Warrant - Cherry Pie CD
If you applied a microscope to the late '80s American hard rock scene, looking for one pivotal song that encompassed the period, then you'd be hard pressed to get past 'Cherry Pie', a track that was all conquering at the time, firmly establishing itself as one of the era's calling cards. With MTV embracing the accompanying video, and US radio elevating the track into overdrive, Warrant could do no wrong and deservedly so. Emerging out of the Los Angeles Sunset Strip hotbed, the band initially struggled to gain a foothold, but eventually attracted major management and a coveted contract with industry heavyweight Columbia Records. Their debut album surpassed expectations, and produced a #2 hit single, spring boarding sales way in excess of gold status. The scene was set for their sophomore album but nobody was ready for the explosion of success that followed. Cherry Pie, once again produced by veteran studio wizard Beau Hill (Winger, RATT, KIX) and originally issued in 1990, launched the band to even bigger success; the title track becoming one of the most played songs of the year and a virtual prime time MTV staple. In addition, the band's front man Jani Lane had become a poster boy for the movement, with his, and the band's, faces splattered over virtually every music magazine around. Musically the album was far superior to their debut and decidedly heavier.