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Warrant

Rock band

For the Record

Success, Controversy and Criticism

Grunge Killed Hair Bands

Bankruptcy and Break-ups

Rounded Up the Forces

Selected discography

Sources

From mega-hit, pop-rock-star success to bankruptcy to lineup changes, Warrant rode a wild roller coaster ride through the first decade of their musical career. The group surfaced in Los Angeles and adopted the City of Angels as their new home and as their launching pad to stardom. From the very beginning, the band took the motto of hard work and exposure to reach the largest possible audience. When Warrant played the L. A. clubs, they were well known as the band who got the plug pulled on them; they would never stick to their allotted time limit and stayed on stage until club management shut down their power.

In early 1989, Warrant signed a recording contract with Columbia Records just as the image-conscious, party-themed, long-haired, melodic hard rock began to take off. Almost immediately, critics chastised them and questioned their musical abilities because of the high focus on image. Image is important, but its not everything, singer Jani Lane told Chris Nadler in Seventeen. The songs are number one and foremost. You may be able to hype a particular song and take it to the top, but

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Members include Bobby Borg (replaced Steve Sweet and James Kottak) drums; Jerry Dixon, bass; Jani Lane, vocals; Rick Steier (replaced Joey Allen), guitar; Erik Turner, guitar; Dave White, keyboards.

Band formed in Los Angeles, CA, 1987. Signed with Columbia Records and released debut, Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinkin Rich, 1989; released two more LPs, 1991-1992. Rick Steier and James Kottak replaced Joey Allen and Steven Sweet, 1994. Signed with CMC International Records and released Ultraphobic, 1995. Bobby Borg replaced James Kottak, 1995.

Addresses: Record company CMC International Records, 106 West Horton Street, Zebulon, NC 27597.

in the long run, people arent stupid. Theyre going to catch on to the fact that the quality isnt there.

Lane, along with bandmates Jerry Dixon on bass, Erik Turner and Joey Allen on guitars, and Steven Sweet on drums, released their debut album Dirty Rotten Filthy StinkinRich and entered Billboard sTop 15 Pop Album chart within the first month of its release. Ironically, the first single from the album, Down Boys, was also the first song the band ever played together as Warrant. Thank God Down Boys came out first, Lane told Screamer, because that established us as a rock band. I dont want people to come out and say, these guys are a ballad band, because were not. We have a lot of really rocking songs.

Success, Controversy and Criticism

The single Heaven helped kick up the sales of Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinkin Rich to 2.5 million copies. During the albums recording, producer Beau Hill didnt wantto include the song on the LP, but the band knew its potential. Fans would almost drown out Jani Lanes voice with their united voices when Warrant played the song in the L.A. clubs. And they didnt even have an album in the stores yet. Theres things like that where you have to put your foot down every once in awhile, ErikTurner said in Screamer. Were not a passive band by any means. Were reasonable, but if we really believe in something, we dont let people step all over us. Warrant supported the release of their multiplatinum album on the Warrant Eats America tour. They played 282 shows175 in clubsin about 16 months.

After the tour, the band returned to the studio for their next recording, Cherry Pie, which also sold about 2.5 million copies. The singles from the album included, Cherry Pie, I Saw Red, and Uncle Toms Cabin. Warrant stirred up a little controversy, though, with a 54-second track called Ode to Tipper Gore, a compiled string of expletives from Lanes stage banter in honor of the head of the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC). The annotation in the LPs liner notes stated, Freedom of speechwhat a concept. Despite a dispute from the band, Columbia Records insisted on releasing a second version of Cherry Pie without the controversial cut. Warrant chose to maintain their image as a major part of their approach. John Mendelssohn wrote in Rolling Stone, Warrant is New Kids on the Block with nipple-length hair and Marshall amps. Critics kept bashing their glitz and glamour as a mirage for their lack of talent, while Warrants popularity and success earned them a headlining tour across the United States.

Grunge Killed Hair Bands

The single Uncle Toms Cabin veered slightly off their pop rock style into a more hard-edged sound. The response from fans and the instinct of singer/songwriter Jani Lane resulted in a different musical approach on their third album, Dog Eat Dog.

