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RATT Gets Shiprocked, Top 5 Videos

Posted on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments11 Comments

Day four at sea, my dearest landlubbers. The members of RATT are wandering the same cruise ship as your fearless Glam mistress. I wonder who will get more Shiprocked, me or Stephen Pearcy? RATT's been in the studio, working on a new disc for RoadRunner Records. It's supposed to be called Infestation (get it?!) and set to be released in March 2010. While I doubt I'll hear much new RATT during the band's concert, I fully intend to hear and enjoy all the classic hits. With that, here's my take on the top 5 RATT videos of all time.


Number 5 - "I Want A Woman." Special commentary: this is also my favorite RATT song period and I love that the show producer in this video is a woman. That is all.



Number 4 - "Givin' Yourself Away." More special commentary - Why don't people paint giant banners made of bed sheets for concerts anymore? Also, my second favorite RATT song. Alas.



Number 3 - "Slip of the Lip"



Number 2 - "Way Cool, Jr." Special commentary: the band members had hair that was, I must admit, off the chain!



Number 1 - "Wanted Man." Horrible acting and a crappy plot clearly make this one of the best metal videos of the 80s. Period.



Notice I left off "Round and Round." Bugger all, I could go without ever hearing that song again. It was RATT's breakthrough single, but I think they have much better songs and it's not fair to recognize them for only that one tune. Agree?

Reader Comments (11)

Aww man! You forgot my FAVORITE Ratt song and video. Lovin yous a dirty job! That song rules!
November 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
Hello?!

"Round and Round"!

Don't care how "played" some might consider it, this is not only the definitive song of the entire Hair Metal genre, but the video is the definitive video of the same, as well.

It never gets old!

Both should be in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian as such.

I mean, c'mon! DiMartini crashin' through the ceiling and landing on the dining room table and crankin' the lead?! That's it right there! And much to the chagrin of famed actor and comedian, Milton Berle, whose seated at the head of the table.

p.s. As I've mentioned elsewhere here, saw 'em in the summer of '89 at Hammerjack's in Baltimore, MD with Robbin Crosby (RIP, god bless, man.) who was crankin' away and havin' a great ol' time with all his classic stage moves and messin' with the front row and stuff! And they were killer! And DiMartini just shredded the place to bits! And I was point blank for the whole thing. Later I saw Fred Coury and Jason Bonham milling about in the place. Hammerjack's was packed to the gills but we got there so early we were oblivious. It was only when we turned around after the show was over, that we noted how b*lls to the wall packed it was. The show was that riveting! And so was "Round and Round" when I first saw it. I'd say it even changed my life, seriously (hahaha!!!, but probably true!).
November 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
how can lay it down not be on this list one of the greatest opening guitar riffs of any song ever, anyways ive seen ratt also a couple times and they rocked but never got to see robin play already deceased rip, anyways hopefully the new stuff rocks there last cd wasnt too bad but room for improvement though. this band has so many great songs its hard to just pick out a few.
November 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterglamrockerarchie
RATTOLOGY
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Al must have had a killer time seein' 'em on Shiprocked! Hope she's got some shots n' vids for us. I really want to go on that next time, if there is a next time, but seems like there will be...

Okay, since "Round and Round" doesn't count (hahaha!!!) even though that would be the only thing you'd need to put in a time capsule from 1984 -- well, that and maybe the Apple commercial, "1984"...

I'm going with "You're In Love". Yeah, so maybe the lyrics aren't exactly a Shakespeare solilique (Hell, yeah, I had to spellcheck that one, and I still don't know what it means) on love. But the song is catchy, hooks galore, and the live footage is spectacular.

Our boyz are at their Glam Best! Great camera work and editing. We even have Robbin catching an unidentified flying object that makes it's way to the stage. Man, these guys had quite the stage rig, and the moves, for this tour.

A little "Rattology"...

... throughout this commentary for you guys, if you are interested...

