The song peaked at #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100, #5 on the Mainstream rock charts, and #7 on the Australian charts. This made it the band's second highest success, after "Every Rose Has Its Thorn". The music video for the song has Poison displaying their usual flamboyance, as Bret Michaels dances with a couple of animated neon cowgirls next to him.
Guitarist C.C. DeVille confessed that the phrase "unskinny bop" has no particular meaning. He invented it as a temporary measure while writing the song, before vocalist Bret Michaels had begun working on the lyrics. The phrase was used on the basis that it was phonetically suited to the music. The song was later played to producer Fairbairn, who stated that although he did not know what an "unskinny bop" was, the phrase was perfect.