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FASTER PUSSYCAT – Whipped!

Faster Pussycat – Whipped! (2005, Wounded Bird Records)
Original Release: 1992, Elektra Records

1. “Nonstop to Nowhere” … 6:57
2. “The Body Thief” … 4:56
3. “Jack the Bastard” … 4:07
4. “Big Dictionary” … 2:56
5. “Madam Ruby’s Love Boutique” … 3:42
6. “Only Way Out” … 3:53
7. “Maid in Wonderland” … 5:05
8. “Friends” … 4:47
9. “Cat Bash” … 1:42
10. “Loose Booty” … 3:29
11. “Mr. Lovedog” … 6:30
12. “Out With a Bang” … 4:39

Band:
Taime Downe – Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals
Brent Muscat – Guitar, Sitar, Backing Vocals
Greg Steele – Guitar, Keyboards, Mandolin, Backing Vocals, Co-Lead Vocals (“Loose Booty”)
Eric Stacey – Bass, Backing Vocals
Brett Bradshaw – Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals

Producer: John Jansen

This is a pretty good release and I was pleasantly surprised when I first listened to it a few years ago. By 1992, grunge and alternative was taking over and it had been three years since the last Faster Pussycat album (the excellent Wake Me When It’s Over). I guess Taime figured it was time for the band to evolve past being strictly a glam act as Whipped! features a bit of a harder darker edge spliced with a more alternative/trippy/funky flare.

The band even has time to ape Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Beastie Boys simultaneously with “Loose Booty” and in a sign of things to come from Taime years later — there’s “Cat Bash”, a short industrial rock piece. Faster Pussycat didn’t totally abandon glam though, all you have to do is listen to “Big Dictionary” and pay attention to the lyrics to understand that there’s still some sleazy to this band (“she just loves me for my big dic-tionary”). That’s actually one of my favorite FP songs even though it’s not a typical-sounding song from them. The ballad “Friends” is pretty good too, seems like a natural successor to “House of Pain”.

I still prefer Wake Me When It’s Over, but just like the band’s debut, this is still an enjoyable album. Faster Pussycat did a good job of combining glam with alternative. Of course, the public didn’t want to listen to Faster Pussycat in 1992, so this album went unnoticed and Faster Pussycat took a break for a number of years. It’s too bad when Taime reformed the band it was as an industrial metal act because I would’ve even been satisfied with a continuation of this kind of alternative-glam.

Highlights: “Nonstop to Nowhere”, “Jack the Bastard”, “Big Dictionary”, “Loose Booty”, “Friends”, “Mr. Lovedog”

www.fasterpussycat.com
www.myspace.com/fasterpussycat

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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