It's also cool how they incorporated old, mostly black and white, movie footage of film icons Ronald Reagan (well, "icon" can be used loosely here, he was prez at the time this vid came out -- Geez!), Betty Boop, Valentino, Peter Lorre, Mickey Rooney, Ingmar Bergman, Cary Grant, Doris Day, I think Sinatra, all smoochin' it up (high concept, whoa, I get it, of them "in love"), the best being Marilyn Monroe and Groucho Marx. The employment of mostly old black and white footage intercut with the full color, state-of-the-art (well, at the time) Ratt live footage also serves as a great way to juxtapose the two, the "old" and the "new" and really make the Ratt stuff pop.

I also like the "Way Cool, Jr." vid a lot for one reason and one reason alone... the very last shot. Talk about iconic!

And what about the vid for "Back For More"? Not the strongest song, granted, if ya don't mind me sayin', but funny opener with a very young Tawny Kitean (Robbin's high school sweetheart and later, Coverdale's paramour and star of all those big Whitesnake vids). That's cool.

I also tried to find a vid for "City to City", even if it was just pro shot or fan stuff but not official on YouTube, as that's one of my faves and one of their classics, having been around since their Mickey Ratt incarnation.

Hey, there's a fairly current cool clip of 'em on YouTube you may have seen of "Ratt on the Black Carpet at Revolver Metal Awards" or whatever the hell it is, if you haven't already seen it. Revealing comments from the boyz particularly Warren's reasons for idolizing Ozzy and Pearcy's observation of today's Metal. Quite telling. It's fun to watch Cavuso sticking his head in and out. Everyone here, of course, realizes that dude could be an interview in itself.

After having practically every Ratt song on my iTunes, including Mickey Ratt stuff, here's what I've boiled it down to...

Dance
Slip of the Lip
Body Talk
Looking For Love
7th Avenue
Giving Yourself Away
Loving You Is A Dirty Job
One Step Away
Round and Round
City to City
Way Cool Jr.
I Want To Love You Tonight
What's It Gonna Be
You're In Love

Please let me know if I should add something back on, my Glam Metal friends, as this site is about the idea to Bring Back Glam, and the above list is the perfect place to do it.

A lot of "Dancin' Undercover" stuff in the above list, coincidentally, as you may have noticed.

Hey, I've also got a huge official record company promo poster of that famous black and white "lips" photograph from the inside album cover with the coolest band logo ever, bar none, RATT, of course, with the cool Dancing Undercover lettering underneath. Found it on the internet, of course. That dude that will come up when you Google "Ratt Dancing Undercover Poster", I think (sorry, I'm the missing link when it comes to sending links, as you might have guessed)... well, I think he still has a few of the smaller ones left (which are still pretty big... 11X24). And, whoa!, has he got some cool Glam Metal posters and not too expensive, either... tons of 'em, actually... all official record company promo posters. We're talkin' the motherlode of Metal stuff, boyz.

Question: Who is the photographer of the "lips"? Could someone check the liner notes for the photo credit. I've got this CD, along with all the rest, in storage and it's buggin' me. I think it's Helmut Newton who also shot the cover for the Scorps "Love At First Sting" album, but I could be wrong. Whoever the heck it is, that shot, and the shots of each band member is some of the coolest album cover photography ever. I just think they should have flopped it and put the lips on the front and the boys on the inside or the back. That may have even been the original idea but you all know what those "death by committee" meetings are like. If the "lips" shot is not a Helmut Newton shot, it is definitely in homage (read -- "knock off"). Check out that dude's photography. Killer.

I also look forward to hearin' the new stuff. I mean, c'mon, DiMartini and Cavuso, who I've both seen live, in their original band line-ups, now joining forces? I'm surprised they didn't cause Shiprocked to become shipwrecked with the shredfest that must have occured on there! Killers, both. Talk about upping the ante, no offense to anyone dead or alive... Not to go on, but I mean, really, here is a case where your plussing up. They kinda did it when Robbin was sidelined (RIP. Love you, man. Watch that YouTube clip of him playing supposedly his last documented guitar lead which was captured in the studio... absolutely heartbreaking... and awesome at the same time!), where Michael Schenker sat in (Oh, don't even get me started on him... What a God... Perfect Timing and Save Yourself) for that MTV Unplugged thing, which is just wild to watch.

