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Ratt - 1985 Invasion Of Your Privacy

ALBUM: Invasion Of Your Privacy
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: 81257-1
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: 1990, Atlantic, 81257-2 * 2015, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY281


LINEUP: Stephen Pearcy - vocals * Robbin Crosby - guitars * Warren De Martini - guitars * Juan Croucier - bass * Bobby Blotzer - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 You're In Love * 02 Never Use Love * 03 Lay It Down * 04 Give It All * 05 Closer To My Heart * 06 Between The Eyes * 07 What You Give Is What You Get * 08 Got Me On The Line * 09 You Should Know By Now * 10 Dangerous But Worth The Risk


Formed from the origins of San Diego based outfit Mickey Ratt, this band became one of the more successful hair-metal bands of the 80's, their first three albums worth adding to your CD collection without hesitation. The third of the Ratt triumvirate is this one 'Invasion Of Your Privacy', released in July 1985 and going double platinum by the end of the year. It is a continuation of the smooth production generated by Beau Hill, combined with sharp melodic metal with a commercial edge. The 'politically correct' brigade led by Tipper Gore tried hard to put a parental warning on the cover, probably because Playboy centerfold Marianne Gravatte graced the cover. It's hardly pornographic though, and if Tipper actually remembers those days, she'll probably realise how silly it all was.

The Songs
The album is a story of two halves though; one half being exceptional songs, while the second half is less so, though its hardly filler thank goodness. The first three tracks 'You're In Love', 'Never Use Love' and 'Lay It Down' are all compulsory listening, the latter track did very well in the charts too. My fave track is 'Give It All', the brooding guitars give this one a dramatic edge. Ratt venture into power-ballad with 'Closer To My Heart', a good effort. By the time we get to the second half of the album though, we're looking for a bit of contrast to break up the similar sounding riffs coming through the mix. Unfortunately this doesn't happen.. The trio of 'Between The Eyes', 'What You Give Is What You Get' and 'Got Me On The Line' struggle to get my attention, and by now I have an itchy trigger finger. 'You Should By Now' is a fun-time rocker, the album completed by the anthem like 'Dangerous But Worth The Risk', the sexual innuendo represented in the lyrics all the way through the album.

In Summary
One of many metal bands doing well in 1985, Ratt followed the likes of Dokken into the charts, and were also well-followed out on the road, with fledglings Bon Jovi the support band. As mentioned, the album went double-platinum, and the following year they consolidated their efforts with the album 'Dancing Undercover'.

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#1 | dangerzone on June 09 2008 04:17:57
2500 hits for this in one day! Who would have suspected this album was so popular?
#2 | gdazegod on June 09 2008 04:21:57
WTF? I will reset the page views to zero. Then watch out!
#3 | dangerzone on June 09 2008 05:09:54
Looks like it is still being hit hard! I wonder what the story is?
#4 | gdazegod on June 09 2008 06:40:12
I will do an IP trace. It's the little IP Log utility you can see in the bottom right corner. I'll log on and find where the culprit is coming from.
#5 | gdazegod on June 09 2008 09:26:57
Seems the pageview was being manipulated by a script, rather than by an individual. There were no traces of people doing a repeat page reload en masse. I have since given the article a new ID number (3200), reset it to zero, and renumbered the comments ID to match to 3200 as well. All in a days work.. lol!
#6 | jeffrey343 on August 30 2011 04:07:23
This was the album of the summer of 1985 for me, with "Lay It Down" one of the top songs of that time. Good followup to "Out Of The Cellar".
#7 | super80boy on December 20 2015 20:07:37
Another fine effort assuring there would be no sophomore slump, however this time the Beau Hill production team sheens it up an extra layer. There's another round of big splash singles to be had as well. 'You're In Love' is one of my favorite Ratt songs, a great catchy chorus and guitar riff. Bubbling under was the limited issued 'What You Give Is What You Get' and of course the mega 'Lay It Down'.
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