Ratt

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Hair / Glam Metal (Heavy Metal) band from San Diego, California (USA).

The name Ratt came into being in the beginning of the 1980s, although the band's roots can be traced back to the mid '70s and the band Mickey Ratt, which was fronted by vocalist Stephen Pearcy. By 1983, after cycling through a number of different musicians and relocating to Los Angeles, where they would play a large part in the growing glam scene, the "classic" line-up of Pearcy, guitarists Warren DiMartini and Robbin "King" Crosby, bassist Juan Croucier, and drummer Bobby "Blotz" Blotzer was in place. From 1984 through 1990, the band would record and release 5 commercially successful albums. By the turn of the decade, though, the band's fortunes were declining as popular tastes in music were changing and Crosby, once one of the driving forces in the band, found himself mired in a heroin addiciton that ultimately led to his removal from Ratt. After substituting guitarist Michael Schenker for Crosby for touring purposes, Ratt released what would be the final single of their initial run, "Nobody Rides for Free" (from the soundtrack for the movie "Point Break") in 1991 as a four-piece. The following year, Pearcy and DiMartini left the band, effectively ending Ratt.

In 1997, the members met to discuss the possibility of a reunion. Croucier declined to join and it was decided that Crosby was in no condition to participate (still suffering from drug addiction, the guitarist was severely overweight and HIV positive, a fact he would publicly disclose in 2001; he would die of a heroin overdose the following year). Robbie Crane was brought in to replace Croucier and Pearcy would occasionally handle second guitar duties. This line-up released a self-titled album in 1999 but it did not have the same commercial success as their previous releases. Pearcy left the band the following year and began touring as "Ratt featuring Stephen Pearcy". This led to lawsuit over right to the name "Ratt" between the singer and Blotzer and DiMartini, from which the latter two emerged victorious, although the issue of the rights to the name remains a point of contention for all the surviving members of the classic line-up.

Blotzer and DiMartini would tour throughout the first half of the 2000s under the Ratt banner with several different vocalists and second guitarists before reuniting with Pearcy in 2006. In 2009, the band, with Robbie Crane still playing bass and former Quiet Riot guitarist Carlos Cavazo on board, recorded the well-received LP "Infestation". However, owing to tensions between the members, the band announced that it would be going on indefinite hiatus the following year. In 2012, Crane announced that he was no longer a part of Ratt. Shortly thereafter, it was announced that Juan Croucier had returned to the group. In the spring of 2014, Pearcy announced that he was leaving the band again, citing unresolved personal and business tensions. In the summer of 2015, both Bobby Blotzer and Juan Croucier launched separate touring projects for the purpose of performing Ratt songs, with Blotzer stating the DiMartini refused to participate in any Ratt-related touring unless it included Pearcy and Croucier. In late 2015, the drummer announced that his touring band was now the official version of Ratt. Blotzer brought legal action against Croucier for touring as "Ratt's Juan Croucier" while DiMartini brought action against Blotzer for using the Ratt name. In November 2016, the courts ruled that the Ratt name still belonged to the surviving members of Ratt's original partnership which was created in 1985. With the announcement of this ruling, Pearcy, DiMartini, and Croucier announced that they were reuniting under the Ratt banner and expelled Blotzer from the partnership. In 2018, Pearcy and Croucier announced that they were touring with an entirely new set of musicians, stating that DeMartini expressed a disinterest in participating.
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Albums

780 143-1 Ratt - Out Of The Cellar album art Ratt Out Of The Cellar (Album) Atlantic, Atlantic 780 143-1 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
NBC 84-20 Ratt - Golden Earring / Ratt Concert - Radio Broadcast June 1, 2, 3 album art Golden Earring / Ratt Golden Earring / Ratt - Golden Earring / Ratt Concert - Radio Broadcast June 1, 2, 3(2xLP, Mixed, Transcription) NBC Radio NBC 84-20 US 1984 Sell This Version
A4-81257, 81257-4 Ratt - Invasion Of Your Privacy album art Ratt Invasion Of Your Privacy (Album) Atlantic, Atlantic A4-81257, 81257-4 US 1985 Sell This Version
7-81683-4, 81686-4 Ratt - Dancing Undercover album art Ratt Dancing Undercover (Album) Atlantic, Atlantic 7-81683-4, 81686-4 US 1986 Sell This Version
81929-4 Ratt - Reach For The Sky album art Ratt Reach For The Sky (Album) Atlantic, Atlantic 81929-4 Malaysia 1988 Sell This Version
CPNA-7003 Ratt - Detonator album art Ratt Detonator (Album) Atlantic, Atlantic CPNA-7003 Mexico 1990 Sell This Version
VICP-60050 Ratt - Collage album art Ratt Collage (Album) DeROCK Records VICP-60050 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
VK 69586 Ratt - Ratt album art Ratt Ratt (Album) Portrait VK 69586 US 1999 Sell This Version
RR PROMO 1187 Ratt - Infestation album art Ratt Infestation (Album) Roadrunner Records RR PROMO 1187 2010 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

SP-001 Ratt - Drivin' On E album art Ratt Drivin' On E(7", Single) Pearcy SP-001 US 1980 Sell This Version
7-99669 Ratt - You Think You're Tough album art Ratt You Think You're Tough (Single) Time Coast Communications, Inc. 7-99669 US 1983 Sell This Version
MFN 2 Ratt - Ratt album art Ratt Ratt (EP) Time Coast Records MFN 2 UK 1983 Sell This Version
PR 667 Ratt - Lack Of Communication album art Ratt Lack Of Communication (Single) Atlantic PR 667 US 1984 Sell This Version
P-1909 Ratt - Wanted Man album art Ratt Wanted Man (Single) Atlantic P-1909 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
7-89693 Ratt - Round And Round album art Ratt Round And Round Atlantic 7-89693 US 1984 Sell This Version
SWA-138 Ratt - Round And Round album art Ratt Round And Round (Single) Atlantic SWA-138 Mexico 1984 Sell This Version
none Ratt - U Got It album art Ratt U Got It(Flexi, 7", S/Sided) Not On Label (Ratt) none Europe 1984 Sell This Version
TE 1345 Ratt - You're In Trouble album art Ratt You're In Trouble (EP) Target (3) TE 1345 US 1985 Sell This Version
A9573T Ratt - Round And Round album art Ratt Round And Round (Single) Atlantic, Atlantic, Atlantic A9573T UK 1984 Sell This Version
P-2015 Ratt - You're In Love b/w Between The Eyes album art Ratt You're In Love b/w Between The Eyes (Single) Atlantic, Atlantic, Atlantic P-2015 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
7-89546 Ratt - Lay It Down album art Ratt Lay It Down (Single, Maxi) Atlantic 7-89546 Australia 1985 Sell This Version
PR 800 Ratt - What You Give Is What You Get album art Ratt What You Give Is What You Get (Single) Atlantic PR 800 US 1985 Sell This Version
7-89354 Ratt - Dance album art Ratt Dance (Single, Maxi) Atlantic 7-89354 US 1986 Sell This Version
PR 1024 Ratt - Slip Of The Lip album art Ratt Slip Of The Lip(12", Promo) Atlantic PR 1024 US 1986 Sell This Version
PR 983 Ratt - Body Talk album art Ratt Body Talk (Single) Atlantic PR 983 US 1986 Sell This Version