Look What the Cat Dragged In

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Look What the Cat Dragged In
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 23, 1986 (1986-05-23)
StudioMusic Grinder Studios, Hollywood
ProducerRic Browde
Poison chronology
Look What the Cat Dragged In
Open Up and Say... Ahh!
Singles from Look What the Cat Dragged In
  1. "Cry Tough"
    Released: August 5, 1986
  2. "Talk Dirty to Me"
    Released: February 18, 1987
  3. "I Want Action"
    Released: May 20, 1987
  4. "I Won't Forget You"
    Released: August 5, 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
Rock Hard3/10[2]

Look What the Cat Dragged In is the debut studio album by American glam metal band Poison, released on May 23, 1986 through Enigma Records.[4] Though not a success at first, it steadily built momentum and peaked at #3 on the US Billboard 200 on May 23, 1987. The album spawned three successful singles: "Talk Dirty to Me", "I Want Action", and "I Won't Forget You".

Look What the Cat Dragged In was certified gold in 1987 and 3x multi-platinum in 1990 by the RIAA.[4] It has also been certified silver by the BPI,[5] and platinum in Canada.[6]

Production and marketing[edit]

The record was described by vocalist Bret Michaels as a "glorified demo". It was recorded in twelve days at Los Angeles' Music Grinder Studios with producer Ric Browde, for a cost of US $23,000, part of which was funded from the pockets of the band members and their families.


It originally included only one single, "Cry Tough"; however, Look What the Cat Dragged In became a surprise success and subsequently spawned three more charting hits: "Talk Dirty to Me", "I Want Action", and "I Won't Forget You",[7] The record became the biggest-selling-album in Enigma's history. With heavy rotation on MTV, their debut earned the band tours with fellow glam rockers Ratt, Cinderella, and Quiet Riot, as well as a coveted slot in the Texxas Jam in Dallas. The album ultimately sold 4 million copies worldwide.


In 2006, a 20th Anniversary edition was released by Capitol, with the original title. This version added single versions of two of the album's tracks and a cover of Jim Croce's "You Don't Mess Around with Jim" as bonus tracks.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Bret Michaels, C.C. DeVille, Bobby Dall and Rikki Rockett

1."Cry Tough"3:36
2."I Want Action"3:05
3."I Won't Forget You"3:35
4."Play Dirty"4:08
5."Look What the Cat Dragged In"3:10
6."Talk Dirty to Me"3:44
7."Want Some, Need Some"3:39
8."Blame It on You"2:32
9."#1 Bad Boy"3:14
10."Let Me Go to the Show"2:45
Total length:33:28
2006 remastered edition bonus tracks:
11."I Want Action" (single version)3:06
12."I Won't Forget You" (single version)3:39
13."You Don't Mess Around with Jim" (demo; Jim Croce cover)3:05


Additional personnel[edit]


Chart (1986-1987) Peak
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[9] 51
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[10] 14
US Billboard 200[11] 3


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[12] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[14] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


Publication Year Country Accolade Rank
Revolver Magazine 2014 US 6 Glam-Metal Albums You Need To Own[15] N/A
PopMatters 2021 US 10 Essential Glam Metal Albums[16] N/A
Rolling Stone 2019 US 50 Greatest Hair Metal Albums of All Time[17] 2
L.A. Weekly 2011 US Chuck Klosterman's Favorite Hair Metal Albums[18] 7
Louder Sound 2021 US The 10 best glam metal albums[19] N/A
L.A. Weekly 2011 US Top 20 Hair Metal Albums of All Time[20] 6
Guitar World 2008 US Top 20 Hair Metal Albums of the Eighties[21] N/A
Ultimate Classic Rock 2021 US Top 30 Glam Metal Albums[22] 16
Loudwire 2016 US Top 30 Hair Metal Albums[23] 10
Metal Rules 2003 US Top 50 Glam Metal Albums[24] 4
Loudwire 2016 US Top 80 Hard Rock + Metal Albums of the 1980s[25] 80


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  25. ^ "Top 80 Hard Rock + Metal Albums of the 1980s". Loudwire. January 13, 2016. Retrieved 2021-07-17.

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