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Cats in Boots Kicked and Clawed Glam Rock 80s Style

Posted in Entertainment, Glam Metal Rock Music, Glam Rock, Heavy Metal Music, Music, RATT, Skidrow with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2018 by glamrock4ever

In the vacant music scene of the 21st century, where Glam Rock and Glam Metal Music fans continue to be ignored, pushed aside, and altogether ABANDONED by the BIG MUSIC CORPORATIONS, it defies all logic that bands like Cats in Boots are not only no longer around but never actually made it in the US music scene! These BIG MUSIC CORPORATIONS seem to only know how to push the genres of Rap, Country, or the other MAINSTREAM CRAP that people call “music” these days! Do I sound bitter? Well, yes, slightly, because Cats In Boots are amazingly awesome and should have made it, man. So what follows is a brief bio, discography, and excerpt from an interview with lead singer Joel Ellis, first published on March 7, 2006 by Sleazeroxx.com. You gotta witness it to believe it.  And you WILL, I double dog dare ya, yeah.

Cats in Boots (aka CIB) were formed in 1988 by two Americans: Joel Ellis, vocals and Randy Meers, Drums, along with two Japanese: Takashi O’Hashi, lead guitar, and Yasuhiro Hatae, bass guitar. Joel Ellis was part of the Cleveland (as in: Ohio) music scene with a band called Merry Hoax, with Randy Meers, who was from Texas.  Despite the electric (as in: NOT) music scene in Cleveland, Merry Hoax moved to L.A. There Takashi ‘Jam’ Ohashi and bass player Yasuhiro ‘Butch’ Hatae of the Tokyo band Seiki Matsu recruited Ellis and Meers for CIB. Of that move, Ellis told Sleazeroxx.com, “There was never any question if we would leave Cleveland or not. Cleveland was a great place to come from, but we always knew as kids we’d end up rockin’ in LA.”  Ellis said that Merry Hoax had influences “from Sabbath to Zep to Metallica and early Motley.”

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The American member Ellis and Meers relocated to Tokyo, Japan with O’Hashi and Hatae to record demos which shot to #1 on the Indie Japanese music charts. The band caught the attention of New York based music giant EMI, and had CIB fly back to New York to record “Kicked and Klawed.” Although, Kicked and Klawed garnered solid popularity in Japan and the U.K.—including 60 sold-out shows in Japan– their modest Gold status on the American scene cost them a continued recording contract and Ellis said, on Sleazeroxx.com, that there was “confrontation with management [EMI] and some short-sighted decisions on both ends.” Ellis also said this to Sleazeroxx.com, “People need to try to understand how big an impact CIB made on the Japan music scene….In the U.K. we were also bigger with Top 10 selling rock record together with Motley, Faith No More, Skid Row, etc.”

The Discography: Demonstration: East Meets West (Demo); Kicked and Klawed (1989); Last Works 1993-1995 (1999); The original band toured Japan one last time in 2003.

The rock blog Heavy Harmonies summarized it best when they wrote, “Amidst the other hair bands of the late 80s, Cats in Boots were gravely overlooked. They were, perhaps, the most underrated metal band of the late 80s. Ellis had a killer rock n roll voice and the riffs on this CD (Kicked and Klawed) are incredible.”

And last, but not least, is this thrilling fact: Joel Ellis of Cats in Boots was a roommate with Stephen Pearcy of RATT. Read the Sleazeroxx.com interview for more. 

Addendum: many apologies for the “oze toni rock the nights” tag do not know the dude but the video is ELECTRIC GLAM.

Rockin’ It Glam with Dokken

Posted in Entertainment, Glam Metal Rock Music, Glam Rock, Heavy Metal Music, Metal Rock, Rock Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2014 by glamrock4ever

Dokken1Dokken5Dokken4Dokken are an American glam metal band formed in 1978 in Los Angeles, California. The original members of Dokken are: Don Dokken (vocals), George Lynch (lead guitar), Juan Crocier (bass guitar), Mick Brown (drums). The singles/songs that are best known by Dokken are “Just Got Lucky”, “Into the Fire”, “In My Dreams”, and “Its Not Love.” The best known albums by Dokken are:  Breaking the Chains (1981), Tooth and Nail (1984), Under Lock and Key (1985), and Back for the Attack (1987). According to Blabbermouth.net, Frontiers Records signed a recording contract with Dokken for their most recent studio album, which was recorded in 2012, Breaking Bones.

     In the beginning Don Dokken had a band playing gigs in the L.A. area (around 1976) with the name “Airborn” but name change ensued after it was discovered there was already a band with that name recording. In 1981, Don Dokken flew to Germany to sing background vocals for Scorpions vocalist Klaus Meine who was having vocal issues. [For this and more band history, see Wikipedia.]  While in Germany, Don Dokken secured a recording contract with Carrere Records, releasing an initial version of Breaking the Chains under the name Don Dokken.

     The band Dokken toured with Blue Oyster Cult in 1983 and also Scorpions in 1986. Juan Crocier left Dokken in 1983 to join RATT and was replaced by Jeff Pilson. Dokken also opened for these major headliners: Judas Priest, AC/DC, Aerosmith, and Dio. Dokken finally got several “big breaks” on two occasions:  recording “Dream Warriors” for Nightmare on Elm Street 3, as well as the Monsters of Rock tour in 1988 with Van Halen, Scorpions and Metallica.