And, last but not least, Al...

A video of Ratt exists on YouTube of 'em in '91 with Schenker battling it out with Warren on your fave, "Round and Round", hahaha!!!

And...

"Viva, Cavuso!"

p.s. seriously, that Round and Round vid is art! It should be in the Museum of Broadcasting permanent collection (actually, I pretty sure it is, along with all of their other official videos).

p.s.s.t. Overshot this one by a mile but it is at least a little shorter. I just can't resist spilling it all out here cuz of our mutual love of Metal. Should be trimmin' it on the next one. It's just Al picks such great subs and y'all's comments bring it all out. We should be able to get it on autoedit for the next one.

Disclaimer: Typos, typos, typos and run-ons... sorry, kidz!
November 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
You're In Love with it's "drop D" tuning is just a rip your face off riff,as is Lay It Down. Demartini is a phenominal guitarist who can also write the big melodic hooks that this old guy is so fond of....8)
November 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGary
Gary,

Thanks for the "Hear, Hear!"

It's great to get the feedback from you youngsters.

When you're my age (eternally 14), you'll appreciate where I'm coming from.

For now embrace every moment and live in it, as I do, and as I'm sure you do, so you can remember it and cherish it and be able to share it with younger generations to come who have a common interest in this almighty goal of ours to: Bring Back Glam! And this time make sure it stays!

I can take great satisfaction in knowing that I saw these guys when I was your age, maybe younger, and having that "drop D" tuning rip my face off, point blank, hands on the stage close. And thanks for that description, priceless... I was wondering what it was that happened to me that fateful night at Hammerjack's!

And you are absolutely right. Great melodic hooks that not only I , the old guy, am fond of, but you, the young guy, appreciate, as well.

These guys wrote the template and the template, that has rarely been rivaled by anyone, including themselves, is "Round and Round". And though Al contends that many think of Ratt as a one hit wonder, "Round and Round" being that hit, we know, and many others know, full well, there's much more to their catalog than one song.

But, hey, it's quite an achievement to have the Best Hair Metal Anthem in history and then have a catalog that charted nearly as high and gives everybody the chance to debate over which is best.

Thanks, Gary... let's keep our discussion of RATTOLOGY going...

p.s. What's cool is the words and music to "Round and Round" were co-written by Robbin Crosby, who shared in much of the songwriting with DeMartino, providing equal songwriting contributions to their compositions, particularly the early years. It's interesting to note that Crosby was a founding member of Ratt, and helped select DeMartini to join them. It was only later, when the band began to sell out more and more, and Crosby slowly succumbed to his own demons, that everything fell apart. Fortunately, as I mentioned, I got to see 'em at what was at the time, the seminal rock club on the East Coast, Hammerjack's in Baltimore. It is no more but I was there and you can still get the T-Shirt.
November 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
I realized after leaving my last comment to Gary, here, that when he said "old guy", he may have been referring to himself and not me, in which case I'm an even bigger a*s than the one you guys already thought I was.

That said, I still stand by the essence of what I believe about Ratt...

And that's the fact that most of Ratt's stuff is great. There are so many great vids that could be in Al's top 5, too.

And I contend that "Round and Round" is not only their standout, but the quintessential Best Hair Metal Song Of All Time, because it was truly breakthrough when it came out and is unrivaled in having all the qualities we're looking for in Glam Metal.

Forever caught in a time warp known as 1984...

p.s. You guys ever heard Crucified Barbara? New band of femme fatales from Sweden that Jack over on Al's Broken Teeth post here recommended. Killer!
November 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Well, since you are talking about my all-time favorite 80's hair band I must ad my 2 cents...my top five video's would be...

