volving from '70's rock act Mickey Ratt, the modern Ratt was founded by Stephen Pearcy (vocals) and Robin Crosby (guitar). Within two years Warren DeMartini (guitar), Juan Crocier (bass) and Bobby Blotzer (drums) would join.
Ratt was their self-titled debut on their own indie 'Time Coast' label in 1983. With the help of friends Motley Crue, they secured a deal in 1984 with 'Atlantic', a company who was hot on the trot for Glam acts of the day. Out Of The Cellar (1984), their second effort, featuring Robbin Crosby replacing Lee, boasted enough pop flavor to hold for a while in the US charts, finally topping out at 7; it's feature track gone single, Round And Round, managing to make it to top 10. They then engaged on a tour with Ozzy Osbourne before teaming up on tour with Billy Squier, where they were supposedly thrown off for being more popular than the headlining act.
Invasion Of Your Privacy (1985) and Dancing Undercover (1986) would follow-up with slight improvements on the musical formula, even if the image was still the typical hair band look and feel. Subsequent releases starting with Reach For The Sky in 1988, would fail to receive the chart standings of their earlier works even though they maintained a strong live turn out in the USA, despite their videos receiving controversy for sexual innuendo. They were children of the video age back when it all started, and those same videos and networks could return to bite them back.
Detonator (1990) would see them step into the new decade on a high note with movement into the UK market. Rat n' Roll 81-91 (1991), a sort of "best of..." compilation, would see them recording sans 'Atlantic'. But just as the pop Metal market was finally starting to realize their talent, Pearcy would leave to form Arcade with two albums under that moniker to follow titled Arcade (1993) with himself on vocals,Fred Coury (ex-Cinderella; drums), Frankie Wilsey (ex-Sea Hags; guitar), Johnny Angel (ex-Michael Monroe; guitar) and Michael Andrews (bass), followed by A/2 (1994) with Donnie Syracuse taking over from Angel. Crosby would also find the exit.
In 1997 Ratt would attempt a reformation with Collage; it proved to be a disappointing effort. They have since fallen off the map and are missing in action, assumed dead.
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|City||Los Angeles, California|
|Active Years||1981-1991, 1997-|
|RRCA File Code||REV00481|