Cherry Pie (album)

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Cherry Pie
Cherrypie.jpg
Studio album by Warrant
Released September 11, 1990
Recorded 1990
Genre Glam metal
Hard Rock
Length 38:14
Label Columbia, CBS
Producer Beau Hill
Warrant chronology
Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich
(1989)
Cherry Pie
(1990)
Dog Eat Dog
(1992)
Singles from Cherry Pie
  1. "Cherry Pie"
    Released: September 8, 1990
  2. "I Saw Red"
    Released: December 14, 1990
  3. "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
    Released: April 1991
  4. "Blind Faith"
    Released: July 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyC (1990)[3]
C− (1991)[4]
Los Angeles Times2.5/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[6]

Cherry Pie is the second studio album by American rock band Warrant, released September 11, 1990. The album is the band's best-known and highest-selling release and peaked at number 7 on The Billboard 200.[7] The album featured the hits "Cherry Pie" , "I Saw Red", "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and "Blind Faith".

Production and marketing[edit]

Cherry Pie was released on September 11, 1990 through Columbia Records. Like its predecessor, Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich, it was recorded at The Enterprise in Burbank, California.

It is rumored that 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.[8] The rumor has never been verified, although Slamer's wife confirmed in 1998 that her husband played guitar on the record.[9] The album's liner notes refer to Turner's function as "G-string" and Allen's as "Bong Riffs", adding that "Erik & Joey would like to thank Mike Slamer & Tommy Girvin for their Wielding G string Inspirations". 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".[10]

Slamer was joined by numerous other guest performers; the record also features contributions from Jani Lane's brother Erik Oswald, guitarist C. C. DeVille from Poison, guitarist and bassist Bruno Ravel and drummer Steve West from Danger Danger, and singer Fiona.

The album carried a parental advisory sticker in the United States, due to the final track, "Ode to Tipper Gore", which consisted of a collection of swear words cut from the band's live performances. A "clean" version of the album also existed, with the final track removed, and an audible "bleep" of a curse in a previous song. The album's eleventh song "Train, Train" featured the line "All a-fucking-board" at the beginning, which was removed from the clean version.

Canadian cable-TV music network MuchMusic refused to air the "Cherry Pie" video on the grounds that it was "offensively sexist".[11]

Songs[edit]

The album's themes include sex ("Cherry Pie", "Sure Feels Good to Me", "Love in Stereo"), love and devotion ("Mr. Rainmaker", "Blind Faith"), and betrayal ("I Saw Red", "Train, Train"). The song "Train, Train" is a cover version of a song originally performed by the band Blackfoot on their 1979 album Strikes.

"Cherry Pie", which is probably Warrant's best-known song, was dedicated to the president of Sony Music Entertainment US Don Ienner. The dedication was no doubt inspired by the record company pressure which led to the track's creation. The record was completed without the song, but Warrant's label requested that a new rock "anthem" be added in order to enhance its marketability. Vocalist Lane responded by writing "Cherry Pie" in 15 minutes. Bassist Jerry Dixon and guitarist Allen, who believed the album was complete and were playing in a charity golf tournament in Denver, were called back to Los Angeles to complete the track.[12] The single comprises a string of metaphorical references to sex and bears some melodic resemblance to Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me", and Joan Jett's "I Love Rock n' Roll". The guitar solo was performed by Poison's guitarist C. C. DeVille. At the end of the solo, a vocal aside acknowledges "trained professional".

"Cherry Pie" soon became a Top Ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching number 10 and also reached number 19 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks.[13] The song has been cited by many as a "rock anthem".[14] In 2009, it was named the 56th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.[15]

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 above-quoted line referencing baseball is sung, Bobbie appears in a form-fitting baseball kit, complete with a bat), all against a white background.[16]

Bobbie became involved with Jani Lane soon after the video was shot, and married him in 1991.[17]

The record's second single was "I Saw Red", a power ballad inspired by a true story of betrayal. It was written after Lane had walked in on his girlfriend in bed with his best friend, resulting in his nervous breakdown and the delayed release of the band's first record Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich.[18] The song was one of Warrant's most successful singles, reaching number ten on the Billboard Hot 100, number fourteen on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart[19] and #36 on the Australian charts and spawning two music video's.

Prior to the writing of the song "Cherry Pie", the album's title and first single was to have been "Uncle Tom's Cabin", a track which foreshadowed the kind of imaginative song writing which would later be more fully revealed on the Dog Eat Dog record. Although named after the classic novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe, the song tells the story of a witness to the involvement of local police in a double murder and appeared to have nothing to do with slavery, racism, or the Deep South (although the video for the song was set in Louisiana). It was eventually released as the third single (removing the solo acoustic guitar intro) and charted at #78 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #19 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.[20]

"Blind Faith" was released as the fourth single from album. The song charted at #88 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #39 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart[21] and also featured a music video.

