Unskinny Bop

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"Unskinny Bop"
Single by Poison
from the album Flesh and Blood
B-side "Valley of Lost Souls"
ReleasedJune 27, 1990
Genre Glam metal [1] [2] [3]
Label Capitol
Producer(s) Bruce Fairbairn
Poison singles chronology
"Your Mama Don't Dance"
"Unskinny Bop"
"Something to Believe In"

"Unskinny Bop" is a song by American glam metal band Poison, which was released as the first single from their 1990 Flesh & Blood album.


The song peaked at number 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100, number 5 on the Mainstream rock charts, number 15 in the UK [4] and #7 on the Australian charts. This made it the band's second highest success, after "Every Rose Has Its Thorn." The music video for the song has Bret Michaels, dancing with a couple of animated neon cowgirls next to him.


The meaning of "Unskinny Bop" has always been shrouded in obscurity. C.C. DeVille later confessed that the phrase "unskinny bop" has no particular meaning: he invented it as a temporary measure while writing the song, before vocalist Bret Michaels had begun working on the lyrics. [5] The phrase was used on the basis that it was phonetically suited to the music. The song was later played to producer Bruce Fairbairn, who stated that, although he did not know what an "unskinny bop" was, the phrase was perfect. [5]


Weekly charts

Chart (1990)Peak
Australia (ARIA) [6] 7
Canada Top Singles (RPM) [7] 3
Canada Top Singles (The Record) [8] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100) [9] 34
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) [10] 3
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) [11] 19
UK Singles (OCC) [12] 15
US Billboard Hot 100 [13] 3
US Mainstream Rock ( Billboard ) [14] 5

Year-end charts

Chart (1990)Position
Australia (ARIA) [15] 28
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) [16] 31
US Top Pop Singles (Billboard) [17] 32


RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA) [18] Gold35,000^
Canada (Music Canada) [19] Gold50,000^
United States (RIAA) [20] Gold500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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