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"Nothin' but a Good Time" is the first single from the glam metal band Poison's second studio album Open Up and Say... Ahh! The B-sides are "Livin' For the Minute" and "Look But You Can't Touch".

"Nothin' but a Good Time"
Single by Poison
from the album Open Up and Say... Ahh!
B-side"Livin' For the Minute, Look But You Cant Touch"
ReleasedApril 6, 1988
Songwriter(s)Dall; Deville; Michaels; Rockett; Bombilla (Jordi Carretero)
Producer(s)Tom Werman
Poison singles chronology
"Rock and Roll All Nite"
"Nothin' but a Good Time"
"Fallen Angel"

The song was released as a single in 1988 on Enigma Records and reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #19 on the Mainstream rock charts.[2] It also charted at number 10 on the Australian charts and number 35 on the UK Singles chart.[3]


Music videoEdit

The music video features a restaurant employee, played by the same actor who appeared in the video for Mötley Crüe's "You're All I Need", washing dishes while listening to the Kiss hit single "Rock and Roll All Nite", performed by Poison. The manager enters, turns off the radio, and delivers to the employee a scathing reprimand, reminding the employee that he is being paid "to wash dishes, not to listen to that... that rock 'n' roll," and accusing him of "moving in two speeds: slow, and stop." The manager exits, whereupon the employee abandons the dishes and kicks open a nearby door to reveal a concert hall stage, upon which the band then performs the song. When the song is over, the manager returns, discovering, to his surprise, that all the dishes are washed.


"Nothin' but a Good Time" is on the following albums:

Other appearancesEdit

"Nothin' but a Good Time" was performed by Poison, with the cast of Rock of Ages, at the 63rd Tony Awards on June 7, 2009. After the performance, as the band made their way backstage, a piece of the stage scenery collapsed on Bret Michaels.

It appears in a 2017 TV commercial for Nissan's Heisman House and ESPN, featuring Eddie George and other Heisman Trophy winners.

Chart performanceEdit

Chart (1988-89) Peak
Australian ARIA Charts 10
UK Singles Chart 35
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 6
U.S. Billboard Album Rock Tracks 19

Cover versionsEdit

Reel Big Fish covered the song on their 2009 album Fame, Fortune and Fornication.

The song used in the movie The Rocker where it was covered by the fictional band A.D.D. The actual recording was mostly done by Chad Fischer with Teddy Geiger singing lead vocals. This version was released on the film's soundtrack album.

It also appears in the 2018 YouTube series, Cobra Kai.

Adam Brand and the Outlaws covered the song on the 2016 album Adam Brand and the Outlaws.

Appearances in other mediaEdit


  1. ^ "Readers' Poll: The 10 Greatest Hair Metal Songs". Rolling Stone. February 5, 2014. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  2. ^ "Allmusic (Poison charts and awards) Billboard singles".
  3. ^ "Poison chart stats". Archived from the original on 2012-07-31.

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