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For their fifth and final album (at least until their 1999 reunion), Ratt fired their longtime producer Beau Hill and replaced him with Desmond Child, who had overseen Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet and Aerosmith’s Permanent Vacation, among other hits. Child focused their grooves, forced them to write big hooks, and blew up the drums and guitar to stadium proportions. The formula works on a variety of different songs. “Loving You Is a Dirty Job” is a big stout sing-along, while “All or Nothing” and “Scratch That Itch” are nasty boogies in the vein of Aerosmith. “One Step Away,” “Can’t Wait On Love” and “Givin’ Yourself Away” feature grinding riffs that give way to poppy choruses, in the tradition of Ratt’s signature song “Round and Round.” Detonator was a fine effort, but it failed to catch on with the public and was the first Ratt album not to go platinum. Maybe their time was up; maybe they were just unlucky. In any case, Detonator remains the most underrated record of the band’s career, and should definitely be reconsidered by fans of Ratt and other Desmond Child-produced projects.

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Its a shame shame shame if you don't but this allbum!

This album is so underrated. Check out the song Shame Shame Shame, its Ratt's best song imo.

This album is a great lost treasure of RATT

Loving You Is A Dirty Job and Top Secret are excellent examples of this LP's pure rock undertones. I just saw RATT perform live in Vegas this 2008 New Years, and they have only become more deadly over time. Everyone looked great and sounded even better. Hope 2009 includes a new album!

Fix the album

Hello iTunes guys,

You have to fix the album here, it is not correct. The second song "Shame Shame Shame" includes "Intro to Shame" also. It has been wrongly digitized.


Formed: 1983 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Ratt's brash, melodic heavy metal made the Los Angeles quintet one of the most popular rock acts of the mid-'80s. The group had its origins in the '70s group Mickey Ratt, which had evolved into Ratt by 1983; at that time the band featured vocalist Stephen Pearcy, guitarist Robbin Crosby, guitarist Warren DeMartini, bassist Juan Croucier, and drummer Bobby Blotzer. The band released its self-titled first album independently in 1983, which led to a major label contract with Atlantic Records. Their...
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Detonator, Ratt
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock, Arena Rock, Hair Metal, Hard Rock
  • Released: Jul 31, 1990
  • Parental Advisory

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