Nothin' but a Good Time

Nothin' but a Good Time
"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
Released 1988
Recorded 1988
Genre Glam metal, hard rock
Length 3:46
Label Enigma
Writer(s) Dall; Deville; Michaels; Rockett; Bombilla (Jordi Carretero)
Producer Tom Werman
Certification Gold
Poison singles chronology
"Rock and Roll All Nite"
"Nothin' but a Good Time"
"Fallen Angel"

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

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.[1] It also charted at number 10 on the Australian charts and number 35 on the UK Singles chart[2]


Music video

The music video features as a restaurant employee 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's 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:

  • Open Up and Say...Ahh!
  • Swallow This Live (live version)
  • Poison's Greatest Hits: 1986-1996
  • Power to the People (live version)
  • The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock
  • Open Up and Say...Ahh! - 20th Anniversary Edition

Other appearances

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

Chart performance

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

Cover versions

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

Appearances in other media


  1. ^ "Allmusic (Poison charts and awards) Billboard singles". 
  2. ^ "Poison chart stats". 

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