Video Review: Poison “Nothin’ But A Good Time”

A twentysomething man carries a bucket of dirty dishes into the kitchen. A second twentysomething man washes dishes as he listens to hard rock music on the radio. A third twentysomething man tells him, “pretty good jam” and lets him know “Mick’s on his way back here.” Mick, the owner of the restraurant, points his finger at the second twentysomthing man’s chest and tells him, “I told you before, I’m paying you to wash dishes, not to listen to that rock and roll.” The second twentysomething man puts his head down while Mick gestures to the floor, saying, “I have a whole restaurant full of people out there. You movin’ two speeds, slow and stop. You need to get your butt in gear or you’re out of here. Get it! Move.”

The second twentysomething turns down the radio as Mick walks back to his office. On the radio, the DJ says, “Rockin’ Saturday night. Now for all of you out there slavin’ on the job, here’s some Poison to get you thinking about those good times.” The second twentysomething man kicks open the door. He watches as Poison performs on stage. Sparks fly from all the corners as Bret and C.C. leap from the platform. Bret, C.C. and Bobby slide on stage. They dance and kick up a leg in unison. Bret takes C.C.’s hat as he sings. He salutes. Bobby and Bret lift their microphone stands like weights while C.C. plays the guitar.

Leaning against the sink, the second twentysomething man grins. The DJ says, “now don’t you feel better? Nothing like a little rock and roll to get the juices flowing.” Mick walks in and calls to him, “hey you!” The DJ starts to report the weather and Mick leaves him alone.

Rating: 3.5/5

The second twentysomething man clocks into his shift at 7 a.m. He was pulling a double. A friend of him had a wedding to go to and Mick, their boss, hadn’t given him the time off. The second twentysomething man said he’d take it. He needed the money anyhow. His last paycheck had spent at the liquor store and taking one of the servers out on a date. On his cigarette break, he talks with one of the cooks about their girlfriends. The cook teases him about his new steady. The second twentsyomething man stamps out his cigarette and says he has to get back to work.

The server walks into the kitchen and rubs his back. He tells her it feels good and asks her why she’s holding a bouquet of flowers. She says one of her regular customers gave them to her. He says they are pretty. She puts them in water and dances to the rock music playing on the radio. He laughs and teases that she has some tables to get back to. She winks at him and tells him, “ok, boss.”

The second twentysomething man drinks a beer and watches a sports game he recorded. Although he had been up for the most of the day, he had gotten his second wind at midnight. He cheers for the home run and lays down on the couch. At around 3 p.m. he turns the game off and walks to the bedroom. He’ll finish it tomorrow.

Director: N/A Year: 1988

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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit ,Greatest City Collective & 45 Magazine . Fevers of the Mind, and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kirstofia anthology.