Out of the Cellar

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Out of the Cellar
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 27, 1984
StudioVillage Recorder and Sound City Studios, Los Angeles, California
ProducerBeau Hill
Ratt chronology
Out of the Cellar
Invasion of Your Privacy
Singles from Out of the Cellar
  1. "Round and Round" / "The Morning After"
    Released: 1984
  2. "Wanted Man" / "She Wants Money"
    Released: 1984
  3. "Lack of Communication" / "Scene of the Crime"
    Released: 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Martin Popoff9/10 stars[2]

Out of the Cellar is the debut studio album by the American heavy metal band Ratt. Released in 1984, it was an immediate success, with wide airplay on radio and heavy rotation on MTV of its singles, especially the decade-defining "Round and Round". The album is certified as triple platinum by the RIAA.[4] The album brought Ratt to the top of the glam metal scene in Los Angeles. Ratt's later work would never surpass the success of Out of the Cellar.[1][5][6]

According to interviews with Beau Hill that were shot for the film Hair I Go Again, Tom Allom was originally slated to produce the record, before the novice Hill was brought in.


Produced by Beau Hill, Out of the Cellar features Ratt's best-known hit, "Round and Round". It also contains other popular songs such as "Wanted Man", "Lack of Communication" and a re-recorded version of "Back for More". The latter song originally appeared on the EP Ratt. "In Your Direction" was a song that Pearcy wrote when the band was still called Mickey Ratt; "I'm Insane" and "Scene of the Crime" were songs Crosby had co-written and performed with his pre-Ratt band, Mac Meda, featuring future Riverdogs vocalist Rob Lamothe. In 2008, "Round and Round" and "I'm Insane" were featured in The Wrestler.

"Wanted Man" was co-written by bassist Joey Cristofanilli, who had briefly substituted for Juan Croucier.

Cover art[edit]

The model on the album cover is Tawny Kitaen, better known for her appearances in Whitesnake music videos, and the same year's teen-aimed film Bachelor Party. As she was the long-time girlfriend to guitarist Robbin Crosby at that time, Kitaen also appeared in the "Back for More" music video.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Wanted Man"Robbin Crosby, Stephen Pearcy, Joey Cristofanilli3:37
2."You're in Trouble"Warren DeMartini, Crosby, Pearcy3:16
3."Round and Round"DeMartini, Crosby, Pearcy4:22
4."In Your Direction"Pearcy3:30
5."She Wants Money"Juan Croucier3:04
Side two
6."Lack of Communication"Pearcy, Croucier3:52
7."Back for More"Crosby, Pearcy3:42
8."The Morning After"DeMartini, Crosby, Pearcy3:30
9."I'm Insane"Crosby2:54
10."Scene of the Crime"Crosby, Croucier4:54




  • Beau Hill - producer, engineer
  • Jim Faraci - engineer
  • Dave Clark, Clif Smith, Robin Laine, Ray Leonard - assistant engineers
  • Dennis King - mastering



Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1985 3x Platinum (+ 3,000,000)[4]
Canada CRIA 1984 Gold (+ 50,000)[11]


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  2. ^ a b Popoff, Martin (November 1, 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5.
  3. ^ "50 Greatest Hair Metal Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. October 13, 2015. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "RIAA Searchable Database: search for Ratt". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved June 14, 2015.
  5. ^ Phillips, William; Cogan, Brian (2009). Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal Music. ABC-CLIO. p. 197. ISBN 9780313348013.
  6. ^ Konow, David (2009). Bang Your Head: The Rise and Fall of Heavy Metal. Crown/Archetype. p. 181. ISBN 9780307565600. ...a pop metal classic.
  7. ^ "Out of the Cellar Billboard Albums". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved June 15, 2015.
  8. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 41, No. 7, October 20 1984". Library and Archives Canada. October 20, 1984. Archived from the original on February 17, 2015. Retrieved June 15, 2015.
  9. ^ a b c "Out of the Cellar Billboard Singles". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved June 15, 2015.
  10. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 41, No. 1, September 08 1984". Library and Archives Canada. September 8, 1984. Retrieved June 15, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Gold Platinum Search for Out of the Cellar". Music Canada. Retrieved June 15, 2015.