RATT/ Out Of The Cellar(1984)


Tbone was the first dude to score Out Of The Cellar on cassette tape as soon as the debut tune Round & Round hit the radio and video circuit back in the good ol year of 1984!

Tbone had just turned 16. Got his License and we hit the streets in Thunder Bay in his parents 1984 Lean Mean Green Ford Nasty Van Machine blasting Out Of The Cellar all around Tbay whether you wanted to hear it or not!

1984! What can you say about that year in music especially the Hard Rock side of things and with Sleazy Vince and Nikki and his bag of Trixx Sixx  record honcho’s were drooling all over themselves to find the next “One” after Motley Crue were making us all Shout At The Devil!

Ratt was definitely “One’ of them. In Ratt they had a sure-fire Guitar Slinger in the form of Warren DeMartini and a dude with a different kind of throat who thank god did not sing in falsetto and that would be Stephen Pearcy. Along with Bassist Juan Croucier(who also provided a ton of great back up vocals) Guitarist Robbin Crosby(RIP) and a wacka doddle Drummer Bobby Blotzer. Well Blotzer has only become a wacka doodle in the last few years as he has toured with a whole bunch of rotating musicians calling themselves Ratt but the other guys took him to court and now Pearcy and crew are the real Ratt!

Get it? Yup! Gotta love over the age of 55 Old Rock Dude Drama!

Allright back to 84…

Ratt walloped a punch of a sound and they had the tunes to back it up! Beau Hill perfectly captures the sound behind the recording console.

Wanted Man opens the album and Pearcy lays down the law as  the Gunslinger as this is Ratt 84 heading into your town/drinking the booze/getting the birds and splitting town and then becoming Wanted Men!

Great opening track along with some snazz and dash soloing from Warren and Ratt lay it down(ahem) and myself and Tbone are onboard! This is 1984 we are talking about correct?

Your In Trouble ramps right up out of the gate(er cellar) and it features some cool melodic guitaring at certain points but Pearcy keeps the party going. I read Pearcys Autobiography  last year and for Steve-o in the roaring 80’s  it was Party/Pussy/Paycheque! My roaring 80’s (1984  exactly )was School/Metal/Needing a Paycheque. Frigg I got shafted….

Well what can be said about Round And Round? The song that blew the lid off this album along with the crafty video featuring the late Milton Berle whose nephew I believe managed Ratt at the time. This song was so catchy…..”Out In The Streets” claims Steve and were off! Demartini lays down a slobber knocker of a solo and this song has all the trimmings of an 80’s Rock Delight! Snazzy verse’s/Catchy chorus/Bad Ass solo/ Cool Rock singing… Say what you want about Pearcy’s voice as for this band it suits hime fine and he was smart enough to not try to pull a Rob Halford.  

In Your Direction is a straight ahead rock track. Ratt knew there rock formula and that was not inventing the wheel but giving it a kick aroo L.A Sleazeball Style. Blotzer does his part by keeping his drums ploughing forward and not letting anyone slip.

Ratt goes down the Autobahn at 200 MPH on She Wants Money. The song that finishes up Side 1 doesn’t fool around. Quick shot of a Ratt dose right up your backside. This song is all about Hookers! Yup Hookers!

Case in point …want some Hooker Words….check this out..

I try to tell her I don’t have no cash
She looks at me and starts to laugh
I don’t wanna know, you’ve gotta go
I see her walkin’ on down the street
She sees another and she acts so sweet
You wanna try, your luck tonight

The chorus features some big time backing vocals from Juan while the guitars yet again dip into the melodic side but the Ratt bus is still rocking long past midnight and of course Steve-o has to ask her if she “Wants money? Quick change!” Hey I posted at the top of the page the audio track of this tune for the Greatest Hits Duo BMellis & Rockin Roberts as they like the seedier  side of Rock! Climb aboard Fella’s!

Another all time Ratt Classic is Lack Of Communication. Cool opening riff and this is simple yet catchy rock with Steve and Juan trading off the vocal lines right before the chorus. Cool Warren solo adds to the mix.

The original Back For More was on the Ratt EP from 83. This is a bit of a watered down version. Still good though and even the Crue knew it as Nikki and Tommy appeared as Cops( Insert a ton of fucking laughs here) in the video. See Ratt were smart. They seen Van Halen make fun goofy videos like Panama & Hot For Teacher and Ratt wanted that piece of the pie. It worked!

Now a really good tune and thats The Morning After. What a super-duper cool track and it’s like I always say it’s nice to find those end of the albums tunes that just aren’t “Filler” tracks! Morning After has that cool slope of Rock that has the classic chorus with Pearcy saying he is indeed  leaving the Morning After! I believe ya pal ..I believe ya pal!

I’m Insane keeps the album pushing forward as Pearcy tells the tale that he’s off his rocker and he fell out of a tree! Ha…not Shakespearean but he still gets the point across! I like the chorus as it sounds a little off kilter like its insane! Hahaha…

The last tune is Scene Of The Crime. Steve-o has been done wrong as his ‘Cold Blooded Bitch Goin Out On Me” Oh Oh..this is no Round and Round folks this is Serious Ratt playing out the album and hey if you think your tough and have fooled Stephen. You got another thing coming! Scene of The Crime is almost a different vibe than the previous 9 tracks but make no mistake it’s still Ratt N Roll!

I have championed Ratt’s cause throughout this Blog as I have reviewed most of their output! I will say that overall they had the more consistent material than  the Crue  but as the Crue had the image and big shows I fell for the trap that Sixx set! Hey good on Nikki for playing me like a fiddle for a lot of years!

