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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.   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.   Dance
  15.   You're in Trouble
  16.   I Want a Woman
  17.   The Morning After
  18.   Shame Shame Shame
  19.   Give It All
  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.   Looking For Love
  26.   Closer to My Heart
  27.   One Good Lover
  28.   Nobody Rides for Free
  29.   I'm Insane
  30.   Scene of the Crime
  31.   In Your Direction
  32.   Got Me on the Line
  33.   Between the Eyes
  34.   Best of Me
  35.   What's It Gonna Be
  36.   Eat Me Up Alive
  37.   She Wants Money
  38.   Love on the Rocks (Demo 1989)
  39.   [Bonus Material] featuring Stephen Pearcy
  40.   Enough Is Enough
  41.   Sweet Cheater
  42.   Chain Reaction
  43.   You Should Know by Know
  44.   Last Call
  45.   Don't Let Go
  46.   As Good As It Gets
  47.   She's Got Everything
  48.   We Don't Belong
  49.   Live For Today
  50.   Over the Edge
  51.   Take a Chance
  52.   Walking The Dog
  53.   U Got It
  54.   Tell the World
  55.   Top Secret
  56.   What I'm After
  57.   Don't Bite the Hand That Feeds
  58.   Scatter
  59.   Gave up Given' Up
  60.   Garden of Eden
  61.   Way Cool Junior
  62.   Lovin' You [Fonic Mix LP}
  63.   Luv Sick
  64.   Drive Me Crazy
  65.   Lovin' You
  66.   Take It Anyway
  67.   Mother Blues
  68.   I Want It All
  69.   Hold Tight
  70.   Ratt Madness
  71.   Diamond Time Again
  72.   Dr. Rock
  73.   Can't Wait on Love
  74.   All or Nothing
  75.   Heads I Win, Tails You Lose
  76.   Hard Time
  77.   Scratch That Itch
  78.   Intro to Shame
  79.   No Surprise
  80.   I Want to Love You Tonight
  81.   City to City
  82.   Take Me Home
  83.   Lost Weekend
  84.   Look Out Below
  85.   Round and Around
  86.   Roud and Round
  87.   So Good, So Fine
  88.   All the Way
  89.   It Ain't Easy
  90.   Dead Reckoning
  91.   Tug of War
  92.   Breakout
  93.   Gave up Givin' Up
  94.   It Doesn't Matter
  95.   Steel River
  96.   Bottom Line
  97.   7th Avenue
  98.   A Little Too Much
  99.   Take a Big Bite

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