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''Cherry Pie'' is the second studio album by American
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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. The album featured the top 40 hits "
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" and "
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".


Production and marketing

''Cherry Pie'' was released on September 11, 1990 through
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. Like its predecessor, ''
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'', it was recorded at The Enterprise in
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. It is rumored that
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and
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had not played a note on the album and that all guitar work had been performed by ex-
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guitarist and session musician
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. The rumor has never been verified, although Slamer's wife confirmed in 1998 that her husband played guitar on the record. The album's liner notes refer to Turner's function as "
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" and Allen's as "Bong Riffs", adding that "Erik & Joey would like to thank Mike Slamer &
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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". 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 (American band), Poison, guitarist and bassist Bruno Ravel and drummer Steve West (Danger Danger), Steve West from Danger Danger, and singer Fiona (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".


Songs

The album's lead single, "
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", 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. The single comprises a string of metaphorical references to sex and bears some melodic resemblance to Def Leppard, Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me", and Arrows (British band), The Arrows' "I Love Rock 'n' Roll". The guitar solo was performed by Poison (American band), Poison's guitarist C. C. DeVille. At the end of the solo, a vocal aside acknowledges "trained professional". "Cherry Pie" became a Top 40, Top Ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100, ''Billboard'' Hot 100, reaching number 10 and also reached number 19 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks. The song has been cited by many as a "rock anthem". In 2009, it was named the 56th best hard rock song of all time by VH1. 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. Bobbie became involved with Jani Lane soon after the video was shot, and married him in 1991. The record's second single was "
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", 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 ''
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''. The song was one of Warrant's most successful singles, reaching number ten on the Billboard Hot 100, ''Billboard'' Hot 100, number fourteen on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart 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 (song), 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 (Warrant album), 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 number 78 on the Billboard Hot 100, ''Billboard'' Hot 100 and number 19 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. "Blind Faith (Warrant song), Blind Faith" was released as the fourth single from album. The song charted at number 88 on the Billboard Hot 100, ''Billboard'' Hot 100 and number 39 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and also featured a music video.


Track listing


Personnel

Warrant * Jani Lane – vocals, acoustic guitar, arranger *
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, and grew u ...
– rhythm guitar, banjo *
Erik Turner Erik Turner (born March 31, 1964) is best known as the rhythm guitarist in 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 ...

Erik Turner
– rhythm guitar, arrangement * Jerry Dixon (musician), Jerry Dixon – bass guitar * Steven Sweet – drums Additional personnel * C. C. DeVille – guitar solo on track 1 *
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 m ...
– guitar solos on all songs except on track 1 * Eric Oswald (Jani Lane's brother) – acoustic intro on Uncle Tom's Cabin (song), Uncle Tom's Cabin * Scott Warren – keyboards * Bruno Ravel – backing vocals * Steve West (Danger Danger), Steve West – backing vocals * Fiona (singer), Fiona – backing vocals * Alan Hewitt (musician), Alan Hewitt – organ, piano, strings * Beau Hill – organ, banjo, arrangement, keyboards, production, mixing * Paul Harris – piano, strings * Juke Logan – harmonica Production * Jimmy Hoyson – engineering, mixing * Martin Horenburg – assistant engineer * Dave Collins – digital editing, sequencing * Hugh Syme – art direction, design *Dale Lavi – photography * Danny Stag – arrangements * Johnny B. Frank – arrangements * Ted Jensen – mastering


Charts

Album Singles


Certifications


Video album

''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''. # "Cherry Pie" # "I Saw Red" # "Blind Faith" # "Uncle Tom's Cabin" # "I Saw Red" (acoustic version)


References

{{DEFAULTSORT:Cherry Pie (Album) Warrant (American band) albums 1990 albums Albums produced by Beau Hill Columbia Records albums