Hair metal ruled the ‘80s and Poison personified the carefree, festive attitude that made this music memorable.

Growing up in the ’80s I will openly admit that Poison was a band I despised. Not because I had anything against their music, I appreciate all forms of metal. I could not relate to their sexuality or dress. I couldn’t imagine using hairspray or wearing lipstick and I never cared to see Brett Michaels with his shirt off. ‘Poser’ was the word I used but time has taught me to appreciate groups who’ve maintained relevancy despite musical trends. Poison can still sell out a stadium, and that kind of long term success must be respected.

“I Won’t Forget You” is a classic hair metal power ballad. It’s the fourth single released off Poison’s famed debut release Look What the Cat Dragged In (1987). A music video was released in conjunction with this single and received heavy play on MTV.

The visuals in “I Won’t Forget You” follow Poison on tour. We are exposed to some behind the scenes footage fused with shots of the band performing live. Fan interaction is undoubtedly a key to success and Poison makes this communication fun.

I used to think this song was exclusively about the relationship between a man and a woman but after seeing this video I believe you could apply those thoughts to include a band on the road. They end a long tour and promise themselves to remember all the fans they interacted with. A realization they’ll never live that moment again. The video becomes a homage to that period of time. Hair metal ruled the ‘80s and Poison personified the carefree, festive attitude that made this music memorable.

Check out “I Won’t Forget You” and celebrate this great moment in metal. \m/

Poison (1987) :

  • Rikki Rocket – Drums
  • C.C. DeVille – Guitars
  • Bobby Dahl – Bass
  • Brett Michaels – Vocals, Guitars
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