Nothin' But a Good Time

Album: Open Up and Say...Ahh! (1988)
Charted: 35 6
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Songfacts®:

  • This very hedonistic song was a good representation of what Poison stood for. In the song, lead singer Bret Michaels doesn't have much money and isn't too concerned about saving what he has.
  • In a 2018 interview with AXS, Poison drummer Rikki Rockett explained how the band wrote this for everyday people: "We wrote that song around the time we were living in a warehouse in downtown LA. We didn't have any money of our own at the time, but we would convince girls into getting fast food and taking us to the beach on the weekends. We realized that song spoke to people who were just like us. People doing their best to grind it out. It was just like us when we were a band back in Pennsylvania. We all had second jobs so that we could buy PA equipment or drum heads. That's what the song is for. It's for the working class and the wish that you can have a good time among all that. Music is the way to escape. At the end of the day, that's the payoff."
  • Jennifer Robertson sang part of this on the Schitt's Creek episode "Rock On!" (2019) when her character, Jocelyn, was excited for a Poison concert. It was also used in these TV series Young Sheldon ("Pilot" - 2017) and Master Of None ("Religion" - 2017).
  • This was featured in several movies, including Rock Of Ages (2012), Yogi Bear (2010), Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past (2009), The Rocker (2008), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), and Friday Night Lights (2004).
  • The video was directed by Marc Reshovsky, a cinematographer who worked on Madonna's Truth or Dare documentary and U2's Rattle and Hum film. It opens with a vignette where Bret Michaels is working as a dishwasher, listening to Poison's cover of "Rock And Roll All Nite." After his boss turns it off and chews him out, Michaels kicks open a door, revealing a Poison concert.
  • The song was featured in Guitar Hero: Rock the '80s. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Martin - Detroit, MI
  • "Nothin' But a Good Time" was also the name of Poison's 2018 joint tour of the US with Cheap Trick.

Comments: 5

  • Uglykidjeff from Belleville, Il.Though, it surely isn't Brett! The actor in this video also played the lead male role in the Motley Crue video for "You're All I Need" but I don't know his name.
  • Jeff from Austin, TxBret Michaels was definitely not the dishwasher, and this song DID become a rock anthem! Are you kidding me??
  • Rick from New York, NyYou might want to watch this video again,the dishwasher is NOT Brett...
  • Rachel from North Jersey, NjHow this didn't become a rock anthem I'll never understand....
  • Stine from Nahan, NorwayIn the start of the video, when Bret is washing, they play Poison's version of "rock'n roll all night".
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