Bell Biv DeVoe

Poison

Composed by Elliot Straite

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Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis produced New Edition's platinum Heart Break album. At the end of the Heart Break tour, Jam asked the group what their plans were. There was some talk about solo albums by Ralph Tresvant, Johnny Gill, and Ricky Bell. Michael Bivins wanted to get into management. The producers suggested that three of the members start a group called Bell, Bivins, and DeVoe. The trio decided to call themselves Bell Biv DeVoe. Jam and Lewis called MCA A&R exec Louil Silas and told him about Bell Biv DeVoe. Silas wanted Jam and Lewis to produce, but the trio wanted to work with more rap-oriented producers. The attention was on lead singers Tresvant and Gill to come up with solo LPs, so Bell Biv DeVoe felt no glaring attention and could record their album with relatively no scrutiny. Around 1984, songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Elliot Straite, aka Dr. Freeze, had written a song called "Poison" which was intended to be included on his album. It's theme was outwardly attractive girls who take advantage of guys. Straite played it for the trio's manager Hiram Hicks. It fit the group's need to distinguish their sound from New Edition's by making their sound more "street." Included on their four million-selling debut album Poison, "Poison" sold over two million copies, staying at number one R&B for two weeks and peaking at number three pop in the spring of 1990. Poison also yielded "B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)?," "She's Dope," "Do Me," and "When Will I See You Smile Again."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Poison 1990 Digital / MCA / Universal 4:22
No Image 1990
Various Artists
MCA Music Video
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Tommy Boy 6:25
No Image 1991 MCA Music Video
Pure Swing [Pump] 1995
Various Artists
Pump 3:44
This Is Swing 1996
Various Artists
Alex / Beechwood Music 4:24
New Jack Hits 1996
Various Artists
Rhino
Mastercuts: New Jack Swing, Vol. 1 1996
Various Artists
Flute Distribution 4:25
The Number One Rap Album 1996
Various Artists
PolyGram
E-Man's Non Stop Master Dance Mix 1999
Various Artists
4:37
The Best of Bell Biv DeVoe 2000 Geffen / MCA 4:22
Pootie Tang 2001
Original Soundtrack
Hollywood 4:22
New Jack Swing Era 2002
Various Artists
Universal International 4:21
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bell Biv DeVoe 2002 MCA / Um3 4:22
This Is the Best of R&B, Vol. 2 2002
Various Artists
Beechwood Music 4:24
Mixtape Gods, Vol. 4 2002
Various Artists
Sound Chamber
Just The Funk - 90's 2002
Various Artists
Special Products 4:23
Best of R&B, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
Beechwood Music 4:24
New Jack Swing 2003
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:24
History of Hip Hop, Vol. 2 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2004
Original Game Soundtrack
Interscope 4:21
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas [Box Set] 2004
Original Game Soundtrack
Geffen 4:21
Clubplanet Party Mix 2005
Various Artists
Rhino 3:41
Masterpiece, Vol. 3: Mixed by Lord Finesse 2006
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
20th Century Masters: Best of 90s R&B 2006
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:24
All Ultimate Dance 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 4:23
True 90s 2006
Various Artists
Universal 4:23
Old School '80s 2007
Various Artists
Thump Records 4:21
90s: The Ultimate Collection 2007
Various Artists
Ultimate / Ultimate Entertainment
Body + Soul: Hip Hop Love 2007
Various Artists
Universal Special Products / Time/Life Music 4:24
Twice as Nice: Urban Classics 2007
Various Artists
United Recordings 3:15
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Gold: New Jack Swing 2008
Various Artists
Hip-O / Universal 4:22
Pineapple Express 2008
Original Soundtrack
Lakeshore Records 4:20
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:22
Don't Quit Music: Modern Pop Workout (Exercise, Fitness, Workout, Aerobics, Running, Wa 2009
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:13
Massive R&B Classics 2009
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:22
Ministry of Sound Anthems: R&B 2010
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 4:22
Pure Swing [Universal 2010] 2010
Various Artists
Universal Music 4:23
R&B Summerjamz 2012
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 4:22
Back to Reality 2012
Various Artists
Universal Music / Universal Music TV 4:24
Pure Grooves 2014
Various Artists
Rhino / WMTV 4:22
90s Anthems: The Ultimate Collection 2014
Various Artists
Ultimate Collection / Universal
Pure R&B '90s 2014
Various Artists
Rhino 4:09
NOW: 25 Top Hits of the 1990's 2014
Various Artists
Universal 4:24
101 More R&B Hits 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:22
100 Hits
Various Artists
Universal 4:22
20 #1's: 90's R&B
Various Artists
UME Imports / Umes / Universal 4:22
90s Groove, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 4:22
Body By Jake: Modern Pop Workout
Various Artists
Body By Jake 4:13
Classic R&B [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino
No Image
Various Artists
New State 4:21
No Image
Various Artists
Razor & Tie
Living in the 90's
Various Artists
Razor & Tie
No. 1 150 Hits
Various Artists
X-Media Records
Pepsi: More R&B Anthems
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd.
R&B + Chill
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 4:23
Throwback 1980's
Various Artists
Allegro / Somerset 4:23
Throwback R&B
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 4:14
Total 90s
Various Artists
Universal 4:23
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