Miley's surprises 'new' and old song choice

Friday, December 11, 2009 - 12:34pm

UNDATED - First Miley Cyrus strapped on an acoustic guitar in her video for her power ballad "The Climb"—a song that indicated she might be attempting to take a new, less poppy direction with her music and be seen as more of a rock (or at least soft rock) songstress. And now it has been revealed via People magazine that she is remaking Poison's Bic-flicking '80s stadium ballad, "Every Rose Has Its Thorn."

In fact, People reports that Miley recorded the remake with the help of Poison frontman Bret Michaels himself—the man who wrote "Every Rose," Poison's first and only number one hit. Bret, who along with fronting his veteran hair-metal band is also famous for his VH1 Rock Of Love reality franchise and unfortunate head-bonking incident at this year's Tony Awards, was reportedly among the producers hanging out in the New York studio where Miley recorded the Poison tune. It is also rumored that Bret might even play the guitar on the final track, although that is still unconfirmed..

Apparently Miley's a big Poison fan. A Poison gig in Nashville was her first concert experience (other than watching her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, perform), and according to a quote in People by Miley's mom, Tish Cyrus, "Every Rose" is one of the teen star's "all-time favorite songs and she is really excited about cutting it." But teen stars covering '70s/'80s pop-rock hits is not a totally new phenomenon, of course....

For instance, Britney Spears recorded Joan Jett's "I Love Rock 'N' Roll" for her Crossroads soundtrack; both Lindsay Lohan and KSM did Cheap Trick's "I Want You To Want Me"; Paris Hilton attempted to re-ask Rod Stewart's musical question "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy"; No Secrets remade Kim Wilde's "Kids In Amerca"; Hilary and Haylie Duff took on the Go-Go's tune "Our Lips Are Sealed"; and Kelly Osbourne even tried to cover her dad's "Changes," as a duet, with Ozzy's help. But none of these covers exactly launched full-fledged rock music careers for the aforementioned singers. .

So, will Miley's Poison cover be a new start for her? Possibly. She did tell Britain's GMTV recently that her next record will be "ediger" (and we suppose Poison is edgy by Disney standards), revealing: "I want to do my last pop record." But Miley does contribute a vocal to Timbaland's new album, Shock Value II, too, so who knows—maybe she'll go hip-hop instead. (Her anti-Twitter rap is the stuff of legend, after all.) .

It remains to be seen if Miley's future concerts will feature lots of spandex, hairspray, flying-V guitar solos, and pyro explosions (as awesome as that would be). But if she really wants to go '80s rock, we would have preferred it if she covered Motley Crue's "Too Young To Fall In Love" or Winger's "Seventeen" instead.