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1. In a Guitar World interview, they revealed that they employed two guitar teachers to write the guitar solos for them.
2. The opening scream to "Cherry Pie" is Dee Snider, sampled from the Twisted Sister album Love Is for Suckers. Warrant and producer Beau Hill tried to pawn it off as Jani Lane's voice.
3. Jani's voice here is so multi-tracked that you don't even know if the guy can actually sing.
I decided that I didn't want to listen to music this fake anymore. I moved on to Led Zeppelin and I don't think that was a bad move.
Anyway, now that you have been forewarned, this is actually not a bad hard rock album which is why I gave it two stars. "Rainmaker", the cover of Blackfoot's "Train, Train" and especially "Uncle Tom's Cabin" all hold up remarkably well. "Uncle Tom's Cabin" is actually an excellent song, with its banjo opening and it's lyrically not even that bad. The worst tracks tend to be the hits -- "Cherry Pie" is embarassing, and "I Saw Red" was better in its acoustic version.
Which leads me to the bonus tracks. "Game Of War" was a pre-DRFSR demo and I have no idea why it's on this album. It's an OK song but would have been better released on the DRFSR remaster. "The Power" is a B-side from the dreadful "We Will Rock You" single, and should have been on a Dog Eat Dog reissue. So I am very confused by their inclusion here.Read more ›
I've listened to all of their albums (newer ones included) but I always go back to Cherry Pie. In my opinion this is their best album. DRFSR was very good but seemed to be restrained, both in terms of the music and the production. They were just starting out then, and it showed. Don't get me wrong, it's a good album and contains most of their hits. But I just don't think they were at their creative peak during that time. With Cherry Pie, on the other hand, Warrant let themselves loose and showed what they're capable of. The songs are more diverse (musically as well as lyrically) and the production is right on target and lets you really hear the songs to their full capacity.
Don't judge this album by the title track, as it's the only blatant "party" song on the album. In fact the song that directly follows, "Uncle Tom's Cabin," is about death and murder. "I Saw Red" is a very nice and well-written ballad about heartbreak (there's an excellent acoustic version on their Greatest Hits album worth checking out). The rest of the album follows the same tone with more great hard rock songs. The only track I could have done without is "Ode To Tipper Gore" which is basically one long stage banter collage of profanities.Read more ›
Sadly, this album doesn't hold up as well as some of its competition back in the late 80's. "Dirty, Rotten, Filthy, Stinking" was better, but even it lost some steam somewhere around 1992.
Warrant was cool back in the eighties, but now, a lot of people would laugh them off. I wouldn't, because I grew up listening to them and others of that period. They will never go down as an influential powerhouse, but somewhere right now, somebody is listening to "Cherry Pie," and loving it. If for no other reason but to relive that party back in junior year, buy this disc.
Cherry Pie is a classic hair metal album and definitively one of the best albums recorded.
Personally, I prefer the power ballad version of I Saw Red.
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this is one of the greatest hair metal records ever released, seeing as how I grew up during this era I know what i'm talking about. Read morePublished on June 9 2004 by A. Deming
CHERRY PIE is Warrant's second great album in a row. In fact, it's even better than the first one, as every single song, with the exception of "Ode To Tipper Gore", which... Read morePublished on June 7 2004