Warrant is an American glam metal band from Hollywood, California that experienced success from 1989-1996 with five albums reaching international sales of over 10 million.
In January 1988 Warrant signed a contract with Columbia Records, and in April they began recording their debut album “Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich.” It was a significant success, spawning 3 hits: the #2 power ballads “Heaven” and “Sometimes She Cries”, and the rock anthem “Down Boys.” The album peaked at #10 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified 2x platinum by the RIAA.
The band’s second record, “Cherry Pie,” was released in September 1990, and featured guest appearances by Poison’s C. C. DeVille, Danger Danger’s Bruno Ravel and Steve West, and Fiona. The album, which spawned the hits “Cherry Pie” (Featured in Guitar Hero II) , “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and “I Saw Red”, reached the Top Ten in the United States, and went on to sell 3 million copies. The record’s title track received strong exposure on MTV and became the band’s most successful single. The album peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200 chart and once again was certified 2x platinum by the RIAA.
The 1990s were characterized by frequent changes to the band’s line-up. In 1992, Warrant released “Dog Eat Dog.” The record achieved only moderate commercial success, but still sold over 500,000 copies attaining gold certification.
A Japanese deal was signed with Pony Canyon Records at the same time. “Ultraphobic”(1995) was released in March 1995 and, although critically acclaimed, was not as successful as its predecessors. This was followed by “Belly To Belly” (1996) which featured some of Lane’s most compelling writing but also failed to reach the bands former commercial success. In 1999 Warrant released “Greatest & Latest” featuring re-done versions of some their classics and 3 new tracks.
Warrant’s next record was an album of cover versions, “Under the Influence,” released in May 2001. Warrant released their 7th studio album entitled “Born Again” on February 4, 2006 with producer and engineer Pat Regan, who has previously worked with KISS, Deep Purple, Mr. Big and L.A. Guns.