Heavy Metal, Pop-Metal, Hard Rock, Hair Metal, Album Rock
Rebellious, Aggressive, Brash, Outrageous, Sleazy, Rowdy, Confident, Rousing, Freewheeling
Ratt is an American heavy metal band that had significant commercial success in the 1980s, with their albums having been certified as gold, platinum, and multi-platinum by the RIAA. The group is perhaps best known for hit singles such as "Round and Round" and "Lay It Down", tracks that ranked on Billboard's top 40 at No. 12 and No. 40, respectively, as well as other songs such as "Wanted Man", "You're in Love" and "Dance". Along with groups such as friendly rivals Mötley Crüe, Ratt has been recognized as instrumental in the formation of the early 1980s Los Angeles glam metal scene, also known as "hair metal" or "pop metal".
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Ratt was a hugely successful sleaze band that emerged from the Los Angeles glam scene. Branding their music "Ratt'n'Roll", the rodent rockers had hit after hit until the bottom fell out of the movement in the early 90's.
Originally formed in Los Angeles and known as Mickey Ratt, in 1981 the name was shortened to Ratt by founding member and vocalist Stephen Pearcy. Guitarists Warren DeMartini and Robbin Crosby, Juan Croucier (bass) and Bobby Blotzer (drums) rounded out the band. The self titled debut EP caused people to stand up and take notice, and led to a major label deal with Atlantic.
Out Of The Cellar went on to sell over 3 million copies, and with the help of the hit single "Round And Round", Ratt became one of metal's biggest names. Future albums never matched the debut's success, however platinum albums and sold out shows were the norm for the band during the late 80's. Top 40 albums and singles like "Lay It Down" and "Dance" were commonplace, however by 1990 things were about to change. Crosby left in 1990, and the band became a four piece with the release of "Nobody Rides For Free" for the Point Break soundtrack. Pearcy walked away shortly after to form Arcade, and Ratt quickly dissolved. Blotzer would join the super group Contraband for one album.
In 1997 Ratt decided to make their return as a four piece with Robbie Crane (Vince Neil solo) on bass. The first new material in years was released in 1999 and they hit the road with several other 80's bands on a highly successful tour. But in early 2000 Pearcy left again, leaving the band in limbo and forcing them to cancel tour dates. The remaining members toured with Jizzy Pearl (from Love/Hate and L.A.Guns fame) and John Corabi (ex-Motley Crue and The Scream), but found themselves without a record label. Sadly, the legendary Robbin Crosby lost his long fight with drugs, and succumbed to AIDS on June 6, 2002. Reforming once again in 2007, Ratt hit the road before recruiting former Quiet Riot guitarist Carlos Cavazon to release the Infestation CD.
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Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
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Glam metal, heavy metal, hard rock
1976–1992, 1997–2014, (On hiatus since 2014)
Atlantic, Portrait, Roadrunner
Warren DeMartini, Bobby Blotzer, Juan Croucier, Carlos Cavazo
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