R.I.P. Jani Lane

Jani Lane, lead singer of glammed up rock outfit Warrant, was found dead at the Comfort Inn hotel in Woodland Hills, CA. No official cause of death has been released so far, according to TMZ. He was 47. Jani was at the forefront of a flock of very famous, very pretty frontmen, a singer of MTV-staple power ballads like “Heaven” and absurdly excessive sex-innuendo rock like “Cherry Pie.” Both of his band’s first two albums, Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich and Cherry Pie, went double platinum. Then Nirvana happened. Warrant will not go down as one of America’s most artistic bands, nor one of its best, but Jani helped define and represent a particular, and briefly, very commercially viable strain of lipstick machismo, alongside the likes of Bret Michaels and Sebastian Bach (harder as he may have rocked). When future historians need to demonstrate what a glam rock band looked like, they’ll use the first ten seconds of the “Cherry Pie” video as footage. (When they need an illustration of a hair metal video “babe,” it’ll be Bobbie Brown in her red bikini.) In later years, Lane would go solo. In 2010, he was arrested for his second DUI in two years. But remember him in better times (or be glad these videos were in rotation on MTV before your time) with those aforementioned Warrant videos, below. R.I.P., Jani. You’re up there in “Heaven,” making terrible sex puns to the angels.


“Cherry Pie”