     The band has endured years of fighting and criticism over not only George Lynch’s departure in 1989 (to form Lynch Mob) but also due to the fact that Dokken band members refused to allow George Lynch to rejoin the band in 1990 just prior to a major world tour! Lynch sued the band for $1 million but the band prevailed. For more on each side of this story go to either http://www.dokkencentral.com or http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/lynch-my-problem-with-don-dokken-has-always-been-that-he-was-not-an-honest-trustful-person/.*

   *The shortened link for this is http://2020.fm/ov 

Out of the Glam Rock Cellar with RATT

Posted in Entertainment, Glam Metal Rock Music, Glam Rock, Heavy Metal Music with tags , , , , , , on March 9, 2014 by glamrock4ever

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Ratt is an American metal band that had commercial success in the 80s and are recognized as being very influential in the Los Angeles glam metal scene. They are best known for their hits “Round and Round”, “Lay It Down”, “Way Cool Junior”, “Lovin’ You’s a Dirty Job”. (See Wikipedia for this and more). The band continues to record and tour today. For the latest news about this, see http://www. therattpack.com.  According to the band’s bio on this site, Ratt was signed to Atlantic records in 1984 and their record sales have gone 3x Platinum, “selling in excess of 15 million albums in the US alone”.  The original band members consisted of: Warren DeMartini, Stephen Pearcy, Bobby Blotzer, Robbin Crosby, and Juan Croucier.

For the complete page of RATT album covers/discography go to:

http://www.therattpack.com/media/discography

 

The inception of this great glam metal band started in 1976 with a band called Mickey Ratt which was formed by founding member and vocalist Stephen Pearcy. There were several changes in their lineup during this time period and throughout the band’s history.

(For complete info on this, see Wikipedia.)  The band named Mickey Ratt moved to Los Angeles in 1980 to increase their chances of landing a recording contract, and Mickey Ratt recorded two singles “Dr.Rock” and “Drivin’ on E” during this phase of the band’s genesis, and records were given out to fans at their early shows in the L.A. club scene.

In 1981, the band’s name was shortened to RATT. Guitarist Warren DeMartini joined in 1982 at the age of 18, having made a life-changing decision as to whether to stay in community college or throw his lot in with what was then an unknown group. More crucial additions during this time were Bobby Blotzer on drums (formerly with Vic Vergeat) and Juan Croucier on bass (formerly with Dokken). In 1983, Ratt signed with independent L.A. label Time Coast records and released the first Ratt EP in the U.S. After the EP (Extended Play) was well-received, the band was signed to Atlantic records. Ratt band members then started working on material for their first album, Out of the Cellar.

RATT signed with Atlantic Records, writing and recording the band’s first full-length album, Out of the Cellar –which generated the crew’s monster hit “Round and Round”. For those fans out there who remember the 80s rock n roll radio, Ratt’s “Round and Round” was constantly on the radio, defining 80s hair and heavy metal,as well as the video in heavy rotation with Milton Berle’s “Uncle Miltie” character in the rock video, and guitarists crashing through the ceiling onto a dinner party, complete with rats under glass. This first album is regarded as Ratt’s paramount work. Out of the Cellar was a mammouth hit, going platinum many times over in the USA and Far East.

What follows is a brief synopsis of the great RATT albums that followed after Out of the CellarInvasion of Your Privacy (1985-1986), Dancing Undercover (1986-1987), Reach for the Sky (1988-1989), Detonator (1990-1991) and Ratt ‘N Roll (1991-1992). The band’s second album Invasion of Your Privacy peaked at #7 in 1985, featuring hits, “You’re In Love” and “Lay It Down.” The band toured extensively that year with Bon Jovi, Ozzy Osbourne, and Iron Maiden.

RATT’s next release Dancing Undercover featured “Body Talk”, “Dance” and “Slip of the Lip”. Throughout 1987 RATT toured with Poison.  Reach for the Sky was released in 1988 and reached #17 on Billboard’s Hot 100, achieving platinum status with “Way Cool Junior” and “I Want a Woman”. RATT toured Tokyo that year with Kingdom Come, Bon Jovi, and Britny Fox.

RATT’s fifth album Detonator was released in 1990 and featured tracks “Shame Shame Shame” and “Lovin You’s a Dirty Job”. Jon Bon Jovi joined as background vocalist on “Heads I Win, Tails You Lose”. During the Japanese leg of Detonator tour guitarist Robbin Crosby’s substance abuse problem led to inconsistent playing onstage, and during one memorable performance, Crosby did not switch out guitars with his guitar technician for songs that required different tuning, and was subsequently out of tune with the band on the next several songs. The culmination of this was that it was Crosby’s last gig with the band, and he checked himself into a rehab facility after the tour ended. At the end of 1991, RATT released the song “Nobody Rides for Free”, signalling a change in the band; 1991 was the last year that the original five members of the band RATT played or recorded together.

RATT to this day is still an influential band in the glam metal scene. The next upcoming gig for RATT is the Monsters of Rock ImageImagecruise departing Miami, Florida March 29th, 2014. According to RATT’s website, http://www. therattpack.com, “The year 2010 saw RATT sign to RoandRunner for the release of Infestation. Their 10th studio album will be released in 2014. Lead singer Stephen Pearcy is quoted as saying “Our music is like it was in the beginning..We’re going to celebrate (30) years in 2014 with a new record and world tour to keep Ratt N Roll alive.” The current band members are: Pearcy, DeMartini, Croucier, Blotzer, and Carlos Cavazo (formerly of Quiet Riot) replacing the late Robbin Crosby. Crosby died on June 6, 2002 of a heroin overdose. He was 42 years old.