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 Out Of The Cellar — Ratt Ratt Out Of The Cellar (Album) Atlantic, Atlantic 780 143-1 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
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NBC 84-33 Twisted Sister / Ratt Concert  — Ratt Twisted Sister / Ratt Twisted Sister / Ratt - Twisted Sister / Ratt Concert (2xLP, Transcription) NBC Radio NBC 84-33 US 1984 Sell This Version
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NBC 84-20 Golden Earring / Ratt Concert — Ratt Golden Earring / Ratt Golden Earring / Ratt - Golden Earring / Ratt Concert(2xLP, Mixed, Transcription) NBC Radio NBC 84-20 US 1984 Sell This Version
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S164063 Invasion Of Your Privacy — Ratt Ratt Invasion Of Your Privacy (Album) Atlantic, Atlantic S164063 US 1985 Sell This Version
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7-81683-4, 81686-4 Dancing Undercover — Ratt Ratt Dancing Undercover (Album) Atlantic, Atlantic 7-81683-4, 81686-4 US 1986 Sell This Version
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81929-4 Reach For The Sky — Ratt Ratt Reach For The Sky (Album) Atlantic, Atlantic 81929-4 Malaysia 1988 Sell This Version
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7567-82127-2 Detonator — Ratt Ratt Detonator (Album) Atlantic, Atlantic 7567-82127-2 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
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DERCD-097 Collage — Ratt Ratt Collage (Album) DeROCK Records DERCD-097 Canada 1997 Sell This Version
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VK 69586 Ratt — Ratt Ratt Ratt (Album) Portrait VK 69586 US 1999 Sell This Version
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RR PROMO 1187 Infestation — Ratt Ratt Infestation (Album) Roadrunner Records RR PROMO 1187 2010 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

SP-001 Drivin' On E — Ratt Ratt Drivin' On E (Single) Not On Label (Ratt Self-released) SP-001 US 1980 Sell This Version
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7-99669 You Think You're Tough — Ratt Ratt You Think You're Tough (Single) Time Coast Communications, Inc. 7-99669 US 1983 Sell This Version
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MFN 2 Ratt — Ratt Ratt Ratt (EP) Time Coast Records MFN 2 UK 1983 Sell This Version
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PR 667 Lack Of Communication — Ratt Ratt Lack Of Communication (Single) Atlantic PR 667 US 1984 Sell This Version
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P-1909 Wanted Man — Ratt Ratt Wanted Man (Single) Atlantic P-1909 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
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A9573T Round And Round — Ratt Ratt Round And Round (Single) Atlantic A9573T UK 1984 Sell This Version
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none U Got It — Ratt Ratt U Got It(Flexi, 7", S/Sided) Not On Label none Europe 1984 Sell This Version
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P-2015 You're In Love b/w Between The Eyes — Ratt Ratt You're In Love b/w Between The Eyes (Single) Atlantic, Atlantic, Atlantic P-2015 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
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7-89546 Lay It Down — Ratt Ratt Lay It Down (Single, Maxi) Atlantic 7-89546 Australia 1985 Sell This Version
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PR 800 What You Give Is What You Get — Ratt Ratt What You Give Is What You Get (Single) Atlantic PR 800 US 1985 Sell This Version
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7-89354 Dance — Ratt Ratt Dance (Single, Maxi) Atlantic 7-89354 US 1986 Sell This Version
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PR 1024 Slip Of The Lip — Ratt Ratt Slip Of The Lip(12", Single, Promo) Atlantic PR 1024 US 1986 Sell This Version
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PR 983 Body Talk — Ratt Ratt Body Talk (Single) Atlantic PR 983 US 1986 Sell This Version
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7-84992 Round And Round / Wanted Man — Ratt Ratt Round And Round / Wanted Man(7", Single, Spe) Atlantic 7-84992 US 1987 Sell This Version
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10P3-6026 Way Cool Jr. — Ratt Ratt Way Cool Jr. (Single) Atlantic 10P3-6026 Japan 1988 Sell This Version