’80s icon Bobbie Brown dishes with ‘Dirty Rocker Boys’

’80s icon Bobbie Brown dishes with ‘Dirty Rocker Boys’


Col—MarinMusicShe was the classic heavy metal video vixen, an iconic figure in the MTV heyday of hair bands. When we think back to those over-the-top days, one name comes to mind: Bobbie Brown.

Best  known as “that hot  girl” in the Warrant “Cherry Pie” video, Brown married Jani Lane, the singer from Warrant, and lived a life of total 80’s excess. Today, she is the author of “Dirty Rocker Boys” (Simon And Schuster) and a reality television personality, starring in “Ex Wives of Rock” on the Fuse network.

“Dirty Rocker Boys” is a classic tale of what not to do, and a road map of who’s who in rock and roll to date — and to stay away from. From Tommy Lee to Leonardo Decaprio; Kevin Costner to Jani Lane, Bobbie has been there and done that. The drugs, the meth, the addiction, the abusive lifestyle, it’s all here.

Her book is a testament to her street smarts and her perseverance. I found it hard to put down. Some parts, like the black magic spell against Matthew Gunner, seem almost comical and unreal. Other parts, like the day she learned Jani Lane was dead, haunt you with their honesty. The pages are filled with raw emotion.

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Bobbie Brown, and I found her to be friendly, funny, and a genuine, honest individual. True to herself, she pulled no punches.

How Long Did It Take To Write This Book?

BB: I’ve been working on the idea for about 4 years. When I finally got out of my old contract and signed with Simon and Schuster, it took about a year. It was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be.

How involved were you with the editing? Were there things you wanted in, that they didn’t and vice versa?

BB: Actually I wanted to be a big part of the process. I didn’t want it to come across like an interview. I wanted my story to be true and honest. I got nervous towards the end because it may have been too honest. But they, (Simon and Schuster editors) were like, “No leave it in.” I thought it might cause controversy but they said that made it honest. So I am a little bit nervous.

Were you a fan of the glam metal scene and music back then?

BB: Some of it. I never was a big Poison fan or anything like that. I thought Jani was an amazing songwriter and of course I loved his music. I didn’t even know they (Warrant) wrote the song “Heaven” until I did the video. I was like, “Oh you guys did this song?” And they were just like “wow…”

Can you describe a typical night on Sunset Strip back then?

BB: Special. Totally different now with all this reality television. Everyone is famous now for whatever. Back then you were famous because of talent. It was a big deal. It was cool. That was my heyday. The book starts with one crazy night back then and then it Tarrantinos its way back to my childhood and then works its way up from there.

You list a lot of people you knew and some you dated. I have to ask…Kevin Costner? Was he more “Dances With Wolves” or “Waterworld”?

More like Waterworld. (Laughs)  Yeah. I pretty much left a lasting impression on him that probably scarred him for life. Needless to say I pretty much ruined every type of interaction I had back then with my chaos.

Crazy stories?

I have a great Dave Navarro story in the book, Mark McGrath from Sugar Ray. Leonardo DiCaprio. Kevin Costner, Rod Stewart.

Rod Stewart?

Yes. Some hook ups, others are just crazy stories. Tommy Lee, Milli Vanilli…

Milli Vanilli?

I dated Robert (Pilatus). So yeah that story is in there. It’s preconceived notion about me. I didn’t grow up a heavy metal chick. I was a dancer who liked hip hop and dance music.