- "I knew right from the beginning
That you would end up winning
I knew right from the start
You shot an arrow through my heart"— Ratt, "Round and Round"
Ratt are an American Hair Metal/Hard Rock band from San Diego, California. They are best known for their 1984 hit single, "Round and Round," from their debut full-length album Out of the Cellar.As always, you can find the basics about their career at The Other Wiki.
"The following tropes really want to lay it down, right now.":
- Animal Motif: The rats on the album covers, in the videos, and even in the lyrics. ("This rat cage" is mentioned in "Wanted Man.")
- The Cameo/Celebrity Star: Milton Berle appeared in the video for "Round and Round" since his (real life) nephewnote was the band's manager at the time.
- Also, that's Tawny Kitaen (Of "Here I Go Again" video fame) on the cover of Out of the Cellar.
- Disappeared Dad: "Mother Blues"
- The '80s
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Among other examples, from "Chain Reaction":"The only thing that turns me on
Will bring you to your knees"
- Golddigger: "She Wants Money"
- Greatest Hits Album: Ratt 'n Roll 81-91
- Hair Metal
- Hand or Object Underwear: The video for "Way Cool Jr." ends with a naked woman walking away from the camera down a sidewalk with a guitar covering her butt.
- Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: There is a song with this title on Detonator.
- Heavy Meta: "Dr. Rock"
- "I Want" Song: "I Want a Woman," "I Want to Love You Tonight," "I Want It All"
- Intercourse with You: "I Want a Woman," "Lay It Down," "Round and Round," "Body Talk," "Slip of the Lip," it doesn't end.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: A solid 5.
- Outlaw: "Wanted Man"
- Poor Communication Kills: "Lack of Communication"
- Repurposed Pop Song: "Round and Round" has been featured in The Wrestler and in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.
- Revolving Door Band: 29 different members covering two separate versions of the band going back to 1976.
- Sanity Slippage Song/"I Am" Song: "I'm Insane."
- Self-Titled Album: Their debut EP and their 1999 album.
- Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: Yes to all.
- Sadly, guitarist Robbin Crosby died of a heroin overdose after developing AIDS.
- Sexophone: "Way Cool Jr."
- Silly Love Songs: "You're in Love"
- Singer Namedrop: "Ratt Madness"
"RATTs and Abbott tell no tales"
- From "Chain Reaction":
"This one ratt is one to say"
- From "Steel River":
- Something Blues: "Mother Blues"
- Take That: After Stephen Pearcy unsuccessfully sued Bobby Blotzer and Juan Croucier for the rights to the name "Ratt," he toured as a solo and nicknamed his band the Rat Bastards.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: From the chorus for "Scene of the Crime," which is sung seven times:"Cold blooded bitch goin' out on me"
- Underground Comics: Originally named Mickey Ratt, after the underground comic Mickey Rat.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz
- Your Cheating Heart: "Shame Shame Shame," "Sweet Cheater"