Saturday, February 14, 2009

Warrant - Heaven 1989

Every hard rock band in the 1980's had a love ballad, which is categorized for example as (Rock Ballad, Power Ballad, and Hard Rock Ballad). Some of the most notable are Night Ranger's "Sister Christian" and White Snake's "Is This love". I would place Warrant's "Heaven" in a similar rock ballad subgenre. As I remember the first time hearing this song, it was far from a romantic setting. On a Saturday night I went to a club to see a heavy metal band in Miami Beach with some friends, which included Deniz and Leo, then afterwards we went back to someone's apartment. I can't remember whose place it was; however there was a big, tan colored, L-shaped, comfortable sofa placed around a big screen projection TV. It was early morning and some of the group had been drinking. I was dead tired trying to keep my eyes open, knowing that I had a long ride back home to Miami Springs. As we were hanging out just chilling, I remember seeing the Warrant video - Heaven on MTV... It was just a moment of complete relaxation. ~ Kenny Leibow

Below is a short biography of the group Warrant along with that infamous Sony music video featuring Warrant's song "Heaven":

With a pair of double-platinum albums and three Top Ten singles, Warrant were one of the most popular pop-metal bands of the late '80s. Formed in Los Angeles in the mid-'80s, the group featured vocalist Jani Lane, guitarist Erik Turner, guitarist Joey Allen, bassist Jerry Dixon, and drummer Steven Sweet. They released Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich in 1989; by the middle of that year, it had climbed into the Top Ten and launched the hit singles "Down Boys," "Sometimes She Cries," and "Heaven," the last of which reached number two. Released in the summer of 1990, Cherry Pie was an even bigger success, climbing into the Top Ten and featuring the Top Ten hits "I Saw Red" and "Cherry Pie." Warrant had some trouble continuing their multi-platinum success during the alternative explosion of 1992, although their third album, Dog Eat Dog, did go gold; 1995's Ultraphobic and 1996's Belly to Belly, however, failed to chart.

The band's lineup began to splinter as the '90s progressed, with the majority of Warrant's founding members leaving the group. Under the Influence arrived in 2001, comprised of several cover songs and two original tracks; it also marked Jani Lane's last recording with the band. He ultimately left in 2004, taking two of Warrant's members with him, and was replaced by former Black 'N Blue vocalist Jaime St. James. While Lane attempted a solo career, the revised version of Warrant released Born Again in 2006. Jaime St. James' tenure in the band proved to be very short, as he was ousted in 2008 in favor of Lane's return. Later that year, Lane left once again and was replaced by Lynch Mob's Rob Mason. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

Warrant - Heaven 1989

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