Cherry Pie (Warrant song)

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"Cherry Pie"
Cherry Pie Warrant single.jpg
Single by Warrant
from the album Cherry Pie
B-side"Thin Disguise"
ReleasedSeptember 8, 1990
Recorded1990
GenreGlam metal[1][2]
Length3:18
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)Jani Lane
Producer(s)Beau Hill
Warrant singles chronology
"Sometimes She Cries"
(1990)
"Cherry Pie"
(1990)
"I Saw Red"
(1990)
Music videos
"Cherry Pie" on YouTube

"Cherry Pie" is a song by the American glam metal band Warrant.[3] It was released on September 8, 1990, as the lead single from the album of the same name. It preceded the album's release by three days. The song became a Top Ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching number 10 and also reached number 19 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks.[4] The song has been cited by many as a "hair metal" anthem.[5][6]

Background and writing[edit]

"Cherry Pie" was a very late inclusion on the band's second album, originally the album was going to be called Uncle Tom's Cabin.[7] The president of Columbia Records, Don Ienner, wanted a rock anthem, so he called frontman Jani Lane (according to Lane, he wanted a song reminiscent of Aerosmith's "Love in an Elevator"), who wrote the song in about fifteen minutes. Allen stated that "the whole marketing and everything for that record changed. It was definitely driven by the label and not the band."[8] The song, which was inspired by Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me," which interestingly was also a last-minute addition to that group's Hysteria album,[9] was written down on a pizza box, which is now on display in the Hard Rock Cafe in Destin, Florida, part of the Destin Commons. The guitar solo was played by C.C. DeVille as a favor to Lane, who was a long-time friend.

Many of the band members felt that "Cherry Pie" was not one of the better songs on the album, and see the song as a double-edged sword: it brought them fame, but many of their other songs are overshadowed by the major hit.[citation needed] On VH1's HEAVY: The Story Of Metal episode 3: "Looks That Kill," Lane expressed his regret for writing the song, stating that "I could shoot myself in the fucking head for writing that song." However, he later clarified that he had been under personal stress at the time of the VH1 interview, and had no ill feelings towards his association with the song:[10]

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.

Music video[edit]

The video for "Cherry Pie" received heavy airplay on MTV and other music video stations. It featured the members of Warrant and a scantily clad woman (model Bobbie Brown) who is seen dancing throughout the video while the band members perform and make tongue-in-cheek references to the song's lyrics (for example, when the line referencing baseball is sung, Brown appears in a form-fitting baseball uniform, complete with a bat), all against a white background.[11]

Canadian cable-TV music network, MuchMusic refused to air the "Cherry Pie" video on the grounds that it was "offensively sexist".[12] Director Jeff Stein defended the video saying it was a parody: "It's so over-the-top, how could anyone would think it was anything but a spoof of other hair-metal videos, you know? If people think it was sexist, it was only sexist as a parody of sexism."[9]

Brown became involved with Lane soon after the video was filmed, and married him in 1991.[12]

Howard Johnson writing for Classic Rock ranked the song's video at No. 3 on their list of The Top 10 Best Hair Metal Videos.[13]

Alternate versions[edit]

"Cherry Pie" was re-visited by the band in 1999 on their Greatest & Latest album and was released as a promo and later iTunes single[14] and was also released on several mixed compilation albums. In 2004, Lane recorded an acoustic version of "Cherry Pie", which featured on the second VH1 Classic Metal Mania: Stripped compilation. An electronic remix of "Cherry Pie" was released in 2015 by Lack Jemmon.[15]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1990-1991) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[16] 6
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[17] 57
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[18] 37
UK Singles (OCC)[19] 35
US Billboard Hot 100[20] 10
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[21] 19

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christopher, Michael (May 25, 2017). "Rock Music Menu: Chris Cornell: The last great rock star". Delaware County Daily Times. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  2. ^ "The Ultimate Hair Metal Party Playlist". Kerrang!. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  3. ^ Gostin, Nicki (March 25, 2015). "'Cherry Pie' girl Bobbi Brown: 'I wanted to shoot myself'". Fox News. Retrieved July 8, 2020. She was the sexy "Cherry Pie" girl in hair metal band Warrant's infamous music video.
  4. ^ "Allmusic (Warrant charts and awards) Billboard singles".
  5. ^ "Readers' Poll: The Best Hair Metal Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. June 20, 2012. Retrieved July 8, 2020.
  6. ^ Sleazegrinder (December 4, 2015). "The 20 Best Hair Metal Anthems Of All Time Ever". loudersound. Retrieved March 3, 2021.
  7. ^ VH1, Heavy: The Story of Metal
  8. ^ Interview with Joey Allen
  9. ^ a b Kielty, Martin (September 11, 2020). "Was Warrant's 'Cherry Pie' Video as Sexist as It Seemed?". Ultimate Classic Rock. Archived from the original on September 11, 2020. Retrieved April 12, 2021.
  10. ^ "Blabbermouth.net". Archived from the original on December 21, 2007. Retrieved November 21, 2007.
  11. ^ "Fortunecity.com". Archived from the original on November 26, 2004. Retrieved June 21, 2007.
  12. ^ a b Downboys.com Archived June 10, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Johnson, Howard (July 21, 2016). "The Top 10 Best Hair Metal Videos". Classic Rock Magazine. Retrieved March 15, 2021.
  14. ^ "Warrant digital singles". Digital. Archived from the original on May 7, 2013. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  15. ^ "Lack Jemmon - Cherry Pie". Ghetto Funk. October 22, 2015. Retrieved December 24, 2020.
  16. ^ "Warrant – Cherry Pie". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 14 August 2021.
  17. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 9156." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  18. ^ "Warrant – Cherry Pie". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 14 August 2021.
  19. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  20. ^ "Warrant Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  21. ^ "Warrant Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 16 February 2021.