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Ratt's brash, melodic heavy metal made the Los Angeles quintet one of the most popular rock acts of the mid-'80s. The group had its origins in the '70s group Mickey Ratt, which had evolved into Ratt by 1983; at that time the band featured vocalist Stephen Pearcy, guitarist Robbin Crosby, guitarist Warren DeMartini, bassist Juan Croucier, and drummer Bobby Blotzer. The band released its self-titled first album independently in 1983, which led to a major label contract with Atlantic Records. Their first album under this deal, 1984's Out of the Cellar, was a major success, reaching the American Top Ten and selling over three million copies. "Round and Round," the first single drawn from the album, hit number 12, proving the band had pop crossover potential. While their second album, 1985's Invasion of Your Privacy, didn't match the multi-platinum figures of Out of the Cellar, it also reached the Top Ten and sold over a million copies. By that time, the band could sell out concerts across the country and was a staple on MTV and AOR radio. Both Dancin' Undercover (1986) and Reach for the Sky (1988) continued Ratt's platinum streak and their audience, had only slipped slightly by the time of their final album, 1990's Detonator. In 1992, Pearcy left Ratt to form his own band, Arcade, issuing a pair of releases -- 1993's self-titled debut and 1994's A/2 -- before forming another new band, Vertex (issuing a lone self-titled release in 1996). With their brand of glam metal out of step with the then-burgeoning alt-rock movement, Ratt decided to sit out much of the '90s, during which time DeMartini issued a solo album, Crazy Enough to Sing to You. But by the late '90s, the public's interest in '80s rock began to perk up, leading to Ratt reuniting in time for 1997's Collage. Two years later, Ratt's second self-titled release of their recording career was issued, following the same formula as its predecessor. Shortly thereafter, Pearcy left the group once again, as he soon began fronting two bands, the more modern-sounding outfit Vicious Delite (a self-titled debut appeared in 2000) and Nitronic. Pearcy also formed his own record label (Top Fuel Records), and released several collections of archival material: Arcade's A/3: Live & Unreleased; Mickey Ratt's The Garage Tape Dayz 78-81; and, under his own name, the demo collection Before and Laughter. Pearcy's first true solo album, Social Intercourse, was released in 2001. Despite Pearcy's exit from the band, Ratt continued to carry on with new members Jizzy Pearl (former Love/Hate) on vocals, John Corabi (former Mötley Crüe) on guitar, and bassist Robbie Crane joining original members DeMartini and Blotzer. In the summer of 2001, long MIA Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby disclosed to the public that he was battling AIDS, and Croucier soon began organizing a benefit album for his former bandmate. After struggling for years with the resulting health problems, Crosby died in Los Angeles in June 2002. Pearcy returned to the fold in 2010 for the group's seventh full-length album, Infestation. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Greg Prato
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  1.   Song
  2.   Round and Round
  3.   Lay It Down
  4.   You're in Love
  5.   Givin' Yourself Away
  6.   Back for More
  7.   Way Cool Jr.
  8.   Lovin' You's a Dirty Job
  9.   Slip of the Lip
  10.   Wanted Man
  11.   Lack of Communication
  12.   Body Talk
  13.   What You Give Is What You Get
  14.   Dance
  15.   I Want a Woman
  16.   Never Use Love
  17.   You're in Trouble
  18.   Give It All
  19.   You Should Know by Now
  20.   Shame Shame Shame
  21.   You Think You're Tough
  22.   The Morning After
  23.   One Step Away
  24.   Dangerous But Worth the Risk
  25.   Looking For Love
  26.   Between the Eyes
  27.   In Your Direction
  28.   Nobody Rides for Free
  29.   One Good Lover
  30.   Closer to My Heart
  31.   Scene of the Crime
  32.   Got Me on the Line
  33.   I'm Insane
  34.   Best of Me
  35.   What's It Gonna Be
  36.   As Good As It Gets
  37.   Eat Me Up Alive
  38.   Don't Bite the Hand That Feeds
  39.   Hard Time
  40.   Heads I Win, Tails You Lose
  41.   A Little Too Much
  42.   Love on the Rocks (Demo 1989)
  43.   All the Way
  44.   Can't Wait on Love
  45.   Breakout
  46.   Bottom Line
  47.   You Should Know by Know
  48.   Look Out Below
  49.   Last Call
  50.   [Bonus Material] featuring Stephen Pearcy
  51.   So Good, So Fine
  52.   It Ain't Easy
  53.   Gave up Givin' Up
  54.   Over the Edge
  55.   Enough Is Enough
  56.   U Got It
  57.   Mother Blues
  58.   Scratch That Itch
  59.   Sweet Cheater
  60.   Walking The Dog
  61.   Chain Reaction
  62.   Scatter
  63.   She's Got Everything
  64.   Lovin' You [Fonic Mix LP}
  65.   It Doesn't Matter
  66.   7th Avenue
  67.   Drive Me Crazy
  68.   Lovin' You
  69.   Take It Anyway
  70.   Hold Tight
  71.   Ratt Madness
  72.   Diamond Time Again
  73.   Dr. Rock
  74.   Tell the World
  75.   Top Secret
  76.   All or Nothing
  77.   Intro to Shame
  78.   What I'm After
  79.   No Surprise
  80.   Steel River
  81.   Gave up Given' Up
  82.   Take a Big Bite
  83.   Take Me Home
  84.   Lost Weekend
  85.   Luv Sick
  86.   Dead Reckoning
  87.   Tug of War
  88.   We Don't Belong
  89.   Live For Today
  90.   Take a Chance
  91.   I Want It All
  92.   City to City
  93.   Garden of Eden
  94.   Don't Let Go
  95.   I Want to Love You Tonight
  96.   Roud and Round
  97.   She Wants Money
  98.   Round and Around
  99.   Way Cool Junior

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