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

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