WARRANT (1989–PRESENT). Jani Lane (vocals), Erik Turner (guitar), Joey Allen (guitar), Jerry Dixon (bass), Steven Sweet (drums).
One of the last pop metal bands of the eighties to hit it big before the emergence of grunge and alternative rock put an end to the scene, Warrant emerged from same Sunset Strip rock scene that Guns N’ Roses and Poison came from. After making a local splash with their derivative yet tuneful metal, the band signed with Columbia Records, releasing their debut, Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich, in 1989. The album spawned the hits “Down Boys,” “Heaven,” and “Sometimes She Cries,” and helped the album go platinum. The band’s videos for the singles also became favorites on MTV. The band’s sophomore album, Cherry Pie, released the following year was another huge success, with the title track becoming a hit single and video. The vocalist shortly thereafter married model Bobbi Brown, who starred in the video.
The band’s third album, Dog Eat Dog, released in 1992, was a relative disappointment, only going gold, and the band shared the fate of many of their pop-metal contemporaries as the genre suffered a general decline in popularity in the wake of alternative rock’s emergence. Moving to the smaller label CMC International, the band released Ultraphobic in 1995, which sold much more modestly. The band’s activities have been much more sporadic since, although they have benefited somewhat from the eighties nostalgia that has seen them tour somewhat successfully with other of their contemporaries in package tours.
Discography: Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich (Columbia, 1989); Cherry Pie (Columbia, 1990); Dog Eat Dog (Columbia, 1992); Ultraphobic (CMC International, 1995); Belly to Belly (CMC International, 1996); Under the Influence (Perris, 2001); Born Again (Deadline, 2006); Compilations: The Best of Warrant (Sony Legacy, 1996); Warrant Live 1986–1997 (CMC International, 1997); Most Wanted (Mausoleum, 2004); Extended Versions [live] (BMG Special Products, 2005).