|"Something to Believe In"|
|Single by Poison|
|from the album Flesh and Blood|
|B-side||"Ball and Chain"|
|Released||September 4, 1990|
|Songwriter(s)||Michaels; DeVille; Dall; Rockett|
|Poison singles chronology|
|"Something to Believe In" at YouTube.com|
"Something to Believe In" is a power ballad by American glam metal band Poison, being the second single from their 1990 album Flesh & Blood . "Something to Believe In" was also released on the Best of Ballads & Blues album in 2003, with alternate lyrics (part 2).
The song peaked at number 4 in the US Billboard Hot 100, number 5 on the mainstream rock charts,number 35 in the UK and #44 on the Australian charts. It was the last Top 10 on Billboard chart for the band to date.
This song was dedicated to James Kimo Maano, a security guard and best friend of Bret Michaels who had died some time earlier.
The cover art for the single depicts a tattoo on Michaels' arm of a cross with the words "Something to Believe In". The tattoo artist, according to Michaels, had been drinking and spelled "believe" incorrectly putting the "e" before the "i". It was attempted to be corrected by adding a rose to the cross that covered the misspelling, but Michaels was never satisfied with the results. In the first season of the reality show Rock of Love , Michaels goes to a tattoo shop where the tattoo artist properly touches up the tattoo.
During the filming of the video, unbeknownst to Michaels, the director had inserted footage of James Kimo Maano which was playing on a screen in front of Bret. This was done to try to draw an emotional reaction from Michaels. It worked so well that Michaels lost his composure and had to leave the set for several hours. On the final cut of the video, during the second verse, Michaels can be seen visually holding back tears as he momentarily stops singing.
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
Poison is an American heavy metal/glam metal band which achieved commercial success in the mid-1980s through the mid-1990s and has sold 15 million records in the United States and over 50 million albums worldwide. The band has charted ten singles in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, including six Top 10 singles and the Hot 100 number-one, "Every Rose Has Its Thorn". The band's breakthrough debut album, the multi-platinum Look What the Cat Dragged In, was released in 1986, followed by Open Up and Say... Ahh!, which was certified 5× platinum in the US. Their third consecutive multi-platinum and best selling album was Flesh & Blood. The most successful incarnation of the band consists of founding members lead singer and rhythm guitarist Bret Michaels, drummer Rikki Rockett, bassist and pianist Bobby Dall and longtime lead guitarist and backing vocalist C.C. DeVille. In the 1990s following the release of the band's first live album, Swallow This Live, the band experienced some line up changes and the fall of pop metal with the grunge movement. But the band's fourth studio album, Native Tongue, still achieved Gold status and the band's first compilation album, Poison's Greatest Hits: 1986–1996, went double platinum.
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