TITLE: Out of the Cellar
YEAR RELEASED: 1984
CHART ACTION: #7
SINGLES: Round and Round (#12), Wanted Man (#38), Back for More (#27 Mainstream Rock)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Those three overpowered the rest of the cuts
LINEUP: Stephen Pearcy, Robbin Crosby, Warren DeMartini, Juan Croucier, Bobby Blotzer
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First full length for the short-lived kings of LA glam metal scene. It’s better than you think….
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Ratt’s initial album was a landmark glam-metal album. That genre, hated by ‘true’ metalheads, brought some (note: some) of the hard edge of metal to those who didn’t get it or didn’t like it. It was ‘metal-lite’ with catchy, hook filled songs and enough power chords to give causal metal fans their fix.
The success of this album caught many by surprise. This was an MTV band, no doubt about it. However, the hooks of the hits on this album are timeless, and may have been hits no matter if MTV were a factor or not. Round and Round, especially, would have been a smash hit. It’s just one of THOSE songs that just seem destined for success.
Some of their glam-metal brethren really made some stinker records, records that were hit + filler. This isn’t one of them. It sounds well put together and purposeful. The songwriting is a bit sophomoric at times, and some cuts are basically re-writes of each other, but it’ll do for a sing-along hair band fix.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Ratt released an earlier EP that’s basically vanished. I’m not going to put it on my missing list, since it’s just an EP, but the gist of it that it’s a licensing dispute between the band and their former manager Marshall Berle.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No – but if there was one it probably would have that EP attached.
GRADE: B: Not everything is exciting or fresh, but enough is, and Round and Round, man…Round and Round