Band Of The June ’11 – Ratt
Last month I described Kix band, today I prepared an article about another veteran of glam metal with flamboyant style and music. Ratt & Roll!
Who, where and when?
It can be a long history, but surprisingly Ratt was founded in San Diego, 35 years ago (1976) by current vocalist Stephen Pearcy. The first name of the band was ‘Mickey Ratt‘. In the first 5 years they didn’t make a lot of noise, what is more band line-ups wasn’t also constant then (according to wikipedia), with ‘Mickey Ratt‘ played Jake E. Lee (probably the best-known for being Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist).
In 1980, band name was finally shorten to ‘Ratt‘, and in the next year band moved from San Diego to L.A. All first members left band to form another glam metal band called ‘Rough Cutt‘. But in this time, to Ratt joined Robbin Crosby, Warren De Martini and Juan Croucier, along with founder – Stephen Pearcy they all was tied up with Ratt for long (Robbin Crosby died in 2002).
Jake E. Lee, Chris Hager, Matt Thorr, and Dave Alford all left Mickey Ratt to form another band called Rough Cutt. Guitarist Warren DeMartini joined in January 1982 (recommended by Lee). Bassist Gene Hunter (from Jake E. Lee’s Teaser) and drummer Khurt Maier (who played drums on the early “Tell The World” recording) would temporarily play in Ratt before Bobby Blotzer and Juan Croucier (also with the band Dokken). DeMartini was only 18 years old when he was called up to Los Angeles to join Ratt. At the time he was attending college in San Diego and reluctant to drop out to join a band that had, so far, had only limited success. Marq Torien briefly replaced DeMartini, though Warren returned in time for the recording of their EP, later in 1982.
Ratt most-known line-up
- Stephen Pearcy – lead vocals
- Warren DeMartini – rhythm guitar
- Robbin Crosby – guitars
- Juan Croucier – bass
- Bobby Blotzer – drums, backing vocals
EP – Ratt’s first release
In fact Ratt popularity started along with self-titled EP released in 1983 which featured their first top-songs.
Ratt – Back For More (Live 1983)
Ratt – Tell The World (Live 1983)
‘Out Of Cellar’ (1984) – first studio album
In 1984, Ratt released their first album which gave band access to mainstream, album was their biggest commercial success (#7 on Billboard 200 and triple Platinum in U.S)1
Well, it features also their most-known songs, first of all, ‘Round and Round‘ with unusual video and incredible guitar solo – I’ve already mentioned this song, some time ago. Another top-songs and videos were: ‘Wanted Man‘ and ‘Back For More‘ (which was also placed on EP).
Ratt – Back For More (Official Video)
Ratt – Round and Round (Official Video)
Ratt – Wanted Man (Official Video)
Ratt – You Think You’re Tough (Official Video)
Invasion of Your Privacy (1985)
Second album was released in the next year, like the first one, this also was a big commercial success (double Platinum). The videos were recorded for 2 singles: “Lay It Down“, “You’re in Love“.
Ratt – You’re in Love (Official Video)
Ratt – Lay It Down (Official Video)
Dancing Undercover (1986)
In 1986, Ratt put out their 3rd studio album which contains one of most recognizable songs “Body Talk“. For 3 singles (Body Talk, Slip Of The Lip, Dance) band recorded vidoes. This year was probably the best not only for Ratt, but also for another glam metal bands, Ratt was also one of the most popular, recognizable and ‘desired’ glam metal bands then.
Ratt – Slip Of The Lip (Official Video)
Ratt – Dance (Official Video)
Ratt – Body Talk (Official Video)
Reach For The Sky (1988)
‘Reach for the Sky‘ was fourth studio album released by Ratt, and like previous ones it also was very successful (Platinum status) and whole album peaked at 17th position on Billboard 200.
In fact the best songs from this album are “I Want A Woman” and “Way Cool Jr.“.
Ratt – Way Cool Jr. (Official Video)
Ratt – I Want A Woman (Official Video)
Detonator (1990), Ratt n’ Roll 81–91 (1991)
In fact Ratt with fifth studio album returned to their roots, songs are kept in strict hard-rock movement, maybe due to decrease of glam metal scene.
‘Detonator’ was the last studio album before first hiatus, which started in 1992. ‘Ratt n’ Roll 81–91‘ was a good-selling release which contained all previously-released Ratt’s top songs and only one new single – ‘Nobody Rides For Free‘ (used in Point Break movie). Hiatus lasted up to 1996.
Ratt – Shame Shame Shame (Official Video)
Ratt – Lovin’ You’s a Dirty Job (Official Video)
Ratt – Nobody Rides For Free (Official Video)
Ratt (1999), Infestation (2010)
After hiatus, Ratt reunited in 1996 and 3 years later band released next, sixth self-titled album which was blues-rock oriented and didn’t gain so much attention in mainstream media. In 2002 Robbin Crosby died from cockain overdose and in 2008 Carlos Cavazo replaced John Corab on guitar. Next album was released only 11 years after. Happily, ‘Infestation‘ was more successful, maybe because they were more inspired by glam metal genre and wanted to revive first studio albums style.
Actually, band is on the next undefined hiatus 🙁 .