Detonator (album)

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Studio album by Ratt
Released August 21, 1990
Genre Heavy metal, hard rock, glam metal
Length 42:12
Label Atlantic
Producer Desmond Child, Sir Arthur Payson
Ratt chronology
Reach for the Sky
Singles from Detonator
  1. "Lovin' You's a Dirty Job"
    Released: 1990
  2. "Shame Shame Shame"
    Released: 1990
  3. "Givin' Yourself Away"
    Released: 1990

Detonator is Ratt's fifth studio album, released in August 1990.

Though their previous album, Reach for the Sky, went platinum, it met with some criticism regarding the quality of their songs. In an attempt to regain the popularity that Ratt had in the mid-1980s, the band parted ways with long-time producer Beau Hill. Hitmaker Desmond Child and his personal sound engineer Sir Arthur Payson were hired to helm the project.

This is the last album to feature guitarist Robbin "The King" Crosby before his departure in 1991 and his death in 2002, after the Japanese leg of the Detonator Tour.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars link
Rolling Stone (mixed) link

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Intro to Shame" (Warren DeMartini) – 0:55
  2. "Shame Shame Shame" ( DeMartini, Stephen Pearcy, Desmond Child) – 4:32
  3. "Lovin' You's a Dirty Job" (Child, DeMartini, Pearcy, Juan Croucier,) – 3:14
  4. "Scratch That Itch" (Croucier, Pearcy, Child) – 3:16
  5. "One Step Away" (Blotzer, Child, Pearcy, DeMartini, Croucier) – 4:50
  6. "Hard Time" (DeMartini, Pearcy, Child) – 3:46
  7. "Heads I Win, Tails You Lose" (DeMartini, Pearcy, Child) – 3:59
  8. "All or Nothing" (DeMartini, Pearcy, Robin Crosby, Terry Kilgore, Child) - 4:14
  9. "Can't Wait on Love" (Crosby, Pearcy, DeMartini, Croucier, Blotzer, Child) – 4:04
  10. "Givin' Yourself Away" (Pearcy, Diane Warren, Child) – 5:26
  11. "Top Secret" (Pearcy, DeMartini) – 3:49



  • Jon Bon Jovi: Backing Vocals on "Heads I Win, Tails You Lose"

Chart positions[edit]

Billboard Music Charts (America) - album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1990 Billboard 200 23

Billboard (America) - singles[edit]

Single Year Chart Position
"Lovin You's a Dirty Job" 1990 Mainstream Rock Tracks 18
"Givin' Yourself Away" 1990 Mainstream Rock Tracks 39


Country Certification Date Sales certified
U.S. Gold December 11, 1990 500,000+


  • Desmond Child: Co-wrote "Shame Shame Shame", "Lovin' You's a Dirty Job", "One Step Away", "Heads I Win, Tails You Lose", and "Givin' Yourself Away".

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