5.Lay It Down(One of the greatest riff's ever)
4.Body Talk (I still think they filmed it at HARA ARENA)
3.Back for More (Robbin Crosby gets Tawny Kitane)
2.Wanted Man (agree with the horrible acting but, GREAT SONG!!!)
1.Round N Round (Always a classic...RIP Uncle Milty)
November 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCK
Yeah, I ws refering to myself bud, as I'm 46! (but also eternally 17...)
November 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGary
Hahaha!!!

Glad we're still on Ratt, boyz!

Maybe we'll see the other Ratts out of the cellar before long, too!

But for now, let's warm the cauldron in case they join us. Let's ignite the fire with this Jackson and Charvelle kindling and prepare some Ratt Soup for all to enjoy!

And let's throw these chopped up bits of wood from these old Zenith, RCA and Magnavox console TV's we watch Ratt's videos with under there, too.

How about moving the discussion to just the songs? And just the music.

But first...

CK, great list! I like all those vids and I even appreciate your running order, especially since I see "Round and Round" as your #1. And I like your "Countdown" approach, too!

Gary, yeah, I'm lookin' like a real heel, with that whole rant (albeit a silver sequined stack heel, like Alice Cooper in that old but killer "I'm Eighteen" vid). But I get a kick out of the fact that you are conveniently eternally 17 and I'm inconveniently eternally 14. Something tells me your Glam Metal Avatar would kick my Glam Metal Avatar's *ss!

Yikes!

Anyway, before it does, let's discuss Ratt some more.

Gotta say, a fair amount of the Rock Intelligencia kinda unjustly poo-poo these guys like so many of the other acts of our favorite genre, Glam Metal. But then again, there are plenty of us out there who embrace this kind of music, as you guys and I do, to fight back so we can continue our fearless effort to Bring Back Glam.

It's ridiculous to categorize Ratt as one hit wonders, as Allyson indicated in her original remarks, as is often the case, stating, "...it's not fair to recognize them for only one song."

But I say, for a moment, let's stop the Metal Machine and recognize this one song within their incredible catalog for what it is and the huge effect it had on the genre of Hair Metal and still does, today.

Al is right when she says "Round and Round" is their breakthrough single. I agree, but I would go even further, as I somewhat stated in my most recent post. I contend that it is the breakthrough single of the entire genre of Glam Metal. Yes, Quite Riot had a #5 U.S. hit in '83 with "Cum On Feel The Noize", but that was a cover of a Slade song from '73.

Though it only peaked at #12, I contend "Round and Round" is more important than "Cum On Feel The Noise", even if it did come out around a year after "Cum on Feel The Noise", because it's an original tune written by Crosby, Pearcy and De Martini, whereas the Quiet Riot song is a Slade original from '73. Not to take anything away from those boyz, for sure (poor Kev, RIP and God Bless).

It's interesting to note here that right now, ex-QR axeslinger, Carlos Cavuso, is shreddin' up a storm along side DeMartini in Ratt this very moment in Orlando or somewhere (My '85 T-top Trans Am won't make it up there, dang it!). Ratt sure has their music in the right Hair Metal hands with Cavuso and De Martino, for sure.

So in 1984, Ratt started it all with one killer shot across the bow of everything Hair Metal that was either already out at that time (Quiet Riot, etc.), in the pipeline at that moment, or Hair Metal to come.

It's true we also had Def Leppard's #12 U.S. hit, the innovative "Photograph" as a major influence on the genre (dudes! That opening riff!) but I believe that doesn't count as much because it's British and not as sleazy, regardless of the risque undertones of the lyrics, as Quiet Riot or our fave boyz, Ratt, even though "Photograph" is another one of my all time favorite Hair Metal Anthems.

And we have Ozzy's "Crazy Train" and "Mr. Crowley" with it's Randy Rhoad's pyrotechnic guitar which was obviously a huge influence on the L.A. Metal Scene's guitar boyz. And though I know this is perhaps considered Hair Metal, it's not as sleazy in sound as "Round and Round", either.

I would also vote Motley Crue as perhaps having more influence than anyone on the style of Glam Metal both musically and fashion-wise (tho 'wise" is a funny word to be used here), except for one little thing...

