Rattis an American band that plays glam metal style music. The band was formed in San Diego and gained their success in the 1980's. The had their most popular hit in 1985 and it was called, Round and Round. They lost their standing in the 1990's because the change in music style was geared more toward grunge, or alternative rock. The group is still releasing albums and still have some die hard fans. The band began back about 1976 with the San Diego band known as Mickey Ratt. The band was formed by Stephen Pearcy (vocalist), Chris Hager (guitar player), Matt Thorr (bass player), and John Turner (drum player). The band moved to Los Angeles in 1980 to try to get a record contract. They felt their chances were better in Los Angeles. Later in the year, Jake E. Lee (guitar player) also joined the band. They band recorded a single called, Dr. Rock / Driviní On E. The band shortened their name to just Ratt, in 1981.Jake, Chris, and Matt all left the band to form another band which they called Rough Cutt. Robbin Crosby, Warren DeMartini, and Juan Croucier replaced the three members who had left. The band released an EP in 1983 with their independent record label, Time Coast. They also signed a distribution deal with Greenworld Distribution. The EP was self titled, Ratt. The band began to get attention outside of southern California and the single from their Ratt EP called, You Think Youíre Tough. They also had hit with the cover, Walkiní the Dog, which was originally a hit for Rufus Thomas, in 1963. The EP was a great success and sold over 1 million copies.
The band signed with Atlantic Records and began writing and recording what is considered to be their breakthrough album. The album was called, Out of the Cellar, and was released in March, 1984. The album received many radio and MTV hits. The popular songs from the album were, Round and Round, Wanted Man, Back For More, Lack of Communication, and Iím Insane. Out of the Cellar became multi-platinum in the United States and was also popular in the Far East. The group had a very successful world tour to promote the album. The band was successful when their fourth album also went platinum. It was called, Reach For the Sky and from it came the hits, Way Cool Jr., and I Want A Woman.
Ratt lost itís major record label support when alternative rock bands began to take over in popularity. The members split up and went on to pursue other projects and some just wanted to wait until heavy metal became popular again. Robbin Crosby was diagnosed with HIV and it later became AIDS. Ratt reformed in 1996 as a four member band. They continue to write songs and release their music. They have released a total of 11 albums and 16 singles during their career.
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