The Rockstar Ramblings: The new Ratt album
Ever since the release of Out of The Cellar I have been a big fan of Ratt and their music. Given this you can imagine my curiosity when I heard they have finished their latest album and that they have returned to their classic sound. To my knowledge neither album title nor track titles have been released at this point. Do I wait patiently to hear the song list, or do I take this time and try to guess the album title and track names? Quite the quandary… Here are my thoughts on the title and songs on the upcoming album broken down old school in two sides.
Album title: Caught Cheating – A fitting title for a band that has been fond of sex driven titles such as Invasion of Your Privacy and Dancing Undercover.
“Off my Back” : The epitome of a comeback song. Heavy on the guitar riffs, sounds a lot like one of their early hits “You Think You’re Tough”.
“Back alley Strut” : The first of several songs about loose women and late nights.
“California Dreams” : A rare ballad that tells that tells the story of a band making it to the top before hitting the floor. The song lyrics are in second person, until the last verse where Stephen Pearcy screams, "We've made it once, we'll make it again babe!"
“Jack” : A song about a man named Jack. Jack loves girls named Jane. Jack is a pimp.
“Las Vegas” : A song about a place with bright lights and women without clothes. The lyrics tell of a town not in the U.S., but rather a strip club by the name in Brazil.
“Stiletto” : Side two starts with the sound of a woman in high heels walking across the floor, leading into heavy guitars. The word "Centerfold" is repeated often and the hook contains the line "Fashion Model who now hops from bed to bed, she’ll keep on hopping until she is dead.”
“Hollywood Punk” : Bluesy tune about a man living in Venice beach.
“Tequila Sunrise” : A song about a girl named Tequila who makes a living selling her body. Each morning she sees the sunrise from a different place.
“Sex Sells, But Who's Buying?” : One of the greatest Ratt songs was “Way Cool Jr.”, the obvious mistake with this was the corny title. Here another song is masked by this mistake.
“Smokescreen” : A thrashing ending with an unclear motivation except for the hook which screams "Don't count me out baby, we're only half way there, hit the lights, let's finish our affair!"
David S. Grant is the author of books Corporate Porn, Bleach|Blackout, Hollywood Ending, Emotionless Souls, and The Last Breakfast. His new novel, Blood-the New Red, will be available this fall. For more information please go to http://www.davidsgrant.com.
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