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Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich is the debut studio album by American glam metal band Warrant, released in 1989.

The album was highly successful, spawning the hit singles "Heaven" (#2, 1989), "Down Boys" (#27, 1989) and "Sometimes She Cries" (#20, 1990).

Musical style

The album's sound is typical of the Sunset Strip glam metal scene of the 1980s, featuring heavy guitars and melodic, catchy choruses.

Production and marketing

The album was released amidst some controversy. It was widely rumoured that guitarists Erik Turner and Joey Allen had not played a note on the album and that all guitar work had been performed by ex Streets guitarist and session musician Mike Slamer;. While the rumour was never been verified, Slamer's wife confirmed in 1998 that her husband played guitar on the record.

During the recording of the album, vocalist Jani Lane walked in on his best friend in bed with his girlfriend, leading to his nervous breakdown. The album was recorded without Lane's vocals, and its release was delayed by several months while Lane recovered. These events would later be recounted in the single "I Saw Red" on the band's following album, Cherry Pie.

The record was produced and engineered by Beau Hill, who also contributed keyboards and backing vocals. It was recorded at The Enterprise in Burbank, California.

Songs

The album's themes, which include materialism ("32 Pennies", "D.R.F.S.R"), sex ("Down Boys", "So Damn Pretty", "Cold Sweat"), heartbreak ("Heaven") and loneliness ("Sometimes She Cries"), would be echoed on later Warrant releases.

The smash hit "Heaven" took Warrant's record company by surprise. Indeed, once the widespread appeal of the song became apparent, the band were instructed to re-record the track to lend it a "bigger radio sound". The first 250,000 copies of the record featured the original version while later pressings featured a new version. "Heaven" had previously been recorded by Jani Lane and Steven Sweet's old band Plain Jane.

Track listing

  1. "32 Pennies"
  2. "Down Boys"
  3. "Big Talk"
  4. "Sometimes She Cries"
  5. "So Damn Pretty (Should Be Against the Law)"
  6. "D.R.F.S.R."
  7. "In the Sticks"
  8. "Heaven"
  9. "Ridin' High"
  10. "Cold Sweat"

Bonus Tracks

  1. "Only a Man (demo)"
  2. "All Night Long (demo)"

Personnel

Additional musicians

Charts

Album - Billboard (North America)
Year Chart Position
1989 The Billboard 200 10

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1989 "Heaven" Mainstream Rock Tracks 3
1989 "Heaven" The Billboard Hot 100 2
1989 "Down Boys" Mainstream Rock Tracks 13
1989 "Down Boys" The Billboard Hot 100 27
1989 "Big Talk" Mainstream Rock Tracks 30
1989 "Big Talk" The Billboard Hot 100 93
1990 "Sometimes She Cries" Mainstream Rock Tracks 11
1989 "Sometimes She Cries" The Billboard Hot 100 20

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