RATT (1983–PRESENT). Steven Pearcy (lead vocals), Warren DeMartini (lead guitar), Robin Crosby (guitar), Juan Croucier (bass), Bobby Blotzer (drums).
One of the most successful bands of the eighties pop metal era, and in fact the poster children for the genre, Ratt had a knack for melding pop hooks, sexy grinding rhythms, and face-melting guitarwork. Their good looks and MTV videos helped them to ride a series of albums to the top of the charts from the late eighties to the early nineties when grunge put an end to the party.
With Pearcy leaving to form the band Arcade in 1992, and music styles changing, the band was dormant for much of the nineties. The band reunited for 1997’s Collage and 1999’s Ratt, both albums selling modestly.
With Pearcy leaving in 2000, the band continued with former Love/Hate vocalist Jizzy Pearl as frontman. In 2002, guitarist Robin Crosby died after suffering from AIDS (which he only disclosed in 2001) for several years. In recent years Pearcy, DeMartini, and Blotzer have toured in a new version of Ratt and have spoken of plans to reenter the studio to work on a new album.
Discography: Out of the Cellar (Atlantic, 1984); Invasion of Your Privacy (Atlantic, 1985); Dancin’ Undercover (Atlantic, 1986); Reach for the Sky (Atlantic, 1988); Detonator (Atlantic, 1990); Collage (D-Rock, 1997); Ratt (Portrait, 1999); Ratt & Roll 8191 (WEA, 1991; Portrait, 1999); The Essentials (Warner Strategic, 2002); Metal Hits (Rhino Flashback, 2003); Rarities (Deadline, 2007); Tell the World: The Very Best of Ratt (Atlantic/ Rhino, 2007).