Ode To Tipper Gore

Album: Cherry Pie (1990)
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  • Can 55 or so seconds laced with profanity be called a song? "Written" by lead vocalist Jani Lane, "Ode To Tipper Gore" is the final track on the September 1990 Cherry Pie album.

    Lane died in 2011 in tragic circumstances; in his last interview with Denice Ames, he explained how it came to be recorded. He turned up at the studio late, and the engineer was sitting around with nothing to do. The live taping of a Warrant show had come in, and at some point this man received a phone call in which he was ordered to "Take all the profanity out!" So he did, and ran it together as a joke for Lane.

    Lane said he was surprised he'd used so much, but decided to focus his anger on something he thought was stupid, which was Tipper Gore's attempt to censor rock albums. After putting the track together, Lane said he invited her to a Warrant concert, but she didn't show up.

    Lane was far from the first rock musician to take aim at Tipper Gore; Danzig did so a lot more eloquently in 1988 with "Mother." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England

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