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Warrant - 1990 Cherry Pie

ARTIST: Warrant
ALBUM: Cherry Pie
SERIAL: CK 45487
YEAR: 1990
CD REISSUE: Reissue List


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

TRACK LISTING: 01 Cherry Pie * 02 Uncle Toms Cabin * 03 I Saw Red * 04 Bed Of Roses * 05 Sure Feels Good To Me * 06 Love In Stereo * 07 Blind Faith * 08 Song And Dance Man * 09 Your The Only Hell Your Mama Ever Raised * 10 Mr Rainmaker * 11 Train Train * 12 Ode To Tipper Gore


Another album that slipped through the GDM cracks, but given time and effort we'll gradually get to these hair metal classics. And that is what Warrant's second album 'Cherry Pie' is; a genuine hairspray legend, with the late Jani Lane coming into his own as a singer and songwriter. As much as their 1989 debut 'Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich' laid the platform by selling double-platinum figures, 'Cherry Pie' sees a band out to claim their identity once and for all. Released in September 1990, the album would spend the rest of 1990 and well into 1991, embedded in the charts.

The Songs
'Cherry Pie' (the album) spawned four singles, all of which were reasonably successful. 'Cherry Pie' (the single) was a late addition to the album after a request by CBS Management to include an Aerosmith like 'Love In An Elevator' type song. Jani Lane duly obliged, the song seemingly including overt sexual references throughout. The most interesting song for mine is 'Uncle Tom's Cabin', which could've meant numerous things, but at the time remained vague at best. The obvious reference is to the 1800's anti slavery book of the same name written by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Jani Lane originally stated that the song was to be called 'I Know A Secret', which you can still hear in the lyrics of the song. The other two notable songs were 'I Saw Red', which was a huge single for Warrant (reaching #10), though I doubt Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora would be less than pleased, as the song is about him, after Lane discovered him in the sack with his then girlfriend. Err yeah.. The fourth single is the rather awesome acoustic led 'Blind Faith', with a rich vocal chorus similar to Danger Danger's 'I Still Think About You'. Elsewhere, Warrant increase the tempo on 'Sure Feels Good To Me' and 'Love In Stereo', while the brief montage of 'Ode To Tipper Gore' is a gratuitous and expletive laden rant, all 54 seconds worth.

In Summary
A good record I will admit, and I'm glad it's getting the Rock Candy Records treatment in 2017. Warrant would release the much loved' Dog Eat Dog' and 'Ultraphobic' albums in 1992 and 1995, but would go and spoil things with the grunge flavoured 'Belly To Belly Volume 1' during 1996. Thank god there wasn't a Volume 2. There are a few other Warrant reviews here, and I will also pay tribute to the late Jani Lane (passed away in 2011), who was quite a genius songwriter. Kudos.

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#1 | gdazegod on March 06 2017 22:55:05
Warrant - 1990 Uncle Tom's Cabin

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#2 | gdazegod on March 06 2017 22:55:54
Warrant - 1990 I Saw Red

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#3 | gdazegod on March 06 2017 22:57:10
Warrant - 1990 Cherry Pie

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#4 | gdazegod on March 06 2017 22:58:38
Warrant - 1990 Blind Faith

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#5 | DEMONAOR on March 07 2017 09:48:54
Pretty good album that past my radar too. I heard the song cherry pia a zillion times, and liked it but never bought the album.
#6 | spawn71 on March 07 2017 19:07:00
Well, for me this the classic example of the hair metal formula: great melodies, huge choruses, excellent guitar work, tons of hooks. A bit too much (commercial) for someone, but I definitely take: I still love this record, it's full of positive energy and showcases very well the talent as a songwriter of mr Jani Lane (RIP)!
#7 | melodiapositiva on March 07 2017 19:46:12
And don't forget the great mike slamer solos!
#8 | reyno-roxx on March 07 2017 20:35:28
Beau Hill has stated that Mike Slamer was used to a much lesser degree on this album than the first.
#9 | swingkingandy on January 24 2018 14:29:29
good album. song uncle Tom's a stone cold classic! what about the album art with a strategically place slice of flan!Grin
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