Faster Pussycat - Faster Pussycat (1987) (Remastered 2013)

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Faster Pussycat - Faster Pussycat (1987) (Remastered 2013)

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Faster Pussycat - Faster Pussycat (1987) (Rock Candy Remastered 2013)







Year : 1987 (Rock Candy Remastered 2013)
Style : Glam Metal , Hard Rock
Country : United States
Audio : 320 kbps + scans
Size : 115 mb


Faster Pussycat is an American glam metal band from Los Angeles, California formed in 1986. The group was most successful during the late 1980s with their self-titled debut album, their 1989 gold album Wake Me When It's Over and the 80,000 selling Whipped! in 1992.

Early Years (1986–1987):
Faster Pussycat was formed in Hollywood by Taime Downe during the Glam metal boom of the 1980s, the earliest incarnation of the band featured Downe and Greg Steele along with Brent Muscat. The name of the band, "Faster Pussycat", is derived from the Russ Meyer film Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!.After much fluctuation of early lineup, Faster Pussycat consisted of Taime Downe (vocals), Greg Steele (guitar), Brent Muscat (guitar), Kelly Nickels (bass) and Mark Michals (drums).Before recording their debut album, Nickels left the group and was replaced by Eric Stacy (ex-Champagne).

Rise to fame (1987–1993):
The band released their debut album Faster Pussycat in 1987. The band managed to build a cult following and put out two promotional videos from the first album for the songs "Bathroom Wall" and "Don't Change That Song". In November 1987 the band appeared on the cover of Screamer Magazine's debut issue. Says David Castagno, the magazine's Publisher/Editor and now host of RadioScreamer, "Faster Pussycat will always hold a special place in my heart." In the United States the band toured with Alice Cooper, David Lee Roth, and Motörhead in support of the album.Also in 1987, Faster Pussycat appeared in the Rockumentary film, The Decline of Western Civilization part 2 - The Metal Years. The band was interviewed at some length and performed live versions of "Cathouse" and "Bathroom Wall".Two years later, Faster Pussycat would record their most successful album Wake Me When It's Over. The album received gold status; its sales being largely boosted by the hit single, "House of Pain". Music videos were also produced for "House of Pain" and "Poison Ivy". While the band were touring for the album in 1990, drummer Mark Michals was arrested in Omaha, Nebraska for trying to mail heroin to his hotel room and was subsequently kicked out of the band.Frankie Banali of Quiet Riot filled in as drummer for the remainder of the tour, then Brett Bradshaw became Faster Pussycat's new long-term drummer. Tours with KISS and Mötley Crüe followed.In 1990, they recorded a cover of Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" for a compilation called Rubáiyát: Elektra's 40th Anniversary. A video was also filmed for this track. The song was also later included on the 1992 Belted, Buckled And Booted EP, which served as the single for "Nonstop To Nowhere" and also included two unreleased tracks.In 1992 they released their third album, Whipped!, which peaked at No. 90 on the charts.

Break-up (1993):
In 1993, Faster Pussycat broke up, and all members went their separate ways into various projects.Downe was involved with industrial musical act Pigface before expanding on the darker themes started on Whipped!, by forming his own industrial rock act with Kyle Kyle of Bang Tango called The Newlydeads.

Reunion and change of musical style (2001–2005):
In 2001 Faster Pussycat reformed featuring original members Downe (vocals), Muscat (guitar), Steele (guitar); alongside Downe's former Newlydeads bandmates Xristian Simon (guitar), Danny Nordahl (bass), and Chad Stewart (drums). Danny Nordahl had also played in The Throbs, and Nordahl and Chad Stewart both also play in Motochrist.A remix compilation Between the Valley of the Ultra Pussy was released the same year by the band, featuring industrial rock remixes of their classic tracks, along with a bonus cover of KISS' "I Was Made For Loving You". This divided fans as many of the band's older fanbase who enjoyed standard hard rock, were not familiar with industrial rock.Steele would leave the band halfway through the band's 2001 headlining reunion tour. Tracii Guns filled in as guitarist for the rest of the tour, but once the remaining dates were completed, Faster Pussycat continued as a five piece. Eric Griffin from Murderdolls, Synical, and eventually Wednesday 13, filled in as the guitarist for their United States tour due to Brent Muscat's scheduling conflicts.Muscat would return briefly until oral cancer sidelined him in late summer of 2005 and he was temporarily replaced by Michael Thomas which would end permanently when he chose not to return to the lineup.

