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Will Warrant be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


21 comments so far (post your own)

CHERRY PIE should be enough to get in any Hall of Fame. You all know it's true.

Posted by Metalsmith on Tuesday, 01.15.08 @ 17:22pm

warrant deffinetly deserves this oportunity

Posted by d on Tuesday, 02.19.08 @ 17:38pm

Exactly what opportunity would that be? Certainly not the HoF. They had two songs that were noteworthy (Uncle Tom's Cabin); ok, make that one song.

Posted by Dameon on Tuesday, 02.19.08 @ 19:10pm

Make that four songs: "Cherry Pie," "Uncle Tom's Cabin," "Down Boys" and the #2 hit "Heaven."

Posted by Metalsmith on Wednesday, 02.20.08 @ 16:35pm

Metalsmith - as much as I defend your right to defend Metal including the 80's scene, Warrant is not one of the bands you should be defending so vigorously. Cherry Pie was basically a rip-off of Unskinny Bop. They chord structure, bridge and lyrics maybe different, but they are still the same song as far as I am concerned. Down Boys was a decent song and Heaven sounded like the Devil threw it out of Hell. Schmaltz of the worst kind! I did like Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Warrant is right there with Nelson and Extreme - not good at all.

Posted by Dameon on Wednesday, 02.20.08 @ 17:35pm

Metalsmith...seriously, the bands you talk about were/are truly fortunate to have devoted fans such as yourself, it gave them an opportunity for some measure of fame and fortune. To be considered the best of the best requires so much, and I can honestly say I don't always understand how some have been inducted and some haven't. Through this bit of medium, it's nice to offer a bit of input and knowledge into something I consider a passion. I truly respect people's opinion like Liam, Dameon, William, and Bill G. because not only do they try to give LEARNED and ACCURATE accounts of what they talk about, I find my curiosity aroused and my memory jarred, which is great stuff!!

Listen and learn...the deeper you get into rock history, the more you'll be amazed. You may not always like my opinion, but you can bet it will almost always be as close to accurate as I can be!

Posted by Terry on Wednesday, 02.20.08 @ 18:35pm

Dameon: I didn't know I was defending them so vigorously, I was just pointing out something I happen to know. Sure they aren't one of the greatest bands ever, but they are a lot of fun to listen to (and make fun of) and to me that makes a big part of the definition of rock and roll. I agree about Extreme, they definitely suck and Nelson is pretty boring as well. However, I believe that "Cherry Pie" and "Unskinny Bop" both came out in 1990, so your argument could be stated the other way around.
Terry: You're right and I completely respect your right to come here and tell us what you think, but in the case of William and Liam, it seems all they ever do is join the discussions just to antagonise me and draw unfair comparisons between the artists in question and their favourite bands, which are always small-time punk bands that I have never heard of and don't deserve to be in the Hall of Fame anyway.

Posted by Metalsmith on Thursday, 02.21.08 @ 13:33pm

All I can tell you is justify your comments with facts...they're pretty hard to argue.Researching for what the facts are on any given artist(s) makes it that much more interesting.Also, really LISTEN...who all sounded the same at any given time as opposed to who really stood out. Like I've said before, there are artists who have had songs that I liked who I wouldn't DARE make a HoF argument for. On the other time, there are inductees I wouldn't give you the wrong time of day for.

Posted by Terry on Thursday, 02.21.08 @ 17:17pm

Other "hand"...there's that proofreading thing again!!! I never claimed to be a brilliant typist...lol!!!!

Posted by Terry on Thursday, 02.21.08 @ 17:19pm

i love warrant, but i have to agree they'll never get in. the only bands from the era that have a chance imo are: motley crue, poison(it will take many years for them), def leppard, bon jovi, HANOI ROCKS, & guns n roses. there's others that should but won't. btw, cherry pie had cc deville playing on it. that's why you feel a poison groove behind it.

Posted by thomas johnson on Monday, 07.7.08 @ 06:13am

80's Metal: (a personal take)

A good chance of cutting the mustard, voter wise:

B. Jovi / Def Lep / G&R / Motley Crue

On the Border:

Poison / Ratt / Cinderella / Dokken / Tesla

Slim, if any chance:

Warrant / Winger / Kix / L.A. Guns / Whitesnake

Everyone else: I'm not really sure where to put them (Quiet Riot, T. Sister, etc.)

