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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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Top Songs by

  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.   I Want a Woman
  15.   Dance
  16.   The Morning After
  17.   You're in Trouble
  18.   Give It All
  19.   Shame Shame Shame
  20.   Never Use Love
  21.   You Should Know by Now
  22.   You Think You're Tough
  23.   One Step Away
  24.   Dangerous But Worth the Risk
  25.   Between the Eyes
  26.   In Your Direction
  27.   Nobody Rides for Free
  28.   I'm Insane
  29.   Scene of the Crime
  30.   One Good Lover
  31.   Looking For Love
  32.   Closer to My Heart
  33.   Got Me on the Line
  34.   Best of Me
  35.   What's It Gonna Be
  36.   She Wants Money
  37.   All or Nothing
  38.   Tell the World
  39.   Steel River
  40.   Enough Is Enough
  41.   Take a Chance
  42.   City to City
  43.   Over the Edge
  44.   7th Avenue
  45.   Drive Me Crazy
  46.   I Want to Love You Tonight
  47.   Live For Today
  48.   What I'm After
  49.   Lost Weekend
  50.   Eat Me Up Alive
  51.   It Ain't Easy
  52.   It Doesn't Matter
  53.   I Want It All
  54.   Heads I Win, Tails You Lose
  55.   Hard Time
  56.   Scratch That Itch
  57.   Intro to Shame
  58.   Don't Bite the Hand That Feeds
  59.   Look Out Below
  60.   Last Call
  61.   Garden of Eden
  62.   Don't Let Go
  63.   As Good As It Gets
  64.   So Good, So Fine
  65.   Dead Reckoning
  66.   Tug of War
  67.   Breakout
  68.   We Don't Belong
  69.   Gave up Givin' Up
  70.   Top Secret
  71.   Bottom Line
  72.   No Surprise
  73.   Luv Sick
  74.   Chain Reaction
  75.   Take a Big Bite
  76.   Take Me Home
  77.   A Little Too Much
  78.   Love on the Rocks (Demo 1989)
  79.   Can't Wait on Love
  80.   All the Way

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