Out of the Cellar: Ratt

Rating: 80%


Model Tawny Kitaen

1984 was the year that the Glam Metal band Ratt released their debut record. A good friend of mine introduced to me to the band. Although, I wasn’t a fan of the Hair Metal or Glam Metal scene, Ratt was one of those bands that stood out from all of the other bands as they had a distinctive sound and vocal style. When you heard a Ratt song on the radio, you knew right away who it was. That was because of the musicianship itself. 

Musically, this is a guitar power driven band with lots of harmony and catchy melodies. The guitars had some fantastic leads and riffs. That was due to guitarists Robbin Crosby and Warren DeMartini. The back bone of the band consisted of bassist Juan Croucier and drummer Bobby Blotzer. Stephen Pearcy vocals are very strong and distinctive. The instrumentation is well balanced. Not a bad debut for a band that would take off and become one of the best of several Glam Metal bands. Just proof that, the 1980’s was about big hair, loud music, and partying.  

Track Listing:

Side one
1. “Wanted Man” 3:37
2. “You’re in Trouble” 3:16
3. “Round and Round” 4:22
4. “In Your Direction” 3:30
5. “She Wants Money” 3:04
Side two
6. “Lack of Communication” 3:52
7. “Back for More” 3:42
8. “The Morning After” 3:30
9. “I’m Insane” 2:54
10. “Scene of the Crime” 4:54


Invasion Of Your Privacy: Ratt

Rating: 80%

RattInvasionI hated most of the Hair Metal bands of the 1980’s as I thought the style and music was basically fake and full of posers. But some of the bands did stick out to me that were decent, including Motley Crue, Guns N’ Roses, L.A. Guns, and yes, Ratt…or at least this album. And by the way, the cover model is Playboy mate, Marianne Gravatte. 

This second album by Ratt is pretty good. It has plenty of good moments, even the semi-ballad “Closer to My Heart” is OK. Even though, I hated most of those love ballads by these Hair/Glam bands. The album has a nice flow to it, some good melodies, riffs, and yes, the classic Hair Metal style leads and solos.

The musicianship isn’t bad at all. Stephen Pearcy’s raspy vocal style is what sets this band apart from those others. There is no one that could even come close to sounding like him. Then you have the duel shock of guitars by Robbin Crosby and Warren DeMartini, who throw out the mighty riffs and leads. Surprisingly, Juan Croucier bass is right there and is clearly heard as he sets the timing right along with drummer Bobby Blotzer. 

The album opens with the killer song “You’re in Love.” To me, this song should have been a number one hit, as it is nothing more than pure Heavy Metal. “Lay It Down” is more or less one of those songs, even though it charted, was more of the same style as the rest of the Hair Metal bands. But, it’s not a bad song, just isn’t what I thought would have been a charter. In fact the majority of this album follows the same style as “Lay It Down.” There is some filler, but that is expected. “Between the Eyes” to me is another song that I don’t understand why it charted, to me that is a filler song as is “What You Give Is What You Get.” But hey, this is what those crazy long haired fist throwers wanted and that is what they got. All and all, this album is a well done album. I was lucky enough to get this as a teenager on vinyl for like .25c at a pawnshop when CD was getting to be popular.

Track listing:

1. “You’re in Love” 3:12
2. “Never Use Love”  3:54
3. “Lay It Down” 3:23
4. “Give It All”3:19
5. “Closer to My Heart” 4:30
Side two
6. “Between the Eyes” 3:54
7. “What You Give Is What You Get” 3:47
8. “Got Me on the Line” 3:04
9. “You Should Know by Now” 3:29
10. “Dangerous but Worth the Risk” 3:30