Brett Michaels is a Platonist

Brett Michaels is the frontman for the rock group Poison. On their live album released in 1991, Brett announces some of the songs in this manner:

“This next song is called ________; it goes something like this.”

A variation on this is “it goes a little something like this.” What this means is that Brett and the boys in Poison are giving their audience a time-bound version—a mere shadow—of an eternal exemplar. Somewhere in the World of Forms there exists the Form of the song “Look what the cat dragged in,” and of the others. This is good news, because so many of those songs, and the 2-disc monstrosity itself, are self-indulgent and poorly played, and it’s nice to know that we will be decisively distanced from their like once we reach the Undiscovered Country.


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