In 1976, Stephen Pearcy formed a band called Mickey Ratt
in San Diego. The band did produce some under this name, and many
well known rockers graced it's membership (such as Jake E. Lee).
By 1981, the band had moved to Los Angeles and shortened the name of the
band to simply "Ratt" and began looking for a major record deal.
It wasn't long before many of the original band members, including Jake
E. Lee, left to form the band Rough Cutt. After a few additional
transitions, the classic Ratt member line up that we are familiar with
was solidified: Pearcy on vocals, Warren DeMartini on guitar,
Bobby Blotzer on drums, Robbin Crosby on guitar, and Juan Croucier on
In 1983, Ratt had landed a record deal on a minor label
and they released their
The success of this initial effort landed the band a major record deal
with Atlantic Records and the subsequent release of
Out of the Cellar
in 1984. Many of you will remember the hit songs "Round and Round"
and "Wanted Man" from this album. MTV also helped the band explode
by giving Ratt videos heavy rotation. In support of this album,
Ratt toured with bands like Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Squier, Blackfoot, Lita
Ford, Motley Crue, Iron Maiden, and and Twisted Sister. Another
interesting fact about Ratt is that Crosby's high school girlfriend,
Tawny Kitaen, was featured in some Ratt videos and album cover art.
Tawny later became David Coverdale's (Whitesnake) gal and was featured
on the video "Here I Go Again".
In 1985, the band released
Invasion of Your Privacy,
which charted at number 7 (like their 1984 release) and brought us songs
like "Your'e In Love" and "Lay It Down". The band continued to
pump out the hits.
(1986) included the songs "Dance" and "Slip of the Lip", while
Reach for the Sky
(1988) brought us songs like "Way Cool Jr." and "I Want a
Woman". The bands 1990 release,
Detonator, included the songs "Shame Shame Shame" and "Lovin'
You's a Diry Job". Some critics complained at the time that Ratt
was all over the board with their music style, from bordering on thrash
metal to teetering on pop metal. In our opinion, this is what
makes Ratt's music what it is: Variety.
In 1991, Crosby's drug use forced the band to cut him
lose, and he was quickly replaced by Michael Schenker (MSG) for a time.
In 1992, Pearcy left the band to form the short lived band Arcade.
Shortly after, the remaining band members went on to other projects.
By 1996, Ratt had reunited with some original members (including Pearcy)
and some new members. They released a new self-titled album in
1999. Needless to say, as the years went on, there were additional
break ups, reunions, mega metal tours (Rocklahoma, Shiprocked), and new
material. In 2002, Crosby died of a Heroin overdose. In 2010, Ratt came back
together and released a new album,
Infestation, which charted at number 30 on the Billboard Top 200.
At the time of this writing, the Ratt Discography was as follows:1983: Ratt
1984: Out of the Cellar
1985: Invasion of Your Privacy
1986: Dancing Undercover
1988: Reach for the Sky
1991: Ratt N Roll 81-91
2007: Tell the world: The Very Best of Ratt