Perhaps thats why Sixx and Lee were in the Ratt video you know checking out the competition!

Ha those sly Motley Bastards! Speaking of which…

Out go the lights
In goes my knife
Pull out his life
Consider that bastard dead




40 thoughts on “RATT/ Out Of The Cellar(1984)”

  1. Such a fun album and review. Cold blood bitch going out on me! One of the things I’m glad you mentioned is Juan on backing vocals. To me that’s part of the core Ratt sound. Ratt sounded a lot less like Ratt, without Juan. It’s like Dokken and Jeff Pilson…you need that guy there on backing vocals in my opinion.

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    1. Thanks Mikey…
      Yup some of those bands needed a dude in the foreground that could push the lead vocalist and the big one is Anthony on those early Halen albums…
      It seems a few bands took the formula and ran with it..

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      1. Remember Cinderella had the keyboard player credited on their albums as “secret weapon”? I always felt Juan was Ratt’s “secret weapon”. His vocals just nailed down the Ratt N’ Roll sound.

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      2. Yup and I give Gunners credit as when I caught em live on the opening date of the Illusion Tour. They opened with Right Next Door To Hell as a 5 piece and second song in was Mr Browsntone and there was Dizzy set right up next to Matt Sorum playing Keys and percussion..a total part of the band…I will give Axl Props on that…

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      3. Nice…I always wonder what they do during songs like Nightrain now…two keyboard players…you can only have so many tambourines on stage!

        Check this out, I love Axl:

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    1. Thanks John. No mistaking Pearcy thats for sure. He was smart as he knew his deal and stuck to it. I love all those old Rats N Roll albums. Invasion would probably be my fav but the garage sounding Dancing Undercover has been a slow grower over the last three decades…hahaha…Love 7th Avenue…

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  2. This was a fantastic record and probably lead to the band’s demise. They spent the rest of their career trying to top this one. Every single song you document was a great song. I saw them on this tour when they opened for Billy Squire. They blew him off the stage.

    The next year, they were headlining on the ‘Lay It Down’ tour. Bon Jovi opened for RATT. I dont know if it was the partying or the success or if they picked the wrong band to open for them. But Bon Jovi, blew them off the stage.

    I heard that Robin Crosby and Nikki Sixx were sharing a house during that time and that is why the two bands were so tight. I dont know if it is true of not.

    Great Review,


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    1. Thanks for stopping by Rob…
      Ratt was definitely on the uptick with Out of The Cellar. It is a great album and the songs are still strong nowadays.
      I remember Bon Jovi was on Rockline (radio show ) back in 85 and they were opening the Ratt tour…
      Probably was an off night for the headliner. Pearcy was dabbling with the 3 P’s that night too much…
      Thanks again…


  3. Great write-up, man. I know you’ve mentioned these catts before and I keep thinking that I should check them out. Again, I’m gonna say that I need to check them out!

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      1. Reach for the Sky…that was the one with Way Cool Jr right? It threw me a bit. After hearing tunes like Body Talk, it seemed out of left field. I wonder if it’s aged better.

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      2. Yup Way Cool Jr was from Reach For The Sky. Pearcy in his book states that the cracks where really starting to ramp up as the excess was taking over and Juan did a lot of the Bass parts on Keyboards…
        It has some decent stuff but yeah a little lagging…
        That’s the tour that me and Tbone had tix to go and see them in Duluth! They didn’t sell enough so the show was scrapped and the Arena probably holds 7-8 Thousand

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      3. Friggin’ Duluth….

        Yeah it was obvious Ratt were in some form of decline at that point. Doesn’t surprise me about the keyboards. That was happening with quite a few bands. Damn shame!

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      4. Yeah Pearcy himself says they rushed this album and you can tell they went a little empty on RFTS. Having said that half of it was pretty good and I thought personally they had a great bounce back with Detonator!
        Speaking of which that is the only one I have left to review ..There 83-90 output that is…

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      5. Now Detonator I always avoided and I’ll tell you why in two points:

        1: Meat Magazine LAID into it, just assaulted the shit out of the Detonator LP

        2: Desmond Child.


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      6. Loved Detonator! Thats my thoughts…..
        Guess I need to review it…..
        Desmond Child well his writing on Aero’s Pump album was solid so it didn’t bother me. Song Doctor or no Song Doctor a good tune is a good tune…
        Thats my spin Mikey…

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      7. Actually that would be cool and I think you have mentioned that in some of my Ratt reviews before..
        All the albums are solid even Reach For The Sky being patchy at times is still a stronger effort that Crues Theatre Of Pain….even Girls but Sixx man wrote that great Wild Side Track….

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      8. Those box sets are nice but just because it’s out of print doesn’t mean stores won’t have it. I saw a bunch of similar ones at Sunrise so I’ll find it at a good retail price I’m sure.


  4. I prefer if the rats stay in the cellar… Oh, RATT! Haha oh, that’s the band I keep reading about in these pages and need to get to at some point! I will bookmark this fun (it’s really fun!) for whenever I hear this one.

    Also, a question: If Motley was in the video, did Ratt need a shower afterwards?

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  5. Robin Crosby made Ratt roll. I’m
    Thinking As soon as he went MIA towards the late 80s, Ratt stopped the roll and went for the pop.
    In saying that I dig the Detonator album with the Child cowrites (and I think just 1 Crosby cowrite) over the RFTSky album. But seriously Out Of The Cellar is one hell of a album and The Morning After is one good song


  6. You just made my day with this one! Favorite band, one of my favorite albums, favorite guitarist, STEPHEN, done!!! 🙂 Yep, I grew up on this one, too!

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