Faster Pussycat

As a fan of all things metal, including the hair variety, one of our favorite flicks is obviously Penelope Spheeris's 1988 doc The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years. The film takes a not-so-serious look at the late-'80s L.A. metal scene, where bands like Poison, W.A.S.P and Megadeth held sway. Spheeris also included some of the less popular bands of the day like London, whose revolving line-up doors fed into Mötley Crüe and Guns N' Roses; the mighty and juvenile Odin; and Faster Pussycat. Easily the most swaggery and Stonesiest of the bunch, Pussycat had cocksure flash, hooks and dark good looks. Looking back on 1988's self-titled LP, it's hard to understand why the band didn't get their just due. Raunchy hits like "Bathroom Wall" and "Cathouse" were surely just as catchy as Mötley's "Dr. Feelgood" or Poison's "Fallen Angel," but somehow the band never cracked worldwide. Pussycat released only two more albums before shuttering the first time in 1993. As the 21st century dawned and older fans wanted to turn back time, the band reunited, albeit with only three original members. Today, the only real Pussycatter left is lead singer Taime Downe.
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Craig Hlavaty
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