FASTER PUSSYCAT (1987–PRESENT). Taime Downe (vocals), Greg Steele (guitar), Brent Muscat (guitar), Eric Stacy (bass), and Brett Bradshaw (drums).
Taking their moniker from the similarly sleazy but fun Russ Meyer film Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, this L.A. party band found some success, catching the last wave of the hair/pop metal scene in the late 1980s, before fading from the spotlight with the coming of grunge and alterative rock in the 1990s.
Fronted by vocalist Taime Downe, the band played a trashy glam metal, with a look borrowed from the New York Dolls and a sound not too distant from Poison. Faster Pussycat was released in 1987, the same year as Guns N’ Roses debut, andFaster Pussycat shared with Guns N’ Roses a more ragged and streetworn image than many of their contemporaries. Though the album wasn’t all that successful, the band did build up a significant cult following that helped put their follow-up, Wake Me When It’s Over, into gold status. Featuring the top forty hit “House of Pain,” the album would be the commercial high point of their career. By the time of 1992’s Whipped, the shift to alternative and grunge had decimated the band’s potential audience, and they split shortly afterwards. After the turn of the new millennium, Downe had put together a new lineup to tour periodically with such former contemporaries as Cinderella and Poison. In 2006 Downe’s new lineup released the suitably sleazily titled The Power and the Gloryhole, which added a more industrial element to their previous sound.
Discography: Faster Pussycat (Elektra, 1987); Wake Me When It’s Over (Elektra, 1989); Whipped (Elektra, 1992); The Power and the Gloryhole (Full Effect, 2007); Between the Valley of the Ultra Pussy [compilation] (Deadline, 2001).