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FASTER PUSSYCAT – Faster Pussycat

Faster Pussycat – Faster Pussycat (1987, Elektra Records)

Tracklisting:
1. “Don’t Change That Song” … 3:40
2. “Bathroom Wall” … 3:40
3. “No Room for Emotion” … 3:56
4. “Cathouse” … 3:42
5. “Babylon” … 3:14
6. “Smash Alley” … 3:28
7. “Shooting You Down” … 3:46
8. “City Has No Heart” … 4:19
9. “Ship Rolls In” … 3:26
10. “Bottle in Front of Me” … 3:02

Band:
Taime Downe – Lead Vocals
Greg Steele – Guitar
Brent Muscat – Guitar
Eric Stacy – Bass
Mark Michals – Drums

Additional Musicians:
Greg Darling – Piano

Produced by: Ric Browde

Although I think Faster Pussycat’s 2nd album is their best, this is still a good debut. I think Faster Pussycat were an underrated band for their time. They were a very good sleaze ‘n’ blues band that I think were unfairly blown off as just another hair band (though Taime Downe’s co-owning of the Cathouse club didn’t help dispel that line of thinking… nor did singing about it).

In Slash’s autobiography, he trashes this band mentioning that they were totally the opposite of what GNR was all about, but I don’t know about that. Sure, they were a little more slick and whole lot less dangerous than the Gunners, but I can hear similar sounds in both bands.

My first exposure to this album was around 1993 or so. I was spending the night at a friend’s house and he had a beat up cassette version of this. I think we were just obsessed with hearing the “pussy-p-p-p-p-pussycat” part on “Babylon”. Years later, I would finally own the CD through a score from Columbia House Music Club.

I really enjoy Taime’s voice as well. It’s a perfect fit for this kind of music.

Highlights: “Don’t Change that Song”, “Bathroom Wall”, “No Room for Emotion”, “Babylon”

www.fasterpussycat.com (TOTALLY different look and sound now, only Taime is still in the band)
www.myspace.com/fasterpussycat

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