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Faster Pussycat - 1987 Faster Pussycat



ARTIST: Faster Pussycat
ALBUM: Faster Pussycat
LABEL: Elektra
SERIAL: 60730-1 (LP), 9 60730-2 (CD)
YEAR: 1987
CD REISSUE: 2013, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY220

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Taime Downe - lead vocals * Greg Steele - guitar * Brent Muscat - guitar * Eric Stacy - bass * Mark Michals - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Don't Change That Song * 02 Bathroom Wall * 03 No Room For Emotion * 04 Cathouse * 05 Babylon * 06 Smash Alley * 07 Shooting You Down * 08 City Has No Heart * 09 Ship Rolls In * 10 Bottle In Front Of Me

WEBLINKS: www.fasterpussycat.com


Background
I don't know about the rest of you guys, but I've ignored this band over the years without ever having listened to them. Well, what a surprise then to find that this band and this LP rocks OK, despite their reputation drug taking abilities and egos. Formed in 1986, Faster Pussycat were unfortunate to strike two bands either side of them that were making huge strides in El-Lay. Those two being Guns N Roses and Poison. There were others of course; L.A Guns being one of those, but the sleaze/glam scene was a huge thing during the mid-late 80's and Taime Downe and his band were right in the thick of it. I'm still not utterly convinced that their musicianship is as rock solid as other bands from this era, but their records are quite well produced, this 1987 debut sounds quite spacious and airy thanks to Ric Browde (Ted Nugent, W.A.S.P, Poison, Jetboy etc), and from my perspective that always helps.


The Songs
For all of its 36 minute running time, 'Faster Pussycat' won't burden you with a complex synopsis of life. Across the ten tracks, the riffs are basic, everything is presented in an entertaining manner.. just avoid stumbling over the empty beer bottles, the full ashtrays and hey.. what's that white stuff on the table laid out in rows? lol! The chugging guitars on the opening 'Don't Change That Song' are great, but they sound as if FC have lifted them from Golden Earring's 'Candy's Going Bad'!! The big spacious sound mentioned earlier is very apparent here. 'Bathroom Wall' has a sleaze/boogie feel to it. The band made a video for this too (See below). 'No Room For Emotion' tries to steal a Rolling Stones moment or two, beyond this track we head into the thoroughly rabble-rousing 'Cathouse', with honky-tonk piano and some full-on boogie stealing the show. Love the cheeky voiceover intro for the steaming hot 'Babylon', However it's Taime Downe's rough and tough vocal which grabs the attention, plus all the weird sound effects. All the 'pussy' innuendo is pretty obvious one would think. So too the word play 'babbling on'. 'Smash Alley' has a groovy riff which sounds kinda like the 007 James Bond theme.. while the rollicking 'Shooting You Down' is probably the best representation of this band within this sub-genre. 'City Has No Heart' has a continuous samey riff for which the song revolves around, whereas 'Ship Rolls In' features Krokus like boogie and some fun time lyrics. 'Bottle In Front Of Me' sounds like a dubious song-title but the song has its moments. Downes' raucous vocal sounds scratched out on metal filings and broken glass, while the guitar solo is very cool, apart from everything else..


In Summary
This debut didn't do that badly, making the lower reaches of the Billboard Top 100 albums. However, it was next album 'Wake Me When It's Over' that things really took off. Still in existence, the band has suffered a fractured relationship over the years between protagonists Taime Downe and Bret Muscat. Both ended up creating their own version of the band. I think the tide has long since been out for this band, but certainly back in the late 80's, they added colour and entertainment for a short time.


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#1 | gdazegod on December 31 2012 06:38:40
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#2 | gdazegod on December 31 2012 06:39:16
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#3 | sabace on December 31 2012 18:36:25
good stuff
 
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