Yep, "Round and Round".

As catchy and groundbreaking as all of the Crue's music was up to the time of the release of Ratt's "Round and Round", none of it was as unique, or as fresh, in both strong song structure, as well as, lyrically than "R & R". Yeah, you had "Livewire" (one of my Top 10 Greatest Glam Metal Songs of All Time, easily), from 81's breakthrough "Too Fast For Love" album, but that was not the slick pop confection "Round and Round" was, when it was released, not by a long shot.

Then came Crue's '83 album, "Shout at The Devil" and Motley's troika of Mainstream Rock Tracks charters, "Looks That Kill", "Too Young To Fall In Love" and "Shout At The Devil" that now displayed a slick, irresistable pop Metal sheen with the glossy production of Tom Werman, that could rival "R & R", which was still another year or so away from release, but that alone cannot beat it.

If I've forgotten any other close calls of other Hair Metal songs that have influenced the entire genre approaching the level of "Round and Round", please flag 'em for me.

So, having cited those Hair Metal competitors, I still say "Round and Round" beats 'em by a Metal Mile! Even Metallica, though not really thought of as Hair Metal per se, today, were still a teensy-weensy little bit kinda like Hair Metal, yet didn't come close to the groundbreaking sensibilities and majesty of "Round & Round".

Metallica may have been seen as more legit by the "purists" and their critical embrace of "Ride The Lightning" but the superiority of "R&R" over anything on "Ride..."is obvious. (Whoa! Tho maybe Metallica's stuff is seen as more legit, at least in the eyes of those in other "more serious" Read: humorless, Metal circles). But those who prefer Metallica and dismiss Ratt, take note, Metallica performed "Round and Round" as an encore at a '93 show.

So out of all those influential Hair Metal bands, I give it to Ratt, solely on the originality of "Round and Round". While I'm sure my guitarslingers out there could do a much better job describing the merits of this song from a purely musical standpoint and how that sets it apart from the rest, I will attempt to explain all it's virtues as best I can from the laymen listener point of view...

First, the lyrics are not typical, by any stretch of the imagination, when holding up "Round and Round" against any possible comer...


"Round and Round"

Words and Music by Steven Pearcy, Robbin Crosby, Warren DiMartini

Out on the streets, that's where we'll meet
You make the night, I always cross the line
Tightened our belts, abused ourselves
Get in our way, we'll put you on your shelf

Another day, some other way
We're gonna go, but then we'll see you again
I've had enough, we've had enough
Cold in vain, she said

I knew right from the beginning
That you would end up winnin'
I knew right from the start
You'd put an arrow through my heart

Round and round
With love we'll find a way just to give it time
Round and round
What comes around comes around
I'll tell you why, dig

Lookin' at you, lookin' at me
The way you move, you know it's easy to see
The neon light's on me tonight
I've got a way, we're gonna prove it tonight

Like Romeo and Juliet, time and time
I'm gonna make you mine
I've had enough, we've had enough
It's all the same, she said

I knew right from the beginning
That you would end up winnin'
I knew right from the start
You'd put an arrow through my heart

Round and round
With love, we'll find a way
Just give it time
Round and round
What comes around goes around
I'll tell you why, yeah

Out on the streets
That's where we'll meet
You make the night I always cross the line
Tightened our belts, abuse ourselves
Get in our way, we'll put you on your shelf

Round and round
With love we'll find a way, just give it time
Round and round
What comes around, goes around
I'll tell you why

Round and round
With love we'll find a way, just give it time
Round and round
What comes around goes around
I'll tell you why, round and round

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Kapish?

Sheer bloody poetry!

Okay, a bit cryptic. And maybe written with what would sound best with the music in mind, but it just oozes sleaze-cool! They've even got a Shakespeare reference in there! It's a love song! And it's a real bad-*ss song, too! All rolled into one. It's not your typical song, that's for damned sure!

And that's just the lyrics.

