About Faster Pussycat
Faster Pussycat is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1985 by vocalist Taime Downe, guitarists Brent Muscat and Greg Steele and bassist Kelly Nickels. The group has since gone through numerous line-up changes leaving Downe as the only constant member. They broke up in 1993, but reformed in 2001. Faster Pussycat has released four studio albums to date: Faster Pussycat , Wake Me When It's Over , Whipped! and The Power and the Glory Hole . They were one of the most successful hard rock bands of the late 1980s and early 1990s, having sold over two million records worldwide.
Faster Pussycat was formed in Hollywood by Taime Downe during the glam metal and glam punk boom of the 1980s. The earliest incarnation of the band featured Downe and Greg Steele along with Brent Muscat. The name of the band is derived from the Russ Meyer film Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!.
After multiple early personnel changes, Faster Pussycat consisted of Downe , Steele , Muscat , Kelly Nickels and Mark Michals .
Just before the band recorded their debut album, Nickels got into a motorcycle accident and broke his leg in seven places. He was replaced by Eric Stacy from Champagne Darling Cool. Shortly thereafter, Nickels joined L.A. Guns.
The band signed a record contract with Elektra Records, which released their debut album Faster Pussycat in 1987. The band established a following among heavy metal, glam rock and sleaze rock fans, mainly through two promotional videos from the first album for the songs "Bathroom Wall" and "Don't Change That Song". In November 1987, the band appeared on the cover of Screamer Magazine 's debut issue. In the United States the band toured with Alice Cooper, David Lee Roth and Motörhead in support of the album.
Also in 1987, Faster Pussycat appeared in the rockumentary film The Decline of Western Civilization part 2 - The Metal Years. The band was interviewed and performed live versions of "Cathouse" and "Bathroom Wall".
Two years later, Faster Pussycat recorded their most successful album, Wake Me When It's Over. The album earned "Gold" status from the RIAA. Sales were mainly driven by the hit single "House of Pain". Music videos were produced for "House of Pain" and "Poison Ivy". While the band was touring for the album in 1990, drummer Mark Michals was arrested in Omaha, Nebraska and fired from the band after signing for a package of heroin addressed to himself.Frankie Banali of Quiet Riot filled in as drummer for the remainder of the tour, after which Brett Bradshaw became the long-term drummer. Tours with Kiss and Mötley Crüe followed.
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