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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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  2.   Round and Round
  3.   Lay It Down
  4.   You're in Love
  5.   Givin' Yourself Away
  6.   Way Cool Jr.
  7.   Back for More
  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.   You're in Trouble
  17.   Shame Shame Shame
  18.   You Should Know by Now
  19.   Never Use Love
  20.   The Morning After
  21.   Give It All
  22.   You Think You're Tough
  23.   One Step Away
  24.   Dangerous But Worth the Risk
  25.   Between the Eyes
  26.   Nobody Rides for Free
  27.   I'm Insane
  28.   Scene of the Crime
  29.   Closer to My Heart
  30.   One Good Lover
  31.   Got Me on the Line
  32.   Looking For Love
  33.   In Your Direction
  34.   Best of Me
  35.   What's It Gonna Be
  36.   She Wants Money
  37.   A Little Too Much
  38.   Take a Big Bite
  39.   Last Call
  40.   I Want to Love You Tonight
  41.   Eat Me Up Alive
  42.   Hard Time
  43.   7th Avenue
  44.   You Should Know by Know
  45.   Lost Weekend
  46.   Don't Let Go
  47.   Way Cool Junior
  48.   Roud and Round
  49.   It Doesn't Matter
  50.   What I'm After
  51.   Look Out Below
  52.   As Good As It Gets
  53.   She's Got Everything
  54.   Tug of War
  55.   Live For Today
  56.   Over the Edge
  57.   Enough Is Enough
  58.   Walking The Dog
  59.   U Got It
  60.   Can't Wait on Love
  61.   Heads I Win, Tails You Lose
  62.   Scatter
  63.   City to City
  64.   Gave up Given' Up
  65.   Take Me Home
  66.   Garden of Eden
  67.   [Bonus Material] featuring Stephen Pearcy
  68.   Lovin' You [Fonic Mix LP}
  69.   Dead Reckoning
  70.   Drive Me Crazy
  71.   Sweet Cheater
  72.   Lovin' You
  73.   Take It Anyway
  74.   Mother Blues
  75.   I Want It All
  76.   Hold Tight
  77.   Ratt Madness
  78.   Diamond Time Again
  79.   Dr. Rock
  80.   Steel River
  81.   Tell the World
  82.   Top Secret
  83.   All or Nothing
  84.   Scratch That Itch
  85.   Intro to Shame
  86.   Bottom Line
  87.   Chain Reaction
  88.   Love on the Rocks (Demo 1989)
  89.   Don't Bite the Hand That Feeds
  90.   Round and Around
  91.   So Good, So Fine
  92.   All the Way
  93.   It Ain't Easy
  94.   No Surprise
  95.   Take a Chance
  96.   Gave up Givin' Up
  97.   We Don't Belong
  98.   Breakout
  99.   Luv Sick

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