Ratt was one of the most popular bands of the ’80s hair metal explosion, known for their riff-heavy, double-guitar attack coupled with frontman Stephen Pearcy’s distinctive, gravelly vocals.
∙ Their full-length debut, 1984’s triple-Platinum Out of the Cellar, featured a trio of Top 40 hits that earned it a spot on Rolling Stone’s list of the 50 Greatest Hair Metal Albums of All Time.
∙ Almost 40 years after its release, their signature song, “Round and Round,” jumped up the (digital) rock charts in 2020, thanks to its appearance in an insurance commercial that also starred the band.
∙ The 1985 album Invasion of Your Privacy featured the Top 40 hit “Lay It Down,” which also appeared on the soundtrack for the award-winning, metal-inspired video game Brütal Legend.
∙ Serving as the original lineup’s last hurrah, 1990’s Gold-certified Detonator featured a pair of rock radio hits, including their sole power ballad—the fan favorite “Givin’ Yourself Away.”
∙ After a long hiatus, Pearcy returned for 2010’s comeback LP, Infestation, a throwback to the glam metal sound of their ’80s glory days that hit No. 4 on Billboard’s Hard Rock chart.
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