Wednesday, April 18, 2018

"Lay It Down" by Ratt

Song#:  2377
Date:  07/06/1985
Debut:  86
Peak:  40
Weeks:  11
Genre:  Hard Rock

Pop Bits:  Ratt's debut LP Out of the Cellar was one of the biggest glam/hair metal albums of the 80s thanks to its #12 Pop/#4 Rock hit "Round and Round." They followed up that triple-platinum album with their next effort Invasion of Your Privacy. This first single kicked things off and it ended up doing well. It got to #11 at Rock while just making the Pop Top 40. The results were good enough to help push the album to #7. It would eventually sell over 2 million copies.

ReduxReview:  "Round and Round" was a winner because of its hooky pop leanings. It was just irresistible hard rock ear candy. The band tries to go for it again with this track and they end up making another solid radio-friendly hit. It may not grab you as intensely as "Round," but it's a well-written and produced slab of chewy rock coated in a thin crunchy layer of pop. It really should have done better on the chart, but it did well enough to show that Ratt had the ability to follow-up their signature hit.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  In the video for this song, there is a little boy that is having a birthday party who makes a wish to be in a rock band and to get the girl. The boy was played by actor Whit Hertford. After his appearance in the video, Hertford would go on to make appearances in many TV shows and films including Jurassic Park, Glee, How I Met Your Mother, and Raising Hope. In the past few years, Hertford has turned his attention to directing plays, mainly with various London theater companies. Hertford is one of those actors where you may not know the name, but you know his face.


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