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“Cherry Pie” is a song by the American glam metal band Warrant. “Cherry Pie” is the titular track from Warrant’s album Cherry Pie, and both were released in 1990.
“Cherry Pie,” which is arguably Warrants most well-known song, was not actually planned to be put on the album. Joey Allen of Warrant has stated that the album was originally going to be called “Quality You Can Taste” (Frontman Jani Lane recalled this differently, stating that the title was supposed to be “Uncle Toms Cabin”), but the president of Columbia Records, Don Ienner, wanted a rock anthem, so he called Jani Lane. (According to Lane he wanted a “Love in an Elevator” type song.) Lane wrote “Cherry Pie” in about fifteen minutes. Allen stated that “…the whole marketing and everything for that record changed. It was definitely driven by the label and not the band. The song was written down on a pizza box which is now on display in the Hard Rock Cafe in Destin, FL, part of the Destin Commons. The guitar solo was played by C.C. Deville as a favor to, long time friend, Jani.
Many of the band members feel that “Cherry Pie” is not actually one of the better songs on the album, and see the song as a double edged sword: it brought them fame, but many of their other songs are overshadowed by the major hit. On VH1s HEAVY: The Story Of Metal – Episode 3: Looks That Kill, Lane expressed his regret for writing the song, stating that “I could shoot myself in the fucking head for writing that song.” However, he later clarified that he had been under personal stress at the time of the VH1 interview, and had no ill feelings towards his association with the song.
Can I clear the air on that? They [VH1 producers] just caught me on a bad day. It was a bad moment I was going through a divorce, my mom had just passed away, all this stuff was going on and they sit me down in a chair and wanna start grilling me with questions, and I didn’t wanna be there, so…You know, push that interview to the side, I’m happy as a clam to have written a song that is still being played and still dug by so many people. Its hard enough to write a song, let alone one that sticks around
The lyrics contain many metaphorical and blatant references to sex: “Well, swingin’ on the front porch/Swingin’ on the lawn/Swingin’ where we want/’Cause there ain’t nobody home”, “Swingin’ in there/’cause she wanted me to feed her/So I mixed up the batter/And she licked the beater”, etc.
The lyrics are generally about a man bragging about his sexual exploits (swingin’) with a woman who is very attractive and who is the object of desire of many men. However, at the end of the song, the womans father finds out about the pairs relationship: “Swing in the bathroom/Swingin’ on the floor/Swingin’ so hard/We forgot to lock the door/In walks her daddy/Standin’ six foot four/He said you ain’t gonna swing/With my daughter no more.”
The song title itself may be another blatant reference to sex. Here, the terms both “Cherry” and “Pie” may be used sexually, as Cherry is slang to refer to a virgin (as used in the context “pop ones cherry” or to take their virginity, specifically when breaking the hymen during sex), and Pie is slang for vagina.
The tune bears a strong resemblance to both Def Leppard’s hit Pour Some Sugar on Me and Joan Jett’s hit I Love Rock and Roll. Notably, both of these songs have lyrics in the same vein as “Cherry Pie.”
One of the phrases in the song, “Swingin’ to the left/And swingin’ to the right/If I think about baseball/I’ll swing all night yeah” is a reference to the practice of delaying orgasm by concentrating on something other than the act, most typically baseball in humorous media. The song also plays on the children’s song “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream” when the line “I scream, you scream, we all scream for her/Don’t even try ’cause you can’t ignore her” is sung.
“Cherry Pie” soon became a Top Ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching number 10 and also reached number 19 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks. The song has been cited by many as a “rock anthem”. In 2009, it was named the 56th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.
The video for “Cherry Pie” received heavy airplay on MTV and other music video stations. It featured the members of Warrant and a scantily clad woman (model Bobbie Brown) who is seen dancing throughout the video. Bobbie became involved with Jani Lane soon after the video was shot, and married him in 1991.
Lead singer Jani Lane is seen walking into Grant Woods painting American Gothic (during the first verse, when he sings “most folks don’t ’cause they’re too busy bitchin'”)
In the second chorus, the members of Warrant, dressed up as firefighters, spray water on model Bobbie Brown in the video, creating a wet t-shirt
During the guitar solo, Brown is seen playing air guitar
Is generally stereotyped as a stripper/exotic dancer track e.g. In Season 6, Episode 5 of Two and a Half Men (A Jock Strap in Hell) it is playing at the Bikini Bar Charlie & Alan visit to look for Alicia Witts character, Miss Pasternak.
Is in Season 5 Episode 12 of How I Met Your Mother
Is in the PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 video game Guitar Hero II. And also in Guitar Hero: Smash Hits
Possibly due to this, Primus frontman Les Claypool has been known to at least once have sung the first lines of the chorus in an impromptu manner during the drums intro to his bands song “John the Fisherman”, which coincidentally was also featured in Guitar Hero II.
Is spoofed in an episode of Crank Yankers as “Please let me put my fingers in your apple pie.”
Is in an ad for XM radio.
Is in the Animated series Mission Hill in the twelfth episode.
Is used as Nancy Gribbles ring tone in King of the Hill.
Is in ECWs Extreme Exposé on May 1, 2007.
Is in the eighth episode of Season One of My Name Is Earl, “Joys Wedding”.
Is in the film Bring it On
Is in Reno 911.
“Weird Al” Yankovic included a portion of this songs lyrics in “Polka Your Eyes Out”.
Is used as the theme song for the Pure Blonde advertisement (2007) –
In The Best of My Super Sweet Sixteen.
In the South Park episode Guitar Queer-o
In the 5th season premiere of Las Vegas
In the television series Kitchen Confidential
Is used whenever Adam Carolla does a mock stripper introduction on the Adam Carolla Show, this song is heard as the background music.
Is in an episode of Brooke Hogans reality show, ‘Brooke Knows Best’ when her father, Hulk Hogan is driving his car.
Parodied in Mad TV for a Dancing With The Stars parody called “Lap Dancing With The Stars.”
Used in Arbys ads to promote their “Roastburgers” (2009)
In an ad for the beer “Pure Blonde”.
Dean Winchester (Supernatural) hears the song in his dream about a strip club. In the fifth season, episode 13.
In the NBC show Parks & Recreation in the episode “Toms Divorce”.
In the 2010 film When in Rome as Nick (Josh Duhamel)s ringtone.
Jani Lane – vocals
Joey Allen – lead guitar
Erik Turner – rhythm guitar
Jerry Dixon – bass guitar
Steven Sweet – drums
C.C. DeVille – guitar solo (Guest musician: Poison guitarist)