Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich

Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich
Studio album by Warrant
Released January 31, 1989
Recorded April–November 1988
Genre Glam metal, hard rock
Length 37:08
Label Columbia
Producer Beau Hill
Warrant chronology
Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich
Cherry Pie

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).[1] The album peaked at number 10 on the billboard 200.[2]

The unique cover art features "Fugazi", an overpaid, amoral infrastructure manager and archetypal business psychopath.[3]

The album's title was mentioned in the intro to the title track of their 1990 follow-up album Cherry Pie.


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 rumored 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.[4] While the rumor has never been verified, Slamer's wife confirmed in 1998 that her husband played guitar on the record.[5] Mike Slamer has stated in interviews that he played guitar and the lead solos on the album

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[citation needed], 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.[6]

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.


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.[7] "Heaven" had previously been recorded by Jani Lane and Steven Sweet's old band Plain Jane.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[8]
Kerrang! 3/5 stars[9]

Allmusic gave Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich a rating of four our of five stars, saying that the album was "sleek and clean, built on processed guitars and cavernous drums" and that it "sounds exactly like that year [1989], both for better and worse."[8] Dave Reynolds of Kerrang! considers the album "hardly outstanding", with only "a bunch of distinctly average songs matched to a brace of worthwhile moments".[9]

Track listing

All tracks written by Jani Lane

  1. "32 Pennies" – 3:09
  2. "Down Boys" – 4:04
  3. "Big Talk" – 3:43
  4. "Sometimes She Cries" – 4:44
  5. "So Damn Pretty (Should Be Against the Law)" – 3:33
  6. "D.R.F.S.R." – 3:17
  7. "In the Sticks" – 4:06
  8. "Heaven" – 3:57
  9. "Ridin' High" – 3:06
  10. "Cold Sweat" – 3:32

Bonus tracks

  1. "Only a Man (demo)" - 4:22
  2. "All Night Long (demo)" - 2:42


Band members

Additional musicians


  • Beau Hill - producer, engineer, mixing
  • Joel Stoner - engineer
  • John Jansen - mixing


Album - Billboard (United States)[2]

Year Chart Position
1989 The Billboard 200 10

Singles - Billboard (United States)[1]

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

Video Album

Live - Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich
Video by Warrant
Released 16 January 1990
Recorded Bucksley Arena, Tampa, Florida, 1989
Genre Glam metal, hard rock
Length 53 min.
Label Columbia
Director Nick Morris
Producer Fiona O'Mahoney
Warrant video chronology
Live - Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich
Cherry Pie: Quality You Can Taste

Warrant: Live - Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich is the first Warrant video album released in 1990 on VHS and Laserdisc, featuring the band performing live in concert. The video was certified Platinum [10]

Track listing

  1. "So Damn Pretty"
  2. "Ridin' High"
  3. "32 Pennies"
  4. "Heaven" (music video)
  5. "Down Boys"
  6. "Cold Sweat"
  7. "D.R.F.S.R."
  8. "Sometimes She Cries"
  9. "Big Talk"


External links

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