Posted by Cheesecrop on Monday, 07.7.08 @ 17:03pm

not bad cheesecrop!

Posted by thomas johnson on Thursday, 08.7.08 @ 03:45am

WARRANT has this statement for the press as follows........

It is with the deepest regret that we have to announce that Jani Lane will no longer be performing with Warrant. From the beginning of our reunion talks to the last note of our last show together in Houston this past weekend we have had nothing but good intentions of bringing a quality original Warrant show to our fans and friends. We wish Jani nothing but the best and remain friends.

We are very excited that we have found an unbelievable voice in Robert Mason, an old friend of the band. We have three dates confirmed, come out and judge for yourself…we don’t think you will be disappointed!

September 9th Tucson, AZ – Casino Del Sol w/ Alice Cooper

September 19th Maplewood, MN – The Myth w/Trixter

October 17th Tyler, TX – The Oil Palace w/Queensryche/Kip Winger

Thanks for reading,

The Down Boys

Posted by kirsten turner on Friday, 09.5.08 @ 16:38pm

No I don't think so. Cherry Pie was there only good song. I'd also have to credit them on the hot girls in the music videos.

Posted by Mike on Saturday, 10.4.08 @ 20:05pm

Cheesecrop: Motley hasn't fared well critically so I'd bump them down to "On the Border." Quiet Riot is in the "Slim, If Any Chance" and Twisted Sister I'd put in one of the two. The term hair-metal has been misused over the years, though, as a lot of the bands you mentioned I wouldn't consider metal.

Posted by Sam on Saturday, 02.20.10 @ 14:28pm

Cheesecrop: Motley hasn't fared well critically so I'd bump them down to "On the Border." Quiet Riot is in the "Slim, If Any Chance" and Twisted Sister I'd put in one of the two. The term hair-metal has been misused over the years, though, as a lot of the bands you mentioned I wouldn't consider metal.

Posted by Sam on Saturday, 02.20.10 @ 14:28pm
When you get a minute, give me your take on the commercial metal from the 80's. I know you support Priest, Maiden, Megadeth, etc., so don't throw in any thrash. I saw you mention Bon Jovi, so consider that a starting point if you want, or find another, but work w/in the Sunset Strip/MTV bands.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 02.20.10 @ 18:49pm

I've listened to a bit of Queensryche; "Jet City Woman" is a good song. I'm not sure whether they deserve it, and they'll have a tough time getting in.

Level of worthiness:

Bon Jovi: I like them and maybe you could say they mixed pop-metal with Springsteen, but on the whole I'll say no because they didn't really shake up the scene.

KISS: Yes for their massive influence, but Alice Cooper, NY Dolls and lots of UK glam first.

Def Leppard: I'll say yes because they had a formula of loud but catchy riffs, big choruses and lots of hooks and everyone began to use that formula. Plus they kind of helped get hard rock on MTV. I'd prefer for the harder bands like Priest and Maiden to go in first, plus KISS, Alice, NY Dolls, T. Rex, Slade, Mott the Hoople and Sweet first.

Motley Crue: Yes, because they caused the Sunset Strip explosion and still remained if not the best of the bunch then one of the best.

Alice Cooper (here because he ressurected his career towards the end of the decade by turning his sound towards the pop-metal crowd and recruiting Desmond Child to get hits): Yes, but mainly for the Alice Cooper Band in the 70's.

Quiet Riot: "Cum on Feel the Noize" was better than the Slade version. "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)", "Slick Black Cadillac", "Party All Night"; all kickass and fun songs. Where Randy Rhoads got his start, and if he hadn't joined them he may not have become known on the Strip, and if he wasn't known on the Strip then no Randy and Ozzy. They may have had some influence on the Strip scene and laying down the blueprint, so maybe.

Ozzy: Four things. Ozzfest, Randy Rhoads, Metallica opening for him and Motley opening for him. All enough to say hell yeah.

Ratt: Maybe. Some kick-ass singles, De Martini could play guitar well, and actually began playing the Sunset Strip clubs around the same time that Motley did. I'll need to do more research to give a definite answer.

Great White: Great rendition of "Once Bitten Twice Shy", and "Rock Me" is as good a blues-rock tune as any ever recorded. No hairspray or stupid clothing for them, and seem to be a bit bluesy. Maybe.

