HOME

TheInfoList




''Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich'' is the debut studio album by American
glam metal Glam metal (also called hair metal, hair bands and lite metal) is a subgenre of heavy metal Heavy metal may refer to: *Heavy metals, a loose category of relatively dense metals and metalloids **Toxic heavy metal, any heavy metal chemical el ...
band Warrant, released in 1989. The album was highly successful, spawning the hit singles "
Heaven Heaven or the heavens, is a common religious cosmological or transcendent supernatural The supernatural encompasses supposed phenomena or entities that are not subject to the . This term is attributed to , such as s, s, , and . It also ...
" (No. 2, 1989), "
Down Boys Down Boys is the debut single by United States, American rock music, rock band Warrant (American band), Warrant. The single was released in 1989 in music, 1989 from Warrant's debut album ''Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich''. The song charted at #2 ...
" (No. 27, 1989) and " Sometimes She Cries" (No. 20, 1990). The album peaked at number 10 on the Billboard 200. The unique cover art features "Fugazi", known as "Cashly Guido Bucksley" in the "Big Talk" music video, an overpaid, amoral
infrastructure Infrastructure is the set of fundamental facilities and systems that support the sustainable functionality of households and firms. Serving a country, city, or other area, including the services and facilities necessary for its economy An ec ...

infrastructure
manager Management (or managing) is the administration of an organization, whether it is a business, a not-for-profit, non-profit organization, or a government body. It is the art and science of managing resources. Management includes the activities ...

manager
and archetypal
business psychopath The presence of psychopathy in the workplace—although psychopathy, psychopaths typically represent a relatively small percentage of workplace staff—can do enormous damage when in senior management roles. Psychopaths are usually most common at h ...
. The first four words of the album's title ("Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinkin'...!") were mentioned in the intro to the
title track A title track is the primary song promoted song in an album or film in which it appears. It typically has the same name as the album. Title track may also refer to: Music * "Title Track", a song by Death Cab for Cutie from their 2000 album ''We ...
of their 1990 follow-up album ''
Cherry Pie Cherry pie is a pie baked with a cherry filling. Traditionally, cherry pie is made with sour cherries rather than sweet cherries. Sour Cherry, Morello cherries are one of the most common kinds of cherry used, but other varieties such as the bla ...
''.


Musical style

The album's sound is typical of the
Sunset Strip The Sunset Strip is the stretch of Sunset Boulevard Sunset Boulevard is a boulevard A boulevard ( French, originally meaning bastion, abbreviated as bd in Metropolitan French, boul in Canadian French, and Blvd in English), is a ...
glam metal Glam metal (also called hair metal, hair bands and lite metal) is a subgenre of heavy metal Heavy metal may refer to: *Heavy metals, a loose category of relatively dense metals and metalloids **Toxic heavy metal, any heavy metal chemical el ...
scene of the 1980s, featuring heavy guitars and melodic, catchy choruses.


Production and marketing

The album was released amidst some controversy. It was widely rumored that guitarists
Erik Turner Erik Turner (born March 31, 1964) is best known as the rhythm guitarist in American glam metal band Warrant. Turner co-founded Warrant in Los Angeles, California Los Angeles (; es, Los Ángeles; "The Angels"), officially the City of ...

Erik Turner
and
Joey Allen Joseph Alan Cagle, known professionally as Joey Allen, is best known as the lead guitarist of the American glam metal band Warrant (American band), Warrant. Allen was born as Joseph Alan Cagle on June 23, 1964 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, but grew up ...
had not played a note on the album and that all guitar work had been performed by ex-
Streets Streets is the plural of street, a type of road. Streets or The Streets may also refer to: * The Streets, alias of Mike Skinner, a British rapper * Streets (film), ''Streets'' (film), a 1990 American horror film * Streets (ice cream), an Australian ...
guitarist and session musician
Mike Slamer Michael Chetwynd Slamer is a British guitarist. Biography Slamer started his career playing in the UK prog-rock band City Boy (band), City Boy. Since then, he has worked as a staff composer for various movies and TV series, has been a session mu ...
. 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 Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice. A person who sings is called a singer or vocalist (in jazz and popular music). Singers perform music (arias, recitatives, songs, etc.) that can be sung accompaniment, with or a cap ...

