By Adam Waldman
On March 27, 1984, Ratt released their first full-length album, Out Of The Cellar. The album peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200 chart, and has been certified triple platinum by the RIAA. It remains the band’s most successful album to date. It also features the band’s most successful single in “Round And Round,” a track that peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In addition to “Round And Round,” Out Of The Cellar features a number of other fan favorites: “Wanted Man,” “Lack Of Communication” and “Back For More” (a song that appeared on the band’s EP a year earlier). Out Of The Cellar also features a song called “In Your Direction” (written by frontman Stephen Pearcy when the band was called Mickey Ratt), and two songs that guitarist Robin Crosby co-wrote before joining Ratt (“Scene Of The Crime” and “I’m Insane”).
Out Of The Cellar was originally slated to be produced by Tom Allom (Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Def Leppard), but ended up being produced by (then) newcomer Beau Hill, who has since gone on to become a highly sought after producer.
Most ‘80s metal fans know that it was Tawny Kitaen sprawled across the hood of David Coverdale’s car in the unforgettable video for Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again,” but most probably don’t know that she is also the girl crawling towards the cellar on the Out Of The Cellar album cover.
Check out the track that started it all for Ratt back in 1984…