Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich
|Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich|
Original album artwork by Mark Ryden Released = January 31, 1989
|Studio album by Warrant|
|Genre||Hard rock, glam metal|
|Singles from Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich|
The album was highly successful, spawning the hit singles "Heaven" (No. 2, 1989), "Down Boys" (No. 27, 1989) and "Sometimes She Cries" (No. 20, 1990). The album peaked at number 10 on the Billboard 200.
Production and marketing
The album was released amidst some controversy. It was widely rumored that guitarists Erik Turner and Joey Allen had not played a note on the album and that all guitar work had been performed by ex Streets guitarist and session musician Mike Slamer. While the rumor has never been verified, Slamer's wife confirmed in 1998 that her husband played guitar on the record. Mike Slamer has stated in interviews that he played guitar and the lead solos on the album. Producer Beau Hill stated in a 2012 interview that Slamer did in fact play on the album. Beau had said to the band that the "songs are really great, but I think we’re a little weak in the solo department and so I like to bring somebody in". Beau also stated that "everybody in the band signed off on it and everything was done above ground".
During the recording of the album, vocalist Jani Lane walked in on his best friend in bed with his girlfriend, leading to his nervous breakdown, and its release was delayed by several months while Lane recovered. These events would later be recounted in the single "I Saw Red" on the band's following album, Cherry Pie.
The album's themes, which include materialism ("32 Pennies", "D.R.F.S.R"), sex ("Down Boys", "So Damn Pretty", "Cold Sweat"), heartbreak ("Heaven") and loneliness ("Sometimes She Cries"), would be echoed on later Warrant releases.
The debut single from the band was "Down Boys", the song has been described as "one of the toughest, heaviest songs in [Warrant's] catalog, and certainly at the top of both categories in terms of their hit singles."
The second single was the smash hit "Heaven" which took Warrant's record company by surprise. Indeed, once the widespread appeal of the song became apparent, the band were instructed to re-record the track to lend it a "bigger radio sound". The first 250,000 copies of the record featured the original version while later pressings featured a new version. "Heaven" had previously been recorded by Jani Lane and Steven Sweet's old band Plain Jane.
"Big Talk" was released as the third single followed by the popular "Sometimes She Cries" as the fourth single. All the singles featured music videos.
Allmusic gave Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich a rating of four out of five stars, saying that the album was "sleek and clean, built on processed guitars and cavernous drums" and that it "sounds exactly like that year , both for better and worse." Dave Reynolds of Kerrang! considers the album "hardly outstanding", with only "a bunch of distinctly average songs matched to a brace of worthwhile moments".
All tracks written by Jani Lane.
- "32 Pennies" – 3:09
- "Down Boys" – 4:04
- "Big Talk" – 3:43
- "Sometimes She Cries" – 4:44
- "So Damn Pretty (Should Be Against the Law)" – 3:33
- "D.R.F.S.R." – 3:17
- "In the Sticks" – 4:06
- "Heaven" – 3:57
- "Ridin' High" – 3:06
- "Cold Sweat" – 3:32
- "Only a Man (demo)" - 4:22
- "All Night Long (demo)" - 2:42
- Jani Lane – lead vocals, acoustic guitar
- Joey Allen – guitar
- Erik Turner – guitar
- Jerry Dixon – bass
- Steven Sweet – drums
- Additional personnel
- Beau Hill - producer, engineer, mixing
- Joel Stoner - engineer
- John Jansen - mixing
|1989||The Billboard 200||10|
Singles - Billboard (United States)
|1989||"Heaven"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||3|
|1989||"Heaven"||The Billboard Hot 100||2|
|1989||"Down Boys"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||13|
|1989||"Down Boys"||The Billboard Hot 100||27|
|1989||"Big Talk"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||30|
|1989||"Big Talk"||The Billboard Hot 100||93|
|1990||"Sometimes She Cries"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||11|
|1989||"Sometimes She Cries"||The Billboard Hot 100||20|
|Live - Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich|
|Video by Warrant|
|Released||16 January 1990|
|Recorded||Bucksley Arena, Tampa, Florida, 1989|
|Genre||Glam metal, hard rock|
Warrant: Live - Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich is the first Warrant video album released in 1990 on VHS and Laserdisc, featuring the band performing live in concert on the D.R.F.S.R tour in 1989. The video features the album cover character watching Warrant in concert. The video was certified Platinum 
- "So Damn Pretty"
- "Ridin' High"
- "32 Pennies"
- "Heaven" (music video)
- "Down Boys"
- "Cold Sweat"
- "Sometimes She Cries"
- "Big Talk" (music video)
- "Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-10-18.
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- Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich, sleeve notes.
- Info from Cityboy Recordings
- Interview with Slamer's wife
- Rockhole Bravepages.com
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- Biography at Rock Detector.com
- Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich - Warrant". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-07-23.
- Reynolds, Dave (21 January 1989). "Rich Rags". Kerrang! 222. London, UK: Spotlight Publications ltd. p. 20.
- "Warrant RIAA Gold and Platinum Certifications".