In popular culture[edit]

The song "Cherry Pie" from this album is featured in the video game Guitar Hero II. It is also featured as Nancy Gribble's cell phone ring tone on King of the Hill, Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, Grown Ups 2, in an advertisement for XM radio, and in the twelfth episode of the animated series Mission Hill. It also appears in the 2007 American Comedy Film "Kickin' It Old School".

On May 1, 2007, "Cherry Pie" was featured on ECW's Extreme Expose.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jani Lane, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Cherry Pie" 3:20
2."Uncle Tom's Cabin" 4:01
3."I Saw Red" 3:47
4."Bed of Roses"Bonnie Hayes, Lane4:04
5."Sure Feels Good to Me"Johnny B. Frank, Lane, Danny Stag2:39
6."Love in Stereo" 3:06
7."Blind Faith" 3:33
8."Song and Dance Man" 2:58
9."You're the Only Hell Your Mama Ever Raised" 3:34
10."Mr. Rainmaker" 3:29
11."Train, Train" (Blackfoot cover)Shorty Medlocke2:49
12."Ode to Tipper Gore" (Live) 0:55
Total length:38:14
Bonus Tracks
No.TitleLength
13."Game of War" (Demo)3:38
14."The Power" (Demo)3:00
Rock Candy 2017 Reissue Bonus Tracks
No.TitleLength
15."Thin Disguise"3:16
16."I Saw Red" (Acoustic)3:47
17."Cherry Pie" (Single Version)3:12

Personnel[edit]

Warrant
Additional personnel
Production
  • Jimmy Hoyson - engineering, mixing
  • Martin Horenburg - assistant engineer
  • Dave Collins - digital editing, sequencing
  • Hugh Syme - art direction, design
  • Danny Stag - arrangements
  • Johnny B. Frank - arrangements
  • Ted Jensen - mastering

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1990 The Billboard 200 7

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1990 "Cherry Pie" Mainstream Rock Tracks 19
The Billboard Hot 100 10
"I Saw Red" Mainstream Rock Tracks 14
The Billboard Hot 100 10
1991 "Uncle Tom's Cabin" Mainstream Rock Tracks 19
The Billboard Hot 100 78
"Blind Faith" Mainstream Rock Tracks 39
The Billboard Hot 100 88

Video album[edit]

Cherry Pie: Quality You Can Taste is the second video album from "Warrant" released in 1991. The video features backstage interviews, concert clips including a preview of the band's next album and the music videos from Cherry Pie.

  1. Cherry Pie
  2. I Saw Red
  3. Blind Faith
  4. Uncle Tom's Cabin
  5. I Saw Red (Acoustic version)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Cherry Pie - Warrant". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-09-23.
  2. ^ DeKnock, Jan (1990-11-15). "Warrant Cherry Pie (Columbia)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2018-09-23.
  3. ^ Sandow, Greg (1990-09-14). "Graded music reviews the week of September 14, 1990". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2018-09-23.
  4. ^ Marsh, Dave (1991-01-25). "The death of rock". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2018-09-23.
  5. ^ Hunt, Dennis (1990-09-16). "** 1/2 WARRANT "Cherry Pie" Columbia". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-09-23.
  6. ^ Mendelssohn, John (1990-10-18). "Warrant: Cherry Pie". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-11-03. Retrieved 2018-09-23.
  7. ^ "Allmusic (Warrant charts & awards) Billboard albums".
  8. ^ Recordings at Cityboy Recordings
  9. ^ The Unofficial Streets Homepage Retrieved November 3, 2005
  10. ^ "Beau Hill: 'Your Only Constraint Is Your Own Imagination'". Ultimate-Guitar.com. Archived from the original on 2012-01-12.
  11. ^ Warrant History Archived 2007-06-10 at the Wayback Machine. at Downboys.com
  12. ^ Metal Sludge interview with Joey Allen
  13. ^ "Allmusic (Warrant charts and awards) Billboard singles".
  14. ^ Press release
  15. ^ "spreadit.org music". Archived from the original on February 12, 2009. Retrieved February 7, 2009.
  16. ^ Fortunecity.com Archived 2004-11-26 at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ Storey, Kate. "Cherry Pie vixen". New York Post.
  18. ^ Warrant at the Rock Hole
  19. ^ "Allmusic (Warrant charts and awards) Billboard singles".
  20. ^ "Allmusic (Warrant charts and awards) Billboard singles". Allmusic.
  21. ^ "Allmusic (Warrant charts and awards) Billboard singles". Allmusic.