Monday, February 16, 2009

Pretty Poison

Pretty Poison were a Philadelphia dance/pop music group that consisted of lead singer Jade Starling, keyboardist/guitarist Whey Cooler, percussionist/keyboardist Kaya Prior, bassist Mike Capozzoli, drummer Bobby Corea and guitarist Lou Franco.
In 1983, the group released the EP, "Laced" on Svengali Records. It's unknown how or if the EP ever charted.
In 1984, Pretty Poison released the single, "Nightime" peaked at #14 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and #82 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 4 weeks.
In 1987, Pretty Poison released their debut album, "Catch Me I'm Falling" on Virgin Records America, Inc. The album peaked at #104 on the Billboard 200.
The title song became Pretty Poison's biggest hit to date, peaking at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart for a week in September of 1987, and #13 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 19 weeks. The song also peaked at #85 on the U.K. Singles chart.

The song was featured on the soundtrack to the Jon Cryer film, "Hiding Out" and received heavy airplay on MTV.  In March of 1989, "Catch Me (I'm Falling)" became certified Gold by the RIAA.
A remixed version of "Nightime" peaked at #36 on the Billboard Hot 100, topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #13 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, and #83 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.
The last single from the album, "When I Look Into Your Eyes" peaked at #6 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #10 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.
In 1992, the group released a single, "Better Better Be Good To Me" on Tracer Records. It's unknown how or if the single ever charted at all.

In 1995, Pretty Poison changed their name to "Sex in Violets" and released the album, "Deflowered" which featured a more rock/indie style.
In 1998, Pretty Poison released the album, "Euphoria "on Svengali Records. It's unknown how or if the album charted.
A remixed version of "Catch Me (I'm Falling)" peaked at #43 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and #29 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart (along with a cover version of Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On.")
The follow-up single from the album, "Let Freedom Ring" peaked at #33 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.

In 2009, Pretty Poison released the song, "Finger Lickin' Good" and plans for a new album was scheduled for release in the summer of that same year, but nothing much has been heard about it.

These days, Jade Starling is still active in the music business and released her solo album "Captive" in 2014. It is unknown what the other members of Pretty Poison are up to today.

To see Jade Starling's official website, go to:
http://jadestarling.com

To see the music video for "Catch Me (I'm Falling)," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omx7u0ZWUAY

To see the music video of the original version of "Nightime," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txnd89_7c8E

To see the music video of the remixed version of "Nightime," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qin-RoF1aJE

To see a fan-made video for "When I Look Into Your Eyes," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeoZaE5qoIQ

To see a fan-made video for "Let Freedom Ring," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxepQzaERog

[updated on 04\07\2016]

1 comment:

Maxwell K said...

One of my favorite groups of all time!

Jade just did vocals on Hydra Production's album "Liquid," and Whey Cooler helped on her track too. They still work together.

Also, a fun side note, I shot that photo of the Laced cover. :-)