During an appearance on SiriusXM’s Hair Nation, Poison’s Bret Michaels talked about the business decision of the bands early on that turned out to be “the gem” for them, they retained control of their publishing.
“It was hustle. There’s this thing inside you [that] you find. There are so many talented bands… You know what stops a lot of people? I call it the wall. You hit that wall or that door. And every time we hit a door or wall, we either climbed over it, punched our way through it, kicked the door open.
And you found a way. It was never exactly like you wanted it to be, but you found a way to get it done. Like raising the money, convincing people we were gonna have a hit record. We had to believe it before they were gonna believe it.
“I always told people, anybody, no matter what it is you wanna do in life, bet on yourself. I have to bet on me before anyone else is gonna bet. So what happened is we go in to do this album [”Look What the Cat Dragged In”], and we had hit so many walls that we just decided we were gonna make this happen.
”One of the biggest blessings that came from that is we held all of our publishing. I didn’t know that was the gem. We had been offered these really small offers and we were, like, ‘We’re already poor. Let’s just stay here and just hold on to controlling our career.’ And I go back to this now. That ended up being the biggest gem for Poison, is we kept all the publishing and just did an administration deal.”