In the summer of '10 there was a news clip that said Warrant's lead singer, Jani Lane, was ordered to serve 120 days in jail after pleading no contest to his second DUI charge in less than a year. Officers at the scene reported that Lane blew twice the legal limit in a Breathalyzer test and failed field sobriety tests. Lane also lost his license for three years and was required to complete a 30-month alcohol education program.
There are a lot of bands who outlive their usefulness, where each reckless appearance only creates a shudder of embarrassment. Warrant is one of those bands.
The down and dirty is this: Guitarist Erik Turner started the band in L.A. Members came and went but nothing much happened until Lane joined, becoming the band's main songwriter.
Warrant scored points on the L.A. club scene before misadventures with Prince's Paisley Park Records and A&M. But false starts aside, the band signed with Columbia Records, releasing their debut album "Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinkin' Rich" which featured power ballads "Heaven" and "Sometimes She Cries", and the anthem "Down Boys." There was some question as to who actually wrote "Heaven" but a few bucks to a non-band member made the problem go away.
Their sophomore set, "Cherry Pie," with the irrepressible title track, "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and "I Saw Red" was the band's crowning moment.
The '90 set sold three million copies but the '92 follow-up "Dog Eat Dog" only did 500,000. The popular myth was Grunge came along and fried the hair bands worse than any blow dryer ever could. But the truth was Warrant, and others, were done by then. They had their shot now it was time to fade away - which they did, more or less.
Through the '90s, Lane's departures and returns were heralded as big news - which they weren't. The band ventured into the studio with less than stellar results. Compounding their self-destructive nature they released "Greatest & Latest" in '99 with re-recordings of their best known stuff plus some new tracks. Didn't help.
In '04 Lane left the band with a couple current members and there was a dispute as to who could use the Warrant logo. Lane's edition was forced to cancel shows. But four years later Lane, who had subsequently returned, left again. This time he was replaced by Robert Mason (ex-Lynch Mob). That apparently gave Lane a lot of time to kill.
Warrant's Glam-Metal is actually fun - in a late '80s kind of way. "Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinkin' Rich" and "Cherry Pie" are the albums that matter. But a more economical and likely satisfying option is "Best Of Warrant." But before making a purchase, think whether there was any coming-of-age male living in the house in the late '80s. If the answer is 'yes' check the box in the closet under the stairs - you probably already have Warrant.