Monday, May 9, 2011

Classic melodic rock CD of the week

By Stephen Kasenda

RATT "Out Of The Cellar" (1984)

From the frantic prowling of "Wanted Man" to the blasting celebration of "Round and Round", Ratt epitomized the glam metal breakthrough in 1984. The twin guitar attack of DeMartini-Crosby and the slutty sleazy voice of Pearcy established a new genre called Ratt n' Roll. "Lack of Communication" has their trademark dirty rhythm and "Back For More" is so freakishly addictive, you’ll want to keep coming back for another listen. Other worthy tracks that were estranged and buried six feet under are "The Morning After", "She Wants Money", and "Scene of The Crime".

Going triple platinum is not an easy task but they sealed it - and thankfully they went big and positioned many newer bands…otherwise glam wouldn’t have lasted that long. Seeing Crosby's long time girlfriend Tawny Kitaen crawling in her lusty torn lingerie actually made it easier to spot this record in the local store. A truly influential album that you have to buy and listen to before you die!

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