vocalist
Jani Lane Jani Lane (February 1, 1964 – August 11, 2011) was an American recording artist and the lead vocalist, frontman, lyricist and main songwriter for the glam metal band Warrant (American band), Warrant. From Hollywood, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Cali ...
walked in on his best friend in bed with his girlfriend, leading to his
nervous breakdown A mental disorder, also called a mental illness or psychiatric disorder, is a behavioral or mental pattern that causes significant distress or impairment of personal functioning. Such features may be persistent, relapsing In internal medici ...
, and its release was delayed by several months while Lane recovered. These events would later be recounted in the single "
I Saw Red "I Saw Red" is a breakup ballad by United States, American rock music, rock band Warrant (American band), Warrant. It was released in December 1990 as the second single from Warrant's second album ''Cherry Pie (album), Cherry Pie''. The song was o ...
" on the band's following album, ''
Cherry Pie Cherry pie is a pie baked with a cherry filling. Traditionally, cherry pie is made with sour cherries rather than sweet cherries. Sour Cherry, Morello cherries are one of the most common kinds of cherry used, but other varieties such as the bla ...
''. The record was produced and engineered by
Beau Hill Beau Hill is an American record producer who is best known for his work with Alice Cooper, Kix (band), Kix, Winger (band), Winger, Streets (band), Streets, Warrant (American band), Warrant, Fiona (singer), Fiona, Europe (band), Europe, and Ratt. H ...
, who also contributed keyboards and backing vocals. It was recorded at The Enterprise in
Burbank, California Burbank is a city in the southeastern end of the San Fernando Valley The San Fernando Valley, known locally as "the Valley", is an urbanized valley A valley is an elongated low area often running between hills or mountains, which ...
.


Songs

The album's themes, which include materialism ("32 Pennies", "D.R.F.S.R"), sex ("
Down Boys Down Boys is the debut single by United States, American rock music, rock band Warrant (American band), Warrant. The single was released in 1989 in music, 1989 from Warrant's debut album ''Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich''. The song charted at #2 ...
", "So Damn Pretty", "Cold Sweat"), heartbreak ("
Heaven Heaven or the heavens, is a common religious cosmological or transcendent supernatural The supernatural encompasses supposed phenomena or entities that are not subject to the . This term is attributed to , such as s, s, , and . It also ...
") 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 arrant'scatalog, and certainly at the top of both categories in terms of their hit singles." The second single was the smash hit "
Heaven Heaven or the heavens, is a common religious cosmological or transcendent supernatural The supernatural encompasses supposed phenomena or entities that are not subject to the . This term is attributed to , such as s, s, , and . It also ...
" 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". Beau Hill remixed the song for the single release. The first 250,000 copies of the record featured the original version while later pressings featured a new version.Biography at Rock Detector.com
"Heaven" had previously been recorded by Jani Lane and Steven Sweet's old band Plain Jane (band), Plain Jane. "Big Talk (song), 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.


Reception

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 [1989], 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".


Track listing


Personnel

;Warrant *
Jani Lane Jani Lane (February 1, 1964 – August 11, 2011) was an American recording artist and the lead vocalist, frontman, lyricist and main songwriter for the glam metal band Warrant (American band), Warrant. From Hollywood, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Cali ...
– lead vocals, acoustic guitar *
Joey Allen Joseph Alan Cagle, known professionally as Joey Allen, is best known as the lead guitarist of the American glam metal band Warrant (American band), Warrant. Allen was born as Joseph Alan Cagle on June 23, 1964 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, but grew up ...
– rhythm guitar *
Erik Turner Erik Turner (born March 31, 1964) is best known as the rhythm guitarist in American glam metal band Warrant. Turner co-founded Warrant in Los Angeles, California Los Angeles (; es, Los Ángeles; "The Angels"), officially the City of ...

Erik Turner
– rhythm guitar *Jerry Dixon (musician), Jerry Dixon – bass *Steven Sweet – drums ;Additional personnel *
Mike Slamer Michael Chetwynd Slamer is a British guitarist. Biography Slamer started his career playing in the UK prog-rock band City Boy (band), City Boy. Since then, he has worked as a staff composer for various movies and TV series, has been a session mu ...
- guitar solos on all tracks *
Beau Hill Beau Hill is an American record producer who is best known for his work with Alice Cooper, Kix (band), Kix, Winger (band), Winger, Streets (band), Streets, Warrant (American band), Warrant, Fiona (singer), Fiona, Europe (band), Europe, and Ratt. H ...
- keyboards, backing vocals *Bekka Bramlett - backing vocals ;Production *Beau Hill - producer, engineer, mixing (5, 7, 10) *Joel Stoner - engineer *John Jansen (producer), John Jansen - mixing (except 5, 7, 10)


Charts and certifications


Charts

Album Singles


Certifications


Video Album

''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 (calling himself "Cashly Guido Bucksley") watching Warrant in concert. The video was certified Platinum.


Track listing

#"So Damn Pretty" #"Ridin' High" #"32 Pennies" #"
Heaven Heaven or the heavens, is a common religious cosmological or transcendent supernatural The supernatural encompasses supposed phenomena or entities that are not subject to the . This term is attributed to , such as s, s, , and . It also ...
" (music video) #"
Down Boys Down Boys is the debut single by United States, American rock music, rock band Warrant (American band), Warrant. The single was released in 1989 in music, 1989 from Warrant's debut album ''Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich''. The song charted at #2 ...
" #"Cold Sweat" #"D.R.F.S.R." #" Sometimes She Cries" #"Big Talk (song), Big Talk" (music video)


Certifications


References


External links


Warrant: What could have been ?
{{Authority control Warrant (American band) albums 1989 debut albums 1990 video albums Columbia Records albums Columbia Records video albums Albums produced by Beau Hill Albums with cover art by Mark Ryden