This record picks up where Uncle Toms Cabin left off, Jerry Dixon told Paul Suter in RadioActive. That tune worked really well for usit was a bit heavierand the reaction we got was such a good feeling that we felt we should pick up the theme again. That was the starting point for this record; its not such a big change that our fans will say weve sold out or thrown them a curve ball from hell.

However, by the time Dog Eat Dog hit the stores in 1992, grunge rock had already taken over the airwaves and MTVs playlist. Along with other so called hair bands, Warrants popularity, sales, and industry support plummeted. In spite of these difficulties, the LP went gold.

Later, Jani Lane recalled the two separate marketing meetings with the Columbia Records president about Cherry Pie and about a year later for Dog Eat Dog. Lane recounted his memories to Alan Di Perna in Musician, The first time I walked into the office, and I remember seeing this gigantic poster of our album cover on the wall above the secretarys desk. I thought, Wow, I guess were gonna get a push on this one. But when it came time to discuss promoting Dog Eat Dog, Ill never forget walking into [Columbia President] Don lenners office seeing this huge poster of Alice in Chains Dirt over his secretarys desk. And I thought, Hello Seattle good-bye Warrant.

Bankruptcy and Break-ups

Lanes instincts proved correct. In 1993 Columbia Records dropped the band from its roster. Then Warrant was sued by its own merchandising company. This resulted in several members of the band filing bankruptcy, and within a few months, Jani Lanes marriage dissolved and he decided to leave the band.

Erik Turner and Jerry Dixon persevered and began to write songs together for the first time. Although they actively searched for a new singer, one was never found, and the bands future looked very bleak. Then, in July of 1993, Lane contacted the remaining members of the band and asked for a meeting to discuss a possible reunion. Ironically, the same night the members of Warrant decided to give it another try, Tom Hulett, their long-time friend and manager, died.

Rounded Up the Forces

Despite their misfortunes, Warrant picked up the pieces and hit the road on a club tour across the United States. They didnt have a new album to promote, nor did they have a record contract. Yet, the band managed to sell out shows at clubs across the country. When they returned home, guitarist Joey Allen decided to leave the band to go back to school, and the remaining members decided to fire drummer Steven Sweet. Former Kingdom Come members, guitarist Rick Steier and drummer James Kottak, replaced the original members, and Warrants touring keyboardist Dave White became an official member. Within the year, former Left for Dead drummer Bobby Borg replaced Kottak.

With a new lineup in place, the newly formed independent label CMC International signed Warrant to a recording contract. I n 1995 the band released their fourth album Ultraphobic. However, the band still faced the shadow of their former selves. We knew we had a very fine line to walk between being current and remaining Warrant, which I think we did a good job on, Lane told Sharon Kaufman in Circus.

We were aware of the fact that there is a stigma surrounding the band, that were still supposed to be 25-year-old, hair-band guys in makeup and leather. We werent kidding ourselves. I feel very confident that if somebody listens to the record, theyll find some stuff that theyll really like on it. Its the getting people to listen to it thats a bit difficult.

Selected discography

Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinkin Rich, Columbia Records, 1989.

Cherry Pie, Columbia Records, 1991.

Dog Eat Dog, Columbia Records, 1992.

Ultraphobic, CMC International Records, 1995.

Sources

Billboard, January 13, 1990; October 13, 1990; November 11, 1995.

Circus, Volume 26, Number 5, 1995.

Musician, May 1995.

RadioActive, September 3-16, 1992.

Rolling Stone, October 18, 1990.

Screamer, December 1987, February 1989, June 1989, February 1991.

Seattle Times, January 18, 1991; February 15, 1991.

Seventeen, March 1990.

Wilson Library Bulletin, June 1995.

Additional information for this profile was obtained from CMC International Records press material, 1995.

Sonya Shelton

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WARRANT

A written order issued by a judicial officer or other authorized person commanding a law enforce ment officer to perform some act incident to the administration of justice.

