Detonator (album)

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Detonator
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 21, 1990
StudioMusic Grinder Studios, Lion Share Studios and Microplant Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre Glam metal [1]
Length42:12
Label Atlantic
Producer Desmond Child, Arthur Payson
Ratt chronology
Reach for the Sky
(1988)
Detonator
(1990)
Ratt & Roll 81–91
(1991)
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
SourceRating
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Rolling Stone (mixed) [3]

Detonator is the fifth studio album by American glam metal band Ratt, released August 21, 1990 by Atlantic Records. This is the last album to feature bassist Juan Croucier until his return in 2012, as well as guitarist Robbin Crosby before his death in 2002.

Contents

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. Songwriter Desmond Child and his personal sound engineer Arthur Payson were hired as producers for the album. The album is notable for featuring Ratt's only power ballad, "Givin' Yourself Away". The band also gravitated towards a more glam metal/pop metal sound on Detonator.

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(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, Child3:14
4."Scratch That Itch"Pearcy, Croucier, Child3:16
5."One Step Away"Pearcy, Bobby Blotzer, DeMartini, Croucier, Child4:50
6."Hard Time"DeMartini, Pearcy, Child3:46
7."Heads I Win, Tails You Lose"DeMartini, Pearcy, Child3:59
8."All or Nothing"DeMartini, Robbin Crosby, Pearcy, Terry Kilgore, Child4:14
9."Can't Wait on Love"Crosby, Croucier, DeMartini, Pearcy, Blotzer, Child4:04
10."Givin' Yourself Away"Pearcy, Child, Diane Warren 5:26
11."Top Secret"Pearcy, DeMartini, Child3:49

Personnel

Ratt

Guest musicians

Production

Charts

Certifications

CountryOrganizationYearSales
USA RIAA 1990Gold (+ 500,000) [7]

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