Faster Pussycat (1986-1992): a Glam Metal band from Los Angeles, California, USA.
he nucleus of Faster Pussycat was started in 1986 by Taime Downe (vocals) and Mick Cripps (guitar; who was subsequently replaced with Greg Steele soon after). Brent Muscat (guitar) and Eric Stacy (bass) and Mark Michaels (drums) were enlisted shortly later. Quickly signing to 'Elektra' they raised the tide of L.A. styles "sleaze"/glam rock scene along side the likes of Guns N' Roses and the lot. In 1987 they released their self-titled debut. The album became a classic of the genre and pushed all the right influential buttons coming across as a mix of Hanoi Rocks, Aerosmith, Kiss andRolling Stones. Don't Change That Song, a track on said aforementioned album, illustrated Russ Meyer's (creator of the cult film Faster Pussycat Kill! Kill) ability to influence the band in more than name but also a video featuring large-breasted rock "girls" bobbing too and fro in front of a jukebox. The album made the top 100 at 97 US all the same and helped boost the 1989 follow-up Wake Me When It's Over making 35 UK/48 US The album benefited from a more professional and conventional approach but lacked much of the sleaze that got them such notoriety. The subsequent European tour saw Michaels getting arrested on drug charges. Their final set proved to be Whipped (1992), an album that received acclaim from certain sectors of the rock press but was no enough to maintain their record contract and they split soon after.
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