Rat's Ass

Real Name:
Pat Stratford
Patrick Thomas Stratford (aka Rats Ass) was my best friend at Cordova Lane
Elementary School and Mitchell Junior High. We used to skate anywhere and everywhere we could.
we hung out during high school and I watched his various projects play. He was a great performer, skater and gymnast, he took me to one of his gymnastics classes once and he was incredible. I spent many nights at the Stratford house. His dad was a music teacher.
Tales of Terror was a Sacramento hardcore punk band which was active from 1982 until 1986. Some, including Kurt Cobain and Mark Arm, cite Tales of Terror as a key inspiration for the then-burgeoning grunge scene.One of the most influential bands Sacramento ever produced, punk legends Tales of Terror ruled Sacramento’s underground music scene a quarter century ago.
Formed by Pat Stratford and Geoff Magner out of the ashes of the Square Cools, one of Sac’s first punk bands, Tales of Terror were different from the start. Fueled by epic amounts of alcohol and later, LSD, their performances were high-energy, even by the standards of Hardcore bands of the time.
Unlike the stereotypical punk band, Tales of Terror knew how to play their instruments- but that didn't stop the belligerent, in your face assault of booze soaked rock. Their frenetic shows were the stuff of legend – back flips from the stage, Rat’s Ass (or the whole band) wrapping themselves in duct tape and slowly ripping it off during the set, the obligatory jumps and poses, drinking out of a bottle while using both hands to play, anything and everything. An array of youtube videos clearly shows their live energy and exuberance.
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Rat's Ass Discography Tracks


VIRUS 14 Rat's Ass - Not So Quiet On The Western Front album art Various I Don't Wanna Die For My Country Various - Not So Quiet On The Western Front(2xLP, Comp) Alternative Tentacles VIRUS 14 US 1982 Sell This Version
Rat's Ass - Tales Of Terror album art Tales Of Terror Tales Of Terror - Tales Of Terror (Album) CD Presents, Ltd. US 1984 Sell This Version
06661999 Rat's Ass - Blazing Wheels And Barking Trucks - Skate Rock Vol. 2 album art Various Gods From Outer Space Various - Blazing Wheels And Barking Trucks - Skate Rock Vol. 2(LP, Comp) Thrasher Magazine 06661999 US 1984 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

031 Rat's Ass - Rad Conspiracy album art R.C. Boys R.C. Boys - Rad Conspiracy(7", EP, Gre) Sacramento Records 031 US 2017 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

Rat's Ass - Crystal Fairy album art Crystal Fairy Crystal Fairy - Crystal Fairy (Album) Ipecac Recordings, Ipecac Recordings, Ipecac Recordings US 2017 Sell This Version


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July 8, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
now this is an honest review! thanks for making the changes!