Now for the music, which I hope one of you all will take apart for me with a guitar player's or another musician's explanation of what it is that makes this different, but I'll try and do it in, like I said, layman listener's terms...

Not only does it Rock b*lls, Ratt's "Round and Round" swings! Steven Tyler has spoken about creating his songs and what he likes about it and he has said, "It's the jazz of it". And like Tyler hears jazz in what he does, I hear jazz in "Round and Round". I wouldn't be surprised if there's a musician out there who can explain why that is... whether it's chord structures or timing changes. Also, how about that dual guitar lead in the middle? It's almost like classical music. The song hits you up side the head but gently, then heavily. It's got the dynamics and hooks and riffs galore that were never before imagined, and very different than anything that had become before it or has come after it. It's like 12 songs you've never heard before, packed into one, continuously revealing a different idea at every turn, yet coming back once more to it's catchiest parts.

Un-kapish? I dunno if I'm really makin' any sense, so... Someone else take this one apart for me musically, please!

Whoa, Ratt Alert!:

Go frickin' figure, dude's! Just as I'm writing this, guess who's on That Frickin' Metal Show on VH-1 Classic right this sec?

Yep, Pearcy and DiMartini...

And what are they talkin' about? Yep. "Out of the Cellar".

Talkin' 'bout the two of 'em writing, plus, Warren was careful to mention Crosby's involvement... The three of 'em writing and how this is something Pearcy and De Martini have gotten back to with the new album (ironic, since Robbin hated the idea of outside writers to begin with, which contributed to tensions within the band), where they've just finished living, eating and sleeping, writing and recording it in an actual mansion somewhere. No outside writers. And no cell phones, De Martini mentioned. Just getting back to what they feel is what made "Out Of The Cellar" the landmark album that it is, and how they want to recapture that raw spontaneous creative process on the new one. A perfect example of some more people who want to Bring Back Glam! the way it was meant to be!

And DiMartini continues to talk about when he was jamming at the time he and Robbin and Stephen were in the formative stages of writing "Out Of The Cellar", and didn't even know he could write. They were all living together in a two bedroom apartment in L.A. and all their energy was going into writing and creating the music for what would be their first record.

Di Martini says the start of it, and an integral part of making it happen, occured totally randomly, in an impromptu jam session with Jake E. Lee in that apartment, which they affectionately referred to as the Ratt Mansion, where he first started playing around with the ideas that would eventually evolve into Ratt tunes on "Out Of..." and that Jake, in turn, was simultaneously coming up with stuff that would eventually wind up on "Bark At The Moon". Wild!

Try and catch the re-run of this one, if ya missed it... Just packed with great trivia from intro to outro...

And what an incredible coincidence it came on just as I was typing away on this...

You can really feel the heat on now that they are really getting more and more attention and genuinely feeling all the appreciation. Look at Al's terrific post with the vids and her recent experience on Shiprocked seeing them onstage once again, just days ago. And they've got Cavuso, who Warren said brought 4 songs in that wound up on the album. I can't wait to see any pics and scoops she may have on the whole aquatic adventure, especially with the Ratt boyz!

Oh, and Eddie Trunk just mentioned the new Ratt album is due out in 2010!

Moving on, but not really...

Just not going 'round and 'round on "Round and Round" for now and for Al's sake, probably forever...

Hey Al, you said you could go without ever hearing "R & R" again, but you didn't say that you could go without ever hearing ABOUT "R & R" again, hahaha!!!

Just kiddin', Al...

So, just to totally exhaust the subject of Ratt as much as I possibly can without reading the Hollywood phone book from 1984... and those guys showing up on That Metal Show did not help matters in terms of me tryin' to make these posts frickin' shorter... Sheeeeez!!!

Here's how my Ratt faves break down on my iTunes... which will reveal what I view are their best songs in order, I think...

As you may have sensed, I have zero attention span, which is why I really don't listen to whole albums anymore. I'm sure I'm not alone, or there would be no iTunes, in the first place.

