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"Cherry Pie"
Single by Warrant
from the album Cherry Pie
Released 1990
Recorded 1989
Genre Glam metal, heavy metal, hard rock
Length 3:18
Label Columbia Records
Writer(s) Jani Lane
Warrant singles chronology
"Sometimes She Cries"
(1990)
"Cherry Pie"
(1990)
"I Saw Red"
(1991)

"Cherry Pie" is a song by the American glam metal band Warrant. "Cherry Pie" is the titular track from Warrant's album Cherry Pie, and both were released in 1990.

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Background

"Cherry Pie," which is arguably Warrant's most well-known song, was not actually planned to be put on the album. Joey Allen of Warrant has stated that the album was originally going to be called "Quality You Can Taste" (Frontman Jani Lane recalled this differently, stating that the title was supposed to be "Uncle Tom's Cabin"[1]), but the president of Columbia Records, Don Lenner, wanted a rock anthem, so he called Jani Lane. Lane wrote "Cherry Pie" in about fifteen minutes. Allen stated that "...the whole marketing and everything for that record changed. It was definitely driven by the label and not the band. [2] The song was written down on a pizza box which is now on display in the Hard Rock Cafe in Destin, FL, part of the Destin Commons.

Many of the band members feel that "Cherry Pie" is not actually one of the better songs on the album, and see the song as a double edged sword: it brought them fame, but many of their other songs are overshadowed by the major hit. On VH1's HEAVY: The Story Of Metal - Episode 3: Looks That Kill, Lane expressed his regret for writing the song, stating that "I could shoot myself in the fucking head for writing that song." However, he later clarified that he had been under personal stress at the time of the VH1 interview, and had no ill feelings towards his association with the song.[3]

Can I clear the air on that? They [VH1 producers] just caught me on a bad day. It was a bad moment — I was going through a divorce, my mom had just passed away, all this stuff was going on — and they sit me down in a chair and wanna start grilling me with questions, and I didn't wanna be there, so...You know, push that interview to the side, I'm happy as a clam to have written a song that is still being played and still dug by so many people. It's hard enough to write a song, let alone one that sticks around.

Lyrics and tune

The lyrics contain many metaphorical and blatant references to sex: "Well, swingin' on the front porch/Swingin' on the lawn/Swingin' where we want/'Cause there ain't nobody home", "Swingin' in there/'cause she wanted me to feed her/So I mixed up the batter/And she licked the beater", etc.

The lyrics are generally about a man bragging about his sexual exploits (swingin') with a woman who is very attractive and who is the object of desire of many men. However, at the end of the song, the woman's father finds out about the pair's relationship: "Swing in the bathroom/Swingin' on the floor/Swingin' so hard/We forgot to lock the door/In walks her daddy/Standin' six foot four/He said you ain't gonna swing/With my daughter no more."

The song title itself may be another blatant reference to sex. Here, the terms both "Cherry" and "Pie" may be used sexually, as Cherry is slang to refer to a virgin (as used in the context "pop one's cherry" or to take their virginity, specifically when breaking the hymen during sex), and Pie is slang for vagina.

The tune bears a strong resemblance to both Def Leppard's hit Pour Some Sugar on Me and Joan Jett's hit I Love Rock and Roll. Notably, both of these songs have lyrics in the same vein as "Cherry Pie."[citation needed]

Cultural references

One of the phrases in the song, "Swingin' to the left/And swingin' to the right/If I think about baseball/I'll swing all night yeah" is a reference to the practice of delaying orgasm by concentrating on something other than the act, most typically baseball in humorous media. The song also plays on the children's song "I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream" when the line "I scream, you scream, we all scream for her/Don't even try 'cause you can't ignore her" is sung.

Chart success

"Cherry Pie" soon became a Top Ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching number 10. "Cherry Pie" also reached number 19 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks. The song has been cited by many as a "rock anthem". [4] In 2009, it was named the 56th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.[5]

Despite its success, a daylong MTV special on the best and worst music videos of all time, MTV's Triumphs and Tragedies, listed the song's video as one of the worst.

Video

The video for "Cherry Pie" received heavy airplay on MTV and other music video stations. It featured the members of Warrant and a scantily clad woman (model Bobbie Brown) who is seen dancing throughout the video. [6]

However, Canadian cable-TV music network, MuchMusic refused to air the "Cherry Pie" video on the grounds that it was "offensively sexist". [7]

Bobbie became involved with Jani Lane soon after the video was shot, and married him in 1991. [7]

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