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Warrant - 1989 Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich

ARTIST: Warrant
ALBUM: Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich
SERIAL: CK 44383
YEAR: 1989
CD REISSUE: 2004, Legacy, CK 86742 * 2017 Rock Candy Records, CANDY343


LINEUP: Jani Lane - vocals * Joey Allen - guitars * Erik Turner - guitars * Jerry Dixon - bass * Steven Sweet - drums

Additional Musicians: Mike Slamer - guitars

TRACK LISTING: 01 32 Pennies * 02 Down Boys * 03 Big Talk * 04 Sometimes She Cries * 05 So Damn Pretty (Should Be Against..) * 06 D.R.S.F.R * 07 In The Sticks * 08 Heaven * 09 Ridin' High * 10 Cold Sweat


1989 was to me - a great year for melodic rock. There were many fantastic releases for which my hard earned cash crossed the counter in exchange for. This album wasn't one of them. To this day, I'm uncertain why this was, as in hindsight, Warrant didn't really do a lot wrong. I can only pin it down to public perception, their oft-played video of 'Heaven' prancing across the TV, and a whole host of other listening choices which pre-occupied my attention back in the hair metal heyday, two of which were Strangeways and Silent Rage. Unbeknown to me, the first version of the band appeared as far back as 1984! But it wasn't until 1986 with the addition of Jani Lane, Joey Allen and Steven Sweet that things started taking off for this lot. Despite some early promise of a development deal with A&M, that fell through only for Columbia to come calling in early 1988. Released late January 1989, 'Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich' would become one of the surprise success stories of 1989, as much as Skid Row were 1988's breakout success. Produced by Beau Hill, the album turned out to be a touch too smooth for the rough 'n' ready audience, though the MTV brigade was loving up the band in a big way. If you close your eyes and pretend that you're listening to a Steelhouse Lane or Streets album, it's hard to ignore the killer guitar work from Mike Slamer who handles much of the work here, not the two boys in the band: Allen and Erik Turner.

The Songs
Giving this one a listen again with a fresh set of ears (and a new perspective now that I realise how much Beau Hill and Mike Slamer had to do with this), I can hear all sorts of cool things. '32 Pennies' as a song resembles a strutting peacock, the mixture of party rock, glam and melodic rock is startling. Even 'Down Boys' takes on new meaning with the very melodic chorus and underpinning keyboard work. 'Big Talk' is straight out of the Poison copycat school, and though likeable, I'm sure Bret Michaels must've given Jani Lane some glares across downtown L.A during 1989! The album includes two killer ballads: 'Sometimes She Cries' is very cool, and of course 'Heaven' which took the charts by storm. Warrant shift up a gear or two for 'So Damn Pretty (Should Be Against The Law)', a cool rocker but let's face it.. corny lyrics. So too the title track, but they make it sound worthwhile on the chorus. 'Ridin' High' could be any number of L.A hair bands from the same era, indistinguishable from the rank and file, 'Cold Sweat' could be classed in the same category too, but I guess the big production and sonic guitar work contribution from Mr Slamer puts this a few notches above the L.A has-beens.

In Summary
At the end of the day, 'D.R.F.S.R' comes off as a bit of harmless fluff. The material here is not gonna strike fear into the hearts of literary experts and their dress sense won't win them any awards or catwalk appearances for that matter. The fact that the album has been dressed up like a stuffed chook thanks to Beau Hill and mercenary guitar hero Mike Slamer shouldn't take anything away from Jani Lane's mostly above average songwriting. For what it's worth, the album did very well during the first half of 1989. The album went platinum, while 'Heaven' went top 5 as a single. Tours with Kingdom Come, Cinderella and Poison would follow. I don't listen to this one much, but I probably should now since I've reviewed it. Anyway, my next target will be 'Cherry Brown'.. oops 'Cherrie Pie.. it's obvious that I've been thinking of the lovely Bobbie Brown too often.. lol!>

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#1 | gdazegod on September 03 2011 14:24:25
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#3 | reyno-roxx on September 04 2011 17:56:24
Fair review George...I have another description for Bobbie Brown though, and it ain't lovely!
#4 | trillion1999 on October 22 2011 12:46:30
I bought this solely for Heaven.I remember Down Boys though.Veering dangerously off topic I always felt the song I Saw Red ripped off Bourgeois Tagg biggest hit from their second album.In the miniority of one I actually prefer the rip off.If I ever buy Cherry Pie it would be solely for that track.Heaven is why I keep this CD.
#5 | super80boy on February 14 2016 19:29:27
It's a highly successful album on the surface, with four singles and four music videos. It follows the hair pop metal formula to a tee with prominent guitars, melodic catchy choruses and a glossed up production. They vinyl version is quite popular these days in the online marketplace, selling for lots of $$$. Thankfully when I dug out my old copy to spin, it was still nice and clean. DRFSR quenched the thirst for my pop/hair metal craving.
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