Anyone out here ever listening to the Good Rats ?

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  1. handyman11

    handyman11 Silver Supporting Member

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    Funny , was going through some old CD's , and found an old Good Rats compilation I put together many years ago ...were a big band back in my late 1970's Long Island college days...( along with two then cover bands ..Twisted Sister and Zebra ) ,,,,

    Definitely not a commercial band , which is why they never sold a ton of albums back then ...but really had some great tunes ..not known for their ballads , but 'Songwriter' , and 'Advertisement in the Voice' could be top 40 hits even now , if sung by a popular name singer ...

    Brought back some old memories of some great Good Rats shows ...
     
  2. twopack

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    great band, great musicians. Add Rat Race Choir to the list!
     
  3. Kappy

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    Fun stuff...listened to them way back, late 70s/early 80s.
     
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    Great band, Peppi has such a great voice.

    The Good Rats are still going strong and gigging regularly. They do original Rats reunion shows as well.

    They do have a website up and running and send out e-mail newsletters.

    Tasty!
     
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    one of my favorite bands, and still listen to all their stuff. mickey and peppi grew up in my hometown (so did dee snider).
     
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    I remember the local station playing them back in the early and mid-80s when I was growing up. Pretty cool stuff.
     
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    Sure...Injun Joe. the Girl with the Yellow Flower; lots of great stuff. There was a double live album as I recall.
     
  8. handyman11

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    Geez , forgot about Rat Race Choir ... some great Led Zep and Tull ...saw Mark Hitt and Felix ( from Zebra ) in Hindenburg , the Led Zep tribute band , not too long ago .....amazing stuff ...
     
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    I love them, my wife (from Rochester, NY) turned me onto them when I started dating her in 1979- I saw them twice, in '79 and '80- great show- John Gatto (the Cat) and Mickey M are great guitarists-I heard Twisted Sister got the name as those words are part of the lyrics of the Good Rats "Don't Hate the Ones that Bring You Rock and Roll!" Tasty, Injun Joe, Fireball Express- great tunes!
     
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    Tom CT Old Supporting Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Beat me to it! I used to see them on occasion in the late '70s - early '80s in CT. They were my introduction to vintage P-90 goldtop Les Pauls ("What's up with those tiny headstocks?!" said yours truly, the neophyte Norlin owner). Great band with catchy tunes, energy and personality. :aok
     
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    I was a great fan back in the day and then became friends with John and Lenny (original guitarist and bassist). I still speak with them from time to time. Great guys!
     
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    Great band as was zebra. Gotta mention my favorite blues man back then little buster. Late nights at the right track inn. But going to see the other bands first at like speaks cause that's where the women were. Thanks for the memories!
     
  14. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    Loved 'em! Caught 'em live many time on Long Island but my fave show was in Utica, NY in '78 because finally, when Pepi Marcello threw the plastic rat into the audience towards the end of the show, I caught it! :D

    Ain't it the truth.
     
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    frankencat Lex Luthier Gold Supporting Member

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    Great old band. The Marcello bros. I remember them well. :)
     
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    Bought the Tasty album when it first came out.
    Great band.
     
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    i'm not old enough to have seen them in their heyday, but i have seen a couple of reunion shows. great band. love the harmonies.
     
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    I've got the "Tasty" album and saw them live twice. Great band!
     
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    I remeber this weird chick back in Highschool (around 1981) was really into a band called the Boom Town rats.......same band?
     
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    Boomtown Rats are british ...Good Rats are from LI ...

    They are known for songs like "tasty' , Takin it to Detroit , Injun Joe ..but the ballads are tremendous ...

    In addition to the slow songs I mentioned , 'Dear Sir' , 'Birth Comes to us All' wre also just great songs ..... if someone like Tony Bennett or Paul Anka did them way back when , they'd be big hits (in my opinion ) ....

    Just listened to 'Writng the Pages ' from one of their early albums ...not one of the well known Rats songs , but good song about Adolf Hitler , just really different stuff ...
     

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