BON JOVI and POISON – Who Cares About Their Recycled “Greatest Hits” Collections Anyways?

BON JOVI/POISONMetal be damned their back. I’m not talking about the bands Bon Jovi and Poison themselves, I’m talking about their recycled, re-mastered, decades old “hits” that everyone on planet Earth already owns. Yes, both bands have reintroduced to the world, once again, their sacred “hits” and have now decided to call them… “collections”. The sole purpose of these “collections” being released now, is for their being purchased as holiday gifts, the timing could not be any more prosperous for Bon Jovi and Poison.

Some poor dude out there is gonna get this Bon Jovi The Ultimate Collection as a Christmas present this year…  just because he probably mentioned once, during a family reunion picnic, that he digs the song Bad Medicine. That’s so damn unfortunate. Some poor Hard Rock chick (who owns every Poison album already) is gonna receive this Poison Nothin’ But A Good Time Collection as a holiday grab bag gift at work… all due to her saying she has dug Poison her whole life to someone at the company cafeteria. Terrible thought, I know.

Any fan of Poison or Bon Jovi already owns every damn studio album, live album and greatest hits as it is. I don’t think either band is hurtin’ in the big pay day department either… still, it’s all about the $$$ and no remote care in the world for the long-time fans who want “new” studio recordings of songs. This is Bon Jovi’s fourth “greatest hits” album… hello, egomaniacs anonymous? Maybe these new “collections” from both bands are fitting for younger fans who are just getting into their music, I will concede that. Plus, I’m certain there are a ton of Democrat politicians who have been voted out of office this November that will buy this new Bon Jovi “Collection” as well. Those soon to be former Democrat politicians owe Bon Jovi for his supporting them… so there is always that new market to tap into.

How many times does Poison need to release a “greatest hits”? It’s been eight long years since Poison released a studio album of “new” songs, the last being 2002’s Hollyweird. Four “new” songs on Bon Jovi’s Ultimate Collection is like giving their loyal fans a bagged fart, disguised as a secret toy surprise, in the middle of bland tasting cheerios. Oh, I forgot, This Bon Jovi band is too “busy” to make a full-length album these days. This is as perfect an example, as I can point out, to two different bands becoming so commercial and worldly popular, that anything they decide to refry and belch out, is to be automatically accepted by the Rock listening and buying public. NOT!

Seasoned Rock and Hard Rock fans worldwide, save your hard earned money this holiday season and do yourself an “ultimate” favor by staying away from these “ultimate” collections. I’m not taking away from either band being solid and great in their own musical regards, that is not my intent. I really, really, dig Poison, always have and will. However, giving a little extra more money to the Salvation Army kettle, this holiday season, sounds like a much more valiant way to expend any more disposable income that I already don’t have.

Metal be thy name.


8 Responses to “BON JOVI and POISON – Who Cares About Their Recycled “Greatest Hits” Collections Anyways?”

  1. I couldn’t agree with you more. Same goes for Motley Crue and The Scorpions……..Come to think of it…I bet that Half the Scorpions collection is a greatest hit or Live album……Well done Stone!!

    • metalodyssey Says:

      Yeah… the Scorpions do have a ton of “greatest hits” out there too. However, the Scorpions have been light years more consistent at putting out studio albums than Poison… and I am admittedly biased about my reverence for the Scorpions as well.

      The next thing you know… Bon Jovi will collaborate with ABBA with making a Christmas album. (I just made myself laugh with that one) 🙂

  2. Record labels instead of using their imagination in order to get people to buy CD’s of original music, go ahead a haul out another comp album of songs that have been reissued a thousand times, not only turning long time fans off but devaluing the artists back catalog in the process, great move coke sniffing record label exec.

    • metalodyssey Says:

      Right on Manny. These rehashed “compilations” take the $$$ away from up and coming bands that need their CD’s sold all the more. Plus, veteran bands like Nelson, Unruly Child, Buckcherry, A7X, Helloween, Yngwie Malmsteen, etc. have brand new “studio” albums out or coming out soon… these bands deserve the fans scarce $$$ for putting out NEW and full-length albums!

      These “compilations” just remind me of those late night infomercials too. Who wants it?

  3. This morning I chekced my email and I got this email from Bon Jovi’s website and the header said “Give the Gift of Geatest Hits” I wanted to barf. Seriously, they are trying too hard with their new compilation, I just view it as an updated version of Crossroad but the majority of stuff on it can be found elsewhere, it is much better to buy their studio albums than it, I still can’t believe they neglect 7800 fahrenheit in the US, oh well, I dont need any of their compilations. I already own the Best of Poison 20 Years of Rock and this new compilation is just a eissue with a new cover and name, the track listing is EXACTLY th same if you don’t count the live disc 2 which is just Swallow This Live. So I am wondering who would buy either of those, especially the Poison one because everything on it can be found elsewhere, and the extra bonus songs from Bon Jovi aren’t very convincing to me, I am sure soem people will buy either of those thinking they are getting their loved one a brand new album, I sure hope I don’t get either, I would much ratehr get Dio Love at Donington, Infestation, Sting In the Tail, Rust In Peace, Visual Lies, or The Final Frontier in my stocking, last year I got a Touch of Evil Live in my stocking and my brother got Dark Horse by Nickelback (I was laughing at him, but luckily for him he likes the album). Back to the Bon Jovi greatest Hits, I mean who doesn’t alreayd have SLippery When Wet or New Jersey or Keep the Faith? The only albums by them I don’t have that I want are Bon Jovi, Have A Nice Day, and 7800 Degrees Fahrenheit.

    • metalodyssey Says:

      I really dig “7800 Degrees Fahrenheit” and “Have A Nice Day”, plus “New Jersey” is very cool too. That is a funny story about your laughing at your brother getting Nickelback. That band is what the mainstream considers… “Heavy”.

      I hope you get those titles in your stocking… each one is a winner this year for me. “A Touch Of Evil Live” is an enormously great Judas Priest album!!! That one song alone, “A Touch Of Evil” gets me super psyched-out! Whoa.

      Glad to hear your on board, with the same feelings on these rehashed compilations. 😉

      – Stone

  4. Bon Jovi’s “These Days” ain’t too bad either

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