This was Poison's first single. The group formed in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania in 1984, and soon relocated to Los Angeles, where they added veteran guitarist C.C. DeVille. They wrote original songs and hit the clubs, where they refined their sound and their look, embracing the burgeoning "hair metal" genre (their secret weapon: Bobby Dall, who was a licensed cosmetologist).
The group got a deal with Enigma Records, which released their first album, Look What the Cat Dragged In
, in August 1986. "Talk Dirty To Me" was released as a single, and while Poison toured as the opening act for Ratt and Cinderella, the song made a steady move up the charts, peaking at #9 US in May 1987 (the album spent 101 weeks on the US chart, eventually reaching #3).
The swaggering rocker helped the group establish a solid male fanbase that sent the follow-up single, "I Want Action," to #50 in July. The next single was a ballad, "I Won't Forget You," which made #13 in November.
Poison's next album, Open Up and Say... Ahh!
, was released in 1988 and contained their #1 hit "Every Rose Has Its Thorn
." Their original songs were group compositions, with every member receiving a songwriting credit.