Tesla: "Modern Day Cowboy" kicks ass. Apparently they were the basis for MTV Unplugged. Maybe.

Poison: No. Fun, but arrived too late to make an impact. Plus, "Every Rose Has It's Thorn" may have resulted in the crushing weight of power ballads.

Cinderella: No. Good band, but arrived too late to make an impact.

Skid Row: See Cinderella, and got heavier with the second album.

Lita Ford: May have flown the flag for female rockers. Maybe.

The Cult: G'N'R opened for them. Maybe.

G'N'R: Great band, but see Cinderella.

Vixen: No.

Winger: No.

Warrant: "Blind Faith" is as awful as "Heaven." No

Whitesnake: Helped keep bluesy hard rock in the mainstream, so maybe.

Twisted Sister: Hit after Leppard, but there at the same time as them. Maybe, as they may have done a Motley on the East Coast. These are the ones I feel are relevant, not including one-hit wonders like Autograph, Bullet Boys and Danger Danger.

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 03.3.10 @ 20:52pm

Chances of induction:

Bon Jovi: Moderate to good chance, as they've done the best job at adapting to trends and are the only one still topping the charts. Certainly helps when you're friends with Wenner and Little Steven.

KISS: Moderate chance; finally being nominated means there is sitll hope.

Queensryche: Slim odds.

Def Leppard: David Fricke's a huge fan and post 80's they've done well to stay in the spot light. They've been overlooked for several years so I'd give them a moderate chance. Most critically acclaimed of this bunch. They've still got a few years before their window closes.

Motley Crue: Critics are being a bit more kind to them these days (mostly rock critics) but I don't think the metal world has completely thawed to them. Rolling Stone didn't like them that much back in the day and still views them as a guilty pleasure. Slim chance.

Alice Cooper: If KISS gets in that could give him another look. 15 years not making the ballot. Slim to moderate chance.

Quiet Riot: Critics have never thought much of them, and because they only had a year of popularity mostly viewed as a footnote in rock history. Never going to happen.

Ozzy: Rock critics will pull for him and he has kept his popularity going, but Sabbath had a tough time getting in so it'll be easy for the Committee to overlook him. That combined with him being the butt of jokes due to the reality show puts him with a slim chance.

Scorpions: Forgot about them. Wouldn't bother me if they were inducted as I know they've influenced Metallica. Little to no chance.

Ratt: Have stood in Motley and Leppard's show, not critically well-received and have failed to stay in the spotlight. Slim chance, if any.

Great White: Only a couple of hits and though their first recording was in '82 their popularity came late in the decade. No chance.

Tesla: Overlooked mostly. Little to no chance.

Poison: Bret Michaels' reality show career has helped keep them in the spotlight, and very popular in the late 80's, but lack of critical support will probably hurt them. Slim chance.

Cinderella: Are remembered somewhat but haven't kept their popularity going. Their cause could be helped if Bon Jovi gets in. Little chance.

Skid Row: Very popular first album, and if Bon Jovi gets in it could help. Moderate chance.

Lita Ford: Short burst of popularity and not remembered. Joan Jett has better odds. No chance.

The Cult: A couple of hits late in the decade but not talked about in the U.S. these days. No chance.

G'N'R: Lock.

Vixen: Don't know why I mentioned them. No chance

Winger: Slim chance.

Warrant: Slim chance.

Whitesnake: After years of obscurity broke the U.S. for a couple of years. Mostly critically scorned though, as critics accused them of jumping on the hair-band bandwagon and trying to cash in. It would help if Deep Purple got in. Shouldn't get in and unlikely to.

Twisted Sister: Like Whitesnake, a few years of popularity after years of trying but have had trouble staying in the spotlight. No chance

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 03.3.10 @ 21:21pm

RIP Jani Lane

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Friday, 08.12.11 @ 15:57pm

Jani Lane was one of the best singers that come out of the 80's. He ranks up there with Axl and Sebastian. Even though he is sadly missed, the band still deserves it.

Posted by We see red on Tuesday, 04.21.15 @ 01:03am

Warrant is a great rock band. Jani Lane had an amazing voice & was so very talented

Posted by Nadine on Monday, 05.25.15 @ 12:25pm

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