I've got the stuff chopped and channeled onto different playlists that have names but think of 'em as A-List, B-List, C-List, etc. and I've got 'em divided into two categories:

"Harder" and "Softer". I put quotes around those words cuz I realize we ain't talkin' Cannibal Corpse here, or nothin'...

The "Harder" Stuff:

1) Round and Round
2) Loving You Is A Dirty Job
3) Slip Of The Lip
4) City To City
5) 7th Avenue
6) You're In Love

The "Softer" Stuff:

1) Giving Yourself Away
2) I Want To Love You Tonight
3) One Step Away
4) What's It Gonna Be

Okay, if you are finding the fact that I'm just going round and round here...

Well, here's something 100 times more annoying...

At the end of every year The New York Times Magazine puts out an issue devoted to those who passed away that particular year...

And Robbin Crosby passed away in 2002...

Well Google "New York Times The Ratt Trap Chuck Klosterman" and read this article by Klosterman from Sunday, December 29th, 2002. Don't want to make my fangs come out, but this article just irks the livin' heck out of me and has since that very day it was published and I read it. How this Klosterman belittles Robbin Crosby and Ratt but praises Dee Dee Ramone and the Ramones to no end, is absurd and elitist! So unfair and misguided! And this is coming from me, someone who saw the Ramones 14 frickin' times! Fortunately, I was lucky enough to see Ratt with Crosby, even if it was just once! This guy, Klosterman, just does not get it, I'm sorry!

And I don't just mean, he doesn't get Rock and Roll, which he doesn't, he doesn't get life. He's insinuating Dee Dee's life is more significant than Robbin's. What an a*shole! And it hits on something. There's actually people out there, and I don't just mean "Rock snobs", who dismiss Hair Metal as illegitimate, but people who think in terms of one artist's life being more important than another's!

About having to Google this... Sorry, now you can make a fairly educated guess at how old I really am, Gary, cuz I can't figure this link stuff out to save my life, but here's a go, anyway...

We'll see if it links in...


http//www.nytimes.com/2002/12/29/magazine/29RAMONE.html


If not, I urge you all to check out the Klosterman piece as it's yet another example of someone who can probably cover the Grammy's anytime he wants but doesn't know the first thing about what great Rock and Roll is to begin with! And it's also another example of how Glam/Hair/Sleaze Metal is constantly marginalized and underappreciated.

It's supposed to be fun and stupid, dude! That's part of what makes it cool and so Rock and Roll! It doesn't pretend to take itself seriously, ya yutz! Okay, I've hit Ratt Rant Factor 5! Please check out the Klosterman article and give me your read on it. I obviously can't see through the steam comin' out of my own ears!

Well guys, I've smelled the cheese and now my tail is caught in the Ratt trap and you gotta get me out. So, please, your observations are what are gonna spring me before I have to knaw it off.

p.s. Hey, Gare... I'm gonna pop "Lay It Down" on a playlist and a couple of other RATT tunes you guys mentioned on a couple of others. CK, ya got the killer list, too, bro...

p.s.s.t. Feel like I'm huntin' in the dark here, so if anyone's got some better RATTOLOGY, it would be so cool to get those comments out here... And I'm still dyin' to know who shot the "lips" photo for the inside album cover of "Dancin' Undercover", if someone wants to help me sleep again, hahaha!!!
November 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Metalboy...unbelievable Ratt ranting. I traded a spare copy of 1984 for Out of the Cellar and have been hooked ever since. I just saw them in Toledo last summer with Cavazo and he can def shred. Robbie has been with the band longer than Juan so I feel like he is an original. Plus he is just a way cool dude. I saw them several times with Robbin (RIP KING) and he was such a stage presence. Here are some of my favorite lesser knowns:
-She wants money
-Scene of the crime
-I'm Insane
-Top Secret
-Drive me Crazy
-Chain Reaction
-I want to love you tonight
-Nobody Rides for free
-What ya give is what ya get
-You should know by now..has the coolest line- "I'll have my friends forever, we'll walk the sands of time"
December 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCK

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