Jani Lane: the singer, songwriter, and entertainer most noted for his role as front man of the band Warrant passed away last week. He was found in a Los Angeles area Comfort Inn with (according to police reports) a half-bottle of vodka and prescription pills close by. This week we take a look at some of Warrant’s videos. One last celebration of Jani Lane’s lyrics, hair, dance moves, and cringe worthy moments as we retire the following videos.
This was Warrant’s first single. By this time the template of releasing a “heavy” song followed by a ballad had been established. Down Boys was to be their initial release with Heaven (their ballad) to follow. The video begins with a shot of a homeless man, but then cuts (for most of the video) to the band performing in front of cameras. They are all wearing leather jackets. Warrant uses this video to introduce the world to their choreographed move of dropping to their knees and swaying their hair back and forth. This move occurs in the beginning of the song, the arc, and near the end. There is very little story to the video (unless of course you believe a band wearing black leather jackets is the story); however, the homeless man does reappear in the end, this time it appears that he now owns a club named DOWN BOYS (there is a neon sign in the background) and is receiving a lot of money. I’m going to assume the band had pooled their money together to buy a small venue then decided to trade it for leather jackets to the homeless man who immediately sold the venue for cash to buy wine because that’s typically what they do.
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