Robbin Crosby ~ General Biography

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  1. Kallie

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    Ratt ........ 1983

    They toured with >
    * Alcatrazz
    * Fastway
    * Mama's Boys {Irish Heavy-Metal Band}
    * Billy Squier

    Forgotten Fact >

    They did not 'bowl' anybody over in 1983, and they did not take off on the
    Radio Air-Waves either.

    Robbin Crosby >
    "They said that we were too hard and too raw. That we would never make it, and
    that we had a short shelf life."

    "We put the Ratt EP together in only 3-Days of recording, and for only $10,000.
    It was Stephen Pearcy and me that wrote the songs. I did all the arrangements."

    "We got air-play only on KLOS and KMET at first. But, we worked hard. We were
    hungry."





     
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  2. ChazMania

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    Kallie- great thread. You seem to be quite the LA music historian! Great facts and data in many of your threads.

    I too grew up seeing Ratt in clubs. I have a picture (need to find) of Warren at the Troubadour and my brother and I were in the front. Warren handed me his 1/2 drunk Heineken bottle to finish. I kept that bottle for probably 10 years. I was 16 years old.
     
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    In summer of 84 Mamas Boys and Fastway opened for Ratt ,saw that show at the San Jose Civic . In early 84 I saw Ratt open for Black Sabbath , they didn't t over very well
     
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    I remember the early airplay on KLOS and the Mighty Met, it seems like it didn't take long after that until they were all over MTV.
     
  5. Kallie

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    October 2, 1983

    San Antonio Convention Center

    ZZ Top and Ratt

    This was Ratt's 1st big concert, as they opened for ZZ Top.
     
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    Mamas Boys "needle in the groove" was a great song back in the day..
     
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    Ratt EP

    1983 Promo Photo

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    At a record store appearance in the spring of '84 Robbin told me his favorite guitarist was Billy Gibbons.
     
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  9. Kallie

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    'Out Of The Cellar'

    Released .......... March 1984

    Recorded ......... December 1983 ~ January 1984
    Producer .......... Beau Hill

    Cost of Production ........ $60,000
    Total Days ................... 28

    Tawny Kittaen again graces the front cover, just like on the Ratt EP.

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    $60,000???
    That's it?

    No wonder those guys were rolling in cash after the album took off!
     
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    'Out Of The Cellar'

    Sales were OK, but nothing great at the beginning of 1984.

    And "Round and Round" was not getting a lot of air-play. It kind of stayed in
    the bottom-half of the rotation on the Radio.

    Then the band cut the Music Video. When it was released to MTV, the whole
    Ratt-World exploded in 1984.

    Robbin Crosby >

    We had put together "Round and Round" in mid-1983. It was good, but far from
    perfect at the time. We didn't even put it on the Ratt EP, because we felt it was
    not strong enough.

    When we went to record 'Out Of The Cellar' with Beau Hill, he listened to it a few
    times and then said > "I think we've got something here."

    I sure didn't think it was all that great. But, Beau Hill re-constructed some of the
    breaks in the song, and he had Warren lay down some solo-blasts.

    When it was done, I said to Beau > "It could be a Top 40 song as well. It has that feel."
    He thought so too.

    When it was released, I have to admit I was initially disappointed that it didn't do
    better. But once the Music Video aired ......... F*** Man, it took off like a Ratt on fire.





     
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    I tagged along with a friend to a BBQ at Juan's house in Palos Verdes sometime early '98...modest ranch style facing inland with an awesome view of LA county. Very nice guy, Robbin was there as well who was also very nice. Upon entering the house, on the staircase landing is the multi-platinum album display and directly underneath is an original Riviera-era Fender SuperChamp.
    I point to it and tell Juan "those are great amps!" And he replied "Warren plugged one into a Marshall cab and played all the solos on the first album with that set up."
    Robbin was already full HIV and passed not too long after.
    My friend, who had lived with Robbin after he was booted from Ratt, had said Robbin didn't want to die from AIDS, he really just wanted to overdose instead which he did in 2002.

    RIP and thanks for all the great music.
     
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  13. Kallie

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    Nearly everybody has said that both >

    Robbin Crosby and Juan Croucier were 'good guys'.

     
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    And good friends as well.

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    If you are/were a fan of Robin Crosby, this is an incredibly heart wrenching read. The author is (was? my brother died) a friend of my brother. I met the author a few times. Some pretty daunting Crosby bio stuff in this.

    http://www.robbincrosby.net/words/page1.htm
     
  16. Kallie

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    February 24, 1984

    Hollywood Palladium

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    July 1, 1984

    A good article with Robbin Crosby and band Manager - Marshall Berle.

    It was Robbin who came up with the 1984 "World Infestation Tour" moniker.

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  18. Go Cat Go!!

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    great thread!

    I caught Ratt at LaMour Brooklyn the week after the the video of Round and Round was released. Motley Crue was there as well as Chris Holmes from WASP. This was when Tommy Lee and company were going around biting each other. I saw him bite down on someone's arm. Can't remember who. i forgot who Motley was opening were opening for. They were in town and decided to stop by. My friend's band opened, followed by TT Quick. Ratt was the headliner. It was a great night but I can't remember much. :)

    Found this on Juan Croucier's site. It's the last time Robin played witht the band.

     
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  19. Kallie

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    Go Cat Go,

    That would have been June 1, 1984 at L'Amour.

    It was the 1st visit to the New York City area by Ratt.

    I saw them the next night {June 2nd} at the Beacon Theatre.
    They opened for Motley Crue.

    Here is "In Your Direction" from that night.

    There was a lot of debauchery going on that night from the Cat-Walk over the stage.

    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...OGqsYP9P5dkkpkI_Q&sig2=eot6tLORHHExA4BpYgl4_g



     
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    I'm pretty sure Curt Dudley owns Robbins old guitars as well. Although I don't think he bought them directly from Robbin. I probably should have read the link first. I just remembered him posting pics of these round horn v's and firebirds. All Jacksons ofcourse
     
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