Name dispute and Brent Muscat's Faster Pussycat line-up (2006–2007):
In December 2006, three former original Faster Pussycat members; Brent Muscat, Eric Stacy and Brett Bradshaw alongside The Underground Rebels vocalist Kurt Frohlich began performing under the name Faster Pussycat, creating two versions of the band both claiming to be the 'original'. Brent's claimed purpose for this was to allow fans to hear Faster Pussycat tracks played in the way they originally recorded, as opposed to the Industrial rock-themed version he said Downe continued to front. Brent also made a legal claim to the name 'Faster Pussycat'.They played the AVN Awards after-party at the Dive Bar in Las Vegas, Nevada. According to a press release, this version of the band — which did not include Downe — will perform "all classic tracks, no remixes, no B.S."Downe sent out a bulletin on MySpace saying Faster Pussycat was not playing in Vegas and Brent's version was a 'tribute band'.Brent responded by stating that he donated all his money and planned to donate a portion of any future earnings to cancer research. In various interviews Downe disputed Brent's version of events and indicated the issue was being dealt with via the courts.In February 2007, Brent issued these statements on his MySpace blog:"In 2000 Taime made an awful remix cd. It was not until Greg Steele and I threatened him with legal action that we were paid and invited to join our own band. In 2005 I was diagnosed with oral cancer. The band which I had been part of for 20 years all of a sudden replaced me and lied about my condition. I was very hurt that Taime never bothered to call me once. As a result of Taime's drunken and erratic performances, the price for Faster Pussycat live performances plummeted and fans have voiced their displeasure. I decided I would attempt to reunite the band to commemorate our 20th anniversary. I invited both Greg and Taime, (which is more than he did for me) but neither responded."In March 2007 Brent did an interview with an Italian publication which he stated:"I love Taime but I believe he is caught up in a dark, fake and lonely place, where the people around him kiss his ass and then talk shit behind his back.. They use him for his drugs and ride his coat tails... Hollywood has been dead for a few years now... I'm so glad I got away from there and moved to Las Vegas. What is most sad about this, is the fact that I'm one of Taime's only real friends and he is too messed up to see it."On April 21, 2007, Muscat circulated via MySpace an open invitation to Downe and Steele to reunite with him, Stacy and Bradshaw.There was no response from Downe. Brent's version of Faster Pussycat toured Europe in Spring 2007 with Kurt Frohlich replacing Downe on vocals along with Todd Kerns on guitar.In July 2007, Brent Muscat decided to drop the battle to use the name Faster Pussycat.Brent Muscat has since started a band called Sin City Sinners.Brent has stated in an interview "Faster Pussycat is dead".Downe has continued on with the name 'Faster Pussycat.' and this band performed at Rocklahoma July 2007. During their set, Downe went on a tirade to the crowd referencing Muscat's cancer, wishing he would die, which received a poor reception from both the crowd and journalists. He then cut their set short and left the stage without playing several of their biggest hits.Recent times (2008–present):Faster Pussycat toured the U.S. in the summer of 2008 with Tracii Guns' version of LA Guns.In the late spring of 2010 Ace Von Johson replaced Michael Thomas, who was devoting his full-time work to Adler's Appetite.


