Monday, August 15, 2011

In memory of Jani Lane

A few days ago, I was saddened to learn of the death of former Warrant lead singer Jani Lane at the age of 47. Warrant hit the big time during the height of the hair metal years of the late 1980s. They enjoyed a great deal of success selling millions of records and epitomized the genre of hair metal.

Warrant's first power ballad, "Heaven," was a huge surprise success. Nearly reaching #1, it peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was the highest charting single of the band's career and one of the reasons it did so well was because of Lane's vocals.

Lane, like most of us, had his demons. He battled the demon of alcoholism throughout most of his career. On several occasions he stated how badly he wanted to beat it, but the demon won most of the battles. As someone who grew up during the "hair metal" days of the '80s and enjoyed his music, I think Lane should instead be remembered as a talented artist with a great voice. Today's Music Monday is a double shot of Warrant in memory of Jani Lane. The first video is of their single "Big Talk" and the second is of their hit "Heaven." Both songs are on the band's 1989 debut album, Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich.

Thanks for the music, Jani.

Watch "Big Talk" by clicking here.
Watch "Heaven" by clicking here.

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