And the night’s illuminated, By the endless glowing sand
That swallowed all the oceans, And choked off all the land
In a world beyond resuscitation, Even by God’s hand
April 2031 – Warrant
Warrant delivered their best album with “Dog Eat Dog”. But it didn’t sell anything compared to the “Cherry Pie” album and it was seen as an expensive bomb. So the band gets dropped.
Even the song titles had me interested, like “April 2031” which deals with a dystopian future after a nuclear fallout and “Andy Warhol Was Right” which covers how every person will have their fifteen minutes of fame, in this case a young boy who plays with toy guns growing up to be a gunman in a mass shooting.
“April 2031” also has probably the heaviest riff, Warrant have ever committed to tape.
“Andy Warhol Was Right” nails it’s “15 minutes of fame” theme perfectly, starting off the song with a young kid singing, before morphing into an angry man because he feels life has past him by. This is the song that got me to re-listen to the album, because Lady GaGa’s song “Shallow” sounds like it and this other “not famous” dude is suing Lady Gaga because he claims he wrote a song which Lady Gaga copied. Well that dude then also copied Warrant.
The “Machine Gun” title had me interested until Jani Lane (R.I.P.) started singing about being harder than a coal train and loving her like a machine gun. He might as well have called the song “Fuck You As Fast As A Machine Gun”. But that intro/verse riff is pretty wicked.
And while Joey Allen and Erik Turner didn’t get the respect they deserved as guitar heroes, they showcase what they are capable off on this album.
“The Bitter Pill” is a classic Warrant song, but that Latin/German section in the middle is Queen esque.
In “Hollywood (So Far, So Good)”, Jani delivers a brilliant line with;
While money is buying your house, It’s selling your sanity
In “All My Bridges Are Burning”, I think Jani is Jimmy in this song.
Jimmy goes through the money like a millionaire, bills pile up around him but he doesnt care
And for people who think that Jani was all about cherry pies, that actual album was meant to be called “Uncle Toms Cabin” until a last minute request from the label to write an additional song changed all of it.