Producer Tom Werman Shares The Album Poison Asked Paul Stanley To Produce


Rock and heavy metal producer Tom Werman recently revealed during an interview with VWMusic the Poison album he worked on, which the band initially wanted Paul Stanley to produce.

Poison became a prominent figure in the glam metal scene as a band that released many hit songs. The group is best known for the tracks like ‘Every Rose Has Its Thorn,’ ‘Fallen Angel,’ and ‘Unskinny Bop,’ which were in high places on Billboard Hot 100 in the ’80s and ’90s.

The debut album named ‘Look What the Cat Dragged In‘ gained massive recognition by reaching number three on the US Billboard 200 when it came out in 1986. While the single ‘Talk Dirty To Me’ became number 9 on the chart, ‘I Won’t Forget You’ peaked at number 13. Ric Browde was a part of this successful album as a producer.

The band’s achievements continued with the next album, ‘Open Up and Say… Ahh!,’ which came out in 1988. This record was considered the band’s most successful work, with hit singles such as ‘Your Mama Don’t Dance’ and ‘Nothin’ but a Good Time.’ While the single ‘Every Rose Has Its Thorn’ became the only number 1 song of the band to date, the album reached number 2 on the Billboard 200.

The producer Tom Werman, who worked with notable names like Twisted Sister and Blue Öyster Cult, contributed to the album’s massive success. Werman opened up in a recent conversation about how he ended up working with Poison while the band was thinking about another musician. The producer revealed that Poison wanted to work with KISS’ Paul Stanley, but his schedule didn’t allow him.

Werman stated that Tom Walley from Capitol Records called and suggested working with the band. When he went there, they discussed music with C.C. DeVille, which was a positive experience, as the producer mentioned. While working together, Werman reached Bun E. Carlos from Cheap Trick to help Rikki Rockett during one of his drum sessions.

Tom Werman explained how he ended up with Poison:

“Well, they wanted Paul Stanley to produce the record. He was unavailable, and I don’t know if he ever produced anything else. But I was called into the Capitol Records office by Tom Walley, who was later A&R at Interscope and president at Warner Bros., and he said, ‘I think you could do a good job producing this band.’

And we arranged a lunch, and I sat next to CC; he was a major event. I mean, he was a very entertaining guy. Anyway, we had lunch, got along, talked about the music, and then decided to do it. I enjoyed and remained very friendly with their manager at the time, Tom Molar. You know, we just got along, and we went in and did it, and everything was good. That was a very positive experience.

Rikki Rockett said, ‘I’m not the best drummer in the world. I know that. But I’ll work hard.’ And he was exactly right. At one point, he had difficulty with a fill that he wanted to do; he couldn’t get it. Bun E. Carlos was in town from Cheap Trick, and I called him and asked him to come down and help, and he did. He came right down to the studio. They sat down; Bun E. worked with Rikki and got him to do the lick. And that was very nice. Anyway, that’s the extent Rikki would go to get it right.”

You can listen to the album below.