Oh How I Miss Thee….
Growing up, most of my friends were torn between RATT and Motley Crue. I loved both bands, but I was a true 100% Ratt n’ Roller. RATT- Out of the Cellar was the 2nd cassette (yes, I said cassette) I ever purchased with my own money and I knew right from the intro of “Wanted Man” that this was my band. I had heard “Round and Round” numerous times on a local station in Cincinnati, due to one of the DJ’s locking the door to the studio and playing it 25 times in a row one evening. Luckily he didn’t lose his job but I think after doing it numerous times after, he ended up getting fired. The station was Q102 and the DJ was Mark Sebastian for anyone who might or might not remember.
The RATT Sound:
There was just something different about the “RATT Sound” that was unlike what Motley Crue or any other band was doing at the time IMO. Every song had a hook that would knock you out and a chorus so catchy, you just couldn’t get out of your head. Being a guitar player myself, hearing the twin guitar attack of Warren DeMartini and Robin “King” Crosby was just short of intoxicating! Literally, the guitars alone blew my mind. Juan Croucier was delivering pounding bass and incredible backing vocals that were sorely missed once he left RATT in the 90′s. Bobby Blotzer was IMO …WAY underrated for his drumming. His powerful beat was as much of the driving force of the RATT sound as the guitars were. Then you had Stephen Pearcy, who’s vocals sounded so unique compared to almost all other front men during the 80′s. When all other vocalist were trying to blow your ear drums with trying to hit the highest note they could, Stephen just sang his ass off with so much swagger that you didn’t even care about his range. When you paired his grainy vocals with Juan’s smooth voice and the rest of the bands backing vocals, it all just worked! The one word that even as a kid would come to mind when I thought of RATT was SWAGGER. To fully understand, watch the video for “Dance”….
That song and video was everything the 80′s stood for. Big hair, big breasts, leather, spandex, tight jeans, SWAGGER and most of all, people just having fun! People may think, oh it’s just a video, they were all acting…. HELL NO, if you lived it, you know this is how it was. I miss the fun, the hooks and hearing music that brought so many people together and still does today. I listen to lot of genres of music, but I still listen to bands like RATT more than any other. I know music and the memories music creates never die and that is beautiful thing about music, but like my title says…Oh how I miss Thee…..
RATT n’ ROLL FOREVER,
R.I.P. Robin “King” Crosby