Report: Poison Pen? Authorship of POISON's First Hit In Question

Did POISON write their first hit song? Now 18 years after the song "Talk Dirty To Me" helped make POISON stars, the authorship of the song has been called into question.

A few weeks ago, antiMUSIC ran a press release in their "Day In Rock" report about the debut novel, "The Devil of Shakespeare", for rocker Billy McCarthy (the artist formerly known as Billy Dior from the band D'MOLLS, which released two albums on Atlantic Records in the late '80s). antiMUSIC subsequently received a package in the mail containing a CD-ROM that included a video of "Talk Dirty To Me" reportedly being performed by the band SCREAMIN' MIMI'S in 1984, which featured McCarthy and POISON's C.C. DeVille.

The package did not contain a return address and the accompanying note was not signed. The note said that the sender had seen the article on Billy McCarthy's new book and thought that antiMUSIC might find the video and an MP3 of the radio interview on the CD-ROM "interesting." This person claims to have worked with SCREAMIN' MIMI'S and alleges that McCarthy played a part in the writing of "Talk Dirty To Me" with DeVille. [Read more]


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