The 'Remastered & Reloaded' release by Rock Candy of FASTER PUSSYCAT's self-titled debut album offers the perfect excuse to revisit a record that had a massive impact on the LA's Sunset Strip Hard Rock scene history.Taking their influence from the roots of glam rock and fusing it with commercial eighties hard rock a pinch of punk, "Faster Pussycat" was the epitome of the sleazy American movement. Formed by a bunch of rock 'n' roll reprobates delivering lust-fuelled lyrics, back in a day this band appealed to those of us who dared to explore the darker side of the party metal explosion."Faster Pussycat" was released in the July of 1987, two weeks before a li'l ol' record called 'Appetite For Destruction' hit the shelves.With the line-up of Taime Downe on vocals, Mark Michals on drums, guitarists Greg Steele and Brent Muscat, and Kelly Nickels on bass, Faster Pussycat, then managed by Vicky Hamilton (who had managed both GN'R and Poison at early stages of their careers), secured a deal with Elektra Records and tapped up producer Ric Browde, who had just hit mega-pay dirt with Poison's 'Look What The Cat Dragged In'.Browde saw the band play at The Cathouse, the club run by Taime and roommate/future Headbanger's Ball presenter Riki Rachtman, and thought they were dreadful but felt that they had 'something' and agreed to work with them.Elektra, who were rumoured to be ready to pull the plug on the band before they had even recorded their debut, offered Browde and Faster Pussycat $20,000 to record a demo. Browde said that he could record an album for that and the band, now featuring bassist Eric Stacy as a replacement for (future LA Guns member) Kelly Nickels who was suffering from a particularly nasty motorcycle/asphalt interface, got to work.Although working under a tight budget and the band members inexperience in recording, the resulting album-shaped product obtained by Browde would be proof that the highly-rated knob-twiddler knew exactly what he was doing..."Don't Change That Song" opens the record with its immoral riff as an introduction, unveiling a whole new world of gutter-dirty rock 'n' roll, much more dirty and nasty than the typical hair metal fluff around those years. A near-perfect collision of Aerosmith and Hanoi Rocks, as successfully created in Dr. Browde's lewd laboratory, the song would benefit from a music video directed by none other than Russ Meyer himself, the clip showcasing the band members performing in front of the breast-happy auteur's lauded exercise in movie ultraviolence from where they stole their name, while top-heavy females salivated over a jukebox. Typical gaudy, trashy genius from Meyer, it suited the band and song perfectly.Caveman drums, throbbing bass and glitter guitar riffs ushered in "Bathroom Wall", a depraved tale of dating, '80s-style, "No Room For Emotion" adds a bluesy feel, and "Cathouse" sounds hot and bourbon-sodden.Featuring a guitar solo from MSG guitarist Mitch Perry - performed as a payback to Browde after the guitarist had run up a meaty phone bill while staying with the producer - "Babylon" is, arguably, the song most associated with Faster Pussycat when talking about this great debut. Browde claimed that the song was a 'piece of shit' before he messed around with it, but resulted into one of the most celebrated songs ever in the sleazy movement.The rockin' ball continues rolling with "Smash Alley", "Shooting You Down" with its lowdown 'n' dirty chugged riff, and the gang vocals of "City Has No Heart"."Ship Rolls In", the album's penultimate track, opens with a guitar lick that is so much of a love letter to the New York Dolls, and who couldn't love the lyrical genius smeared all over the record's final, and most Aerosmith-like, track "Bottle In Front Of Me"."Faster Pussycat" would peak at number 97 on the Billboard 200 in the States, the band not really hitting the heights (of chart success, at least) until sophomore album 'Wake Me When It's Over' went gold.But this debut is regarded by the fans as the true, dirty 'n sleazy Faster Pussycat, also included in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.As usual with Rock Candy Records, "Faster Pussycat" has been remastered from the master tapes shaped from 24 BIT digital technology.

Line Up:

Ace Von Johnson - Guitar
Chad Stewart - Drums
Xristian Simon - Guitar
Danny Nordahl - Bass
Taime Downe - Vocals

Past members:

Greg Steele : Guitar
Mark Michals : Drums
Brent Muscat : Guitar
Eric Stacy : Bass
Brett Bradshaw : Drums
Michael Thomas : Guitar


01. Don't Change That Song 03:37
02. Bathroom Wall 03:42
03. No Room for Emotion 03:57
04. Cathouse 03:43
05. Babylon 03:17
06. Smash Alley 03:31
07. Shooting You Down 03:48
08. City Has No Heart 04:20
09. Ship Rolls in 03:28
10. Bottle in Front of Me 03:03

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