An Ode to Bret Michaels

The glam rocker charms us, despite raunchy lyrics
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2010 10:54 AM CDT
An Ode to Bret Michaels
In this April 9, 2008 file photo, Poison lead singer Bret Michaels poses for a portrait in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas, file)

As doctors continue to search for the source of Bret Michaels’ brain hemorrhage—they say it is probably not linked to his recent appendectomy—Peter Lauria offers a tribute to Michaels, recalling his adolescent obsession with Poison. After learning of Michaels’ hospitalization, Lauria cracked open his Look What the Cat Dragged In CD and “a few beers, and remembered what it was like to be a naïve kid hooked on songs about dirty talk and wanting action.”

“Behind the cheesy lyrics and layers of caked-on mascara and lip gloss, Michaels had an endearing quality that separated him from others of his ilk,” Lauria writes for the Daily Beast. When he returned to the spotlight with Rock of Love, the audience never seemed to mind that “he was clearly doing the unskinny bop with every woman on a show that was ostensibly about finding his one true love”—and now fans “are hoping that his good times don't come to a premature end.”
(More Bret Michaels stories.)

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