Title: “Cherry Pie” – Remastered
Label: Sony Music
Release Date: 4/13/2004 (1990)
Genre: Hard Rock
The second release by Warrant gave music fans a couple of things. The first is perhaps one of the most over-played songs in “Big Hair Metal” history with title track “Cherry Pie” and the second is the reminder of the lovely Bobbi Brown who danced and created fantasies for all young male rock fans in the video for that same song. Originally released in 1990 the world finds a chance to rediscover some of Warrants music when they were still very new in most peoples eyes. The production of the remaster is just as clean as was done for their re-issue of the bands first outing “Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich” . As a result songs like “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and “I Saw Red” truly stand out more than they did before and since those were the songs that I liked (as a non Warrant fan) I enjoyed getting to hear a better produced version. “Train, Train” and “Sure Feels Good To Me” remain solid rockers and are perhaps among the more fast-moving of the albums content and merit a listen as well if you have never heard them. The CD has left the track “Ode To Tipper Gore” in place and that was actually a surprise. The track is not so much a song, but instead a loose collection of expletives designed to push in the face of the once annoying PMRC. At the time, a collection of over-empowered Washington Senator’s wives caused great dramas to the music industry by demanding labels of warning be placed on any album deemed suggestive in image or lyrical content. Many bands answered this in their own fashion as proven here in this cut. The inclusion of this track is more of a historical note than of anything that is relevant today.
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Title: “Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich”
Label: Sony Music
Release Date: 4/13/2004
Genre: Hard Rock
In the 1980’s the “Glam Metal” or “Hair Metal” movement was in full swing. Bands like Poison, Tuff, Pretty Boy Floyd and Warrant brought a glitzier and sleazier aspect to Hard Rock music. It made fans of true Metal like Judas Priest, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden run to the hills (no pun intended). The music of Warrant was not something that appealed to me but if you watched MTV on regular occasion you would find that this did not matter at all nor did it affect the bands success. However you felt at the time when one looks back on the re-issue and remaster of this album from 1989 you will find several good hard rocking numbers. Warrant exemplified over-indulgence with their new found fame and in their music they sang about it while in the process winning over the hearts of millions of girls. Lead singer Jani Lane was a good looking front man who fell perfectly along with that of Brett Michaels (Poison) and Stephen Pearcy (Ratt). His personality brought a level of impact to the things that the boys were singing about. They were young , successful and were playing some really great places in a very short amount of time. One would think that “over the top luxury metal” should have been the label rather than Glam Rock. It was a real sign of the times on how Rock was heading in a fun direction but a few short years after this would face an abrupt end at the hands of Nirvana and Alice In Chains. These bands brought the darker and more depressing side to music at the onset of the Grunge movement. Bands like Warrant were kicked aside when this move happened and while some might have felt it a good thing they changed their tune when it seemed that every musician in a flannel shirt was finding their way to a recording deal.
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