For today’s installment of IIS? We’re going to talk about an album that was hated by the band that created it.
Warrant is perhaps best known for this album. Yes, it’s cheesy hair metal at its finest. Perhaps what makes it such a finely aged wheel of cheese is the title track, but when I pop the album in and cue it up I go for the other tracks.
So why is the song hated by the band?
Originally the song wasn’t going to be put on the album, however Don Ienner, then president of Columbia Records wanted a song similar in structure to Aerosmith’s Love in an Elevator. So the story goes Ienner called up front man Jani Lane and wanted this type of song. The song was written in fifteen minutes on a pizza box (on display in Destin, Florida’s Hard Rock Cafe) The band quickly regretted the song, as they viewed it to overshadow their previous singles.
“I could shoot myself in the fucking head for writing that song.”-Jani Lane
Lane then cleared up misconceptions on his view:
“Can I clear the air on that? They [VH1 producers] just caught me on a bad day. It was a bad moment—I was going through a divorce, my mom had just passed away, all this stuff was going on—and they sit me down in a chair and wanna start grilling me with questions, and I didn’t wanna be there, so … You know, push that interview to the side, I’m happy as a clam to have written a song that is still being played and still dug by so many people. It’s hard enough to write a song, let alone one that sticks around.”-Jani Lane
So, what of the other tracks?
The other tracks on this album are very, very good. Personal favorites include I Saw Red, which is a power ballad about a true experience. The song is slow and you could probably relate to the lyrics if you’ve been in that situation. Uncle Tom’s Cabin , which had Cherry Pie not been recorded was going to be the lead single off the album. U.T.C. starts off with acoustic guitar and quickly blasts into the stratosphere. One of the best songs on the album.
Bed of Roses is a decent ballad that is medium paced, but is slightly weak. Blind Faith is an excellent power ballad that is sure to get the lighters going at a concert. You’re the Only Hell Your Mama Ever Raised is a fun and raucous song that will get your feet tapping.
The only weak spot here is Train, Train a cover of Blackfoot’s well known southern rock song.
As you can see the album is quite good if you’re into hair metal. We here at IIS? are quite fond of hair metal, as it’s what some of us grew up on. If you’re getting into Warrant, this is a good “starter” album that won’t leave you disappointed. The hooks are all here, gift wrapped and ready to be delivered to you, the discerning music listener.
So, is it shit?
Not by a long shot, in fact this is one of their staples. The down boys will be glad you listened. 4/5