Ratt's brash, melodic heavy metal made the Los Angeles quintet one of the most
popular rock acts of the mid-'80s. The group had its origins in the '70s group Mickey Ratt, which had evolved
into Ratt by 1983; at that time the band featured vocalist Stephen Pearcy, guitarist Robbin Crosby, guitarist
Warren DeMartini, bassist Juan Croucier, and drummer Bobby Blotzer. The band released their self-titled
first album independently in 1983, which led to a major label contract with Atlantic Records. Their first album under
this deal, 1984's Out of the Cellar, was a major success, reaching the American Top Ten and selling over three million
copies. "Round and Round," the first single drawn from the album, hit number 12, proving the band had pop crossover
potential. While their second album, 1985's Invasion of Your Privacy, didn't match the multi-platinum figures of Out
of the Cellar, it also reached the Top Ten and sold over a million copies. By that time, the band could sell-out concerts
across the country and were a staple on MTV and AOR radio. Both Dancin' Undercover (1986) and Reach
for the Sky (1988) continued the band's platinum streak and their audience, had only slipped slightly by the time of their
final album, 1990's Detonator.
In 1992, Pearcy left Ratt to form his own band, Arcade, issuing a pair of releases --
1993's self-titled debut and 1994's A/2, before forming another new band, Vertex (issuing a lone self-titled
release in 1996). With their brand of glam metal out of step with the then-burgeoning alt-rock movement, Ratt
decided to sit out much of the '90s -- during which time DeMartini issued a solo album, Crazy Enough to Sing to
You. But by the late '90s, the public's interest in '80s rock began to perk up, leading to Ratt reuniting
in time for 1997's Collage. Two years later, Ratt's second self-titled release of their recording career was
issued, following the same formula as its predecessor.
Shortly thereafter, Pearcy left the group once again, as he soon began fronting two bands, the more
modern-sounding outfit Vicious Delite (a self-titled debut appeared in 2000) and Nitronic. Pearcy also
formed his own record label (Top Fuel Records), and released several collections of archival material -- Arcade's
A/3: Live & Unreleased, Mickey Ratt's The Garage Tape Dayz 78-81, and under his own name, the demo
collection Before and Laughter. 2001 saw the release of Pearcy's first true solo album, Social Intercourse.
Despite Pearcy's exit of the band, Ratt continued to carry on with new members Jizzy Pearl (former Love/Hate)
on vocals, John Corabi (former Mötley Crüe) on guitar, and bassist Robbie Crane joining original members
DeMartini and Blotzer. In the summer of 2001, long M.I.A. Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby disclosed
to the public that he was battling AIDS, and Croucier soon began organizing a benefit album for his former bandmate.
After struggling for years with the resulting health problems, Crosby died in Los Angeles in June 2002.
~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Greg Prato, All Music Guide
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