Detonator (album)

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Studio album by Ratt
Released August 21, 1990
Studio Music Grinder Studios, Lion Share Studios and Microplant Studios, Los Angeles, California
Genre Hard rock,[1] glam metal
Length 42:12
Label Atlantic
Producer Sir Arthur Payson, Desmond Child
Ratt chronology
Reach for the Sky
Ratt & Roll 81–91
Singles from Detonator
  1. "Lovin' You's a Dirty Job"
    Released: 1990
  2. "Shame Shame Shame"
    Released: 1990 (Japan only)
  3. "Givin' Yourself Away"
    Released: 1990 (promo)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone (mixed)[3]

Detonator is the fifth studio album by American glam metal band Ratt, released August 21, 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. The album is notable for featuring Ratt's only ballad, "Givin' Yourself Away". The band also gravitated towards a more glam metal/pop metal sound on Detonator.

This is the last Ratt album to feature guitarist Robbin Crosby and bassist Juan Croucier. Crosby departed the group in 1991 following the Japanese leg of the Detonator Tour, and died in 2002 following a heroin overdose.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
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"   DeMartini, Pearcy, Juan Croucier. Child 3:14
4. "Scratch That Itch"   Croucier, Pearcy, Child 3:16
5. "One Step Away"   Bobby Blotzer, Pearcy, DeMartini, Croucier, Child 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, Robbin Crosby, Terry Kilgore, Child 4:14
9. "Can't Wait on Love"   Crosby, Croucier, DeMartini, Pearcy, Blotzer, Child 4:04
10. "Givin' Yourself Away"   Pearcy, Child, Diane Warren 5:26
11. "Top Secret"   DeMartini, Pearcy, Child 3:49



Guest musicians[edit]

  • Jon Bon Jovi - backing vocals on "Heads I Win, Tails You Lose"
  • Myriam Valle - backing vocals on "All or Nothing"
  • Myriam Valle, Desmond Child - additional backing vocals
  • Michael Schenker - tag on "Shame Shame Shame"
  • Steve Deutsch - sample and synth programming
  • David Garfield - keyboards


  • Sir Arthur Payson - producer, engineer
  • Desmond Child - executive producer
  • Steve Heinke, Lawrence Ethan, Jesse Kanner - assistant engineers
  • Mike Shipley - mixing at The Enterprise, Burbank, California
  • Bob Ludwig - mastering at Masterdisk, New York



Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1990 Gold (+ 500,000)[7]


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  3. ^ Neely, Kim (October 4, 1990). "Album Reviews: Ratt - Detonator". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 2, 2007. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Detonator Billboard Albums". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Ratt - Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 17, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Detonator Billboard Singles". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  7. ^ "RIAA Searchable Database: search for Ratt". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved June 14, 2015.