Warrants are recognized in many different forms and for a variety of purposes in the law. Most commonly, police use warrants as the basis to arrest a suspect and to conduct a search of property for evidence of a crime. Warrants are also used to bring persons to court who have ignored a subpoena or a court appearance. In another context, warrants may be issued to collect taxes or to pay out money.

The fourth amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that "no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." There are three principal types of criminal warrants: arrest warrants, search war rants, and bench warrants.

An arrest warrant is a written order issued by a judge or other proper judicial officer, upon probable cause, directing a law enforcement officer to arrest a particular person. An arrest warrant is issued on the basis of a sworn com plaint charging that the accused person has committed a crime. The arrest warrant must identify the person to be arrested by name or other unique characteristics and must describe the crime. When a warrant for arrest does not identify a person by name, it is sometimes called a "John Doe warrant" or a "no name warrant."

A search warrant is an order in writing, issued by a judge or judicial officer, commanding a law enforcement officer to search a specified person or premises for specified property and to bring it before the judicial authority named in the warrant. Before issuing the search warrant, the judicial officer must determine whether there is probable cause to search based on the information supplied in an affidavit by a law enforcement officer or other person. Generally the types of property for which a search warrant may be issued, as specified in statutes or rules of court, are weapons, contraband, fruits of crimes, instrumentalities of crimes (for example, a mask used in a robbery), and other evidence of crime.

A bench warrant is initiated by and issued from the bench or court directing a law enforcement officer to bring a specified person before the court. A bench warrant is used, among other purposes, when a person has failed to appear in response to a subpoena, summons, or citation. It is also used when an accused person needs to be transferred from jail to court for trial, and when a person's failure to obey a court order puts her or him in contempt of court. A bench warrant is sometimes called a "capias" or an "alias warrant."

Warrants may be used for financial transactions. For example, a private individual may draw up a warrant authorizing another person to pay out or deliver a sum of money or something else of value.

A warrant may be issued to a collector of taxes, empowering him or her to collect taxes as itemized on the assessment role and to enforce the assessments by tax sales where necessary.

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war·rant / ˈwôrənt; ˈwä-/ • n. 1. a document issued by a legal or government official authorizing the police or some other body to make an arrest, search premises, or carry out some other action relating to the administration of justice: magistrates issued a warrant for his arrest an extradition warrant. ∎  a document that entitles the holder to receive goods, money, or services: we'll issue you with a travel warrant. ∎  Finance a negotiable security allowing the holder to buy shares at a specified price at or before some future date. ∎  justification or authority for an action, belief, or feeling: there is no warrant for this assumption. 2. an official certificate of appointment issued to an officer of lower rank than a commissioned officer. • v. [tr.] justify or necessitate (a certain course of action): that offense is serious enough to warrant a court marshal. ∎  officially affirm or guarantee: the vendor warrants the accuracy of the report. PHRASES: I (or I'll) warrant (you) dated used to express the speaker's certainty about a fact or situation: I'll warrant you'll thank me for it in years to come.DERIVATIVES: war·rant·er n.

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warrant, in law, written order by an official of a court directed to an officer. The search warrant and the warrant of arrest are the most frequently used types. Warrants of attachment order the seizure of a defendant's goods pending trial or judicial determination of ownership and in certain other cases. Warrants are usually issued by a judge or court clerk. They are directed to sheriffs, marshals, constables, and other officers of the peace. The strictest compliance with legal forms and rules for serving a warrant is ordinarily necessary if it is to be effective.

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warrant
A. †protector, defence; authoritative witness; authorization XIII;

B. document conveying authority or security XV; justifying reason XVI. — ONF. warant, var. of OF. guarant, -and (mod. garant) — Frankish *werēnd ( = OHG. werēnt, f. giwerēn (G. gewähren) be surety for, guarantee).
So warrant vb. †keep safe XIII; guarantee the security of XVI. — ONF. warantir, warandir, vars. of OF. g(u)arantir, -andir. warranty (-Y2) legal covenant. XIV. — AN. warantie, var. of garantie GUARANTEE.

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warrant Legal document of three main kinds. It may be a writ conferring some title or authority upon a person, a command delivered to an officer to arrest an offender, or a citation or summons.

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