My Sunday Song – “Way Cool Jr.” by Ratt

For My Sunday Song #252, we are going to go through “Way Cool Jr.” by Ratt. The song is off their 1988 album ‘Reach for the Sky” which was produced by legendary Beau Hill. The song was the first single off the album and didn’t really light the world on fire. It only went to #75 on the Billboard Hot 100 so no Top 40 for this one. The band was on the downslope of their career but it was songs like this that still kept me interested in the band.

The song was written by Stephen Pearcy, William DeMartini and Beau Hill. It seems to be about a handsome fella that was living his best life and thought he was so cool and that all the women loved him. He was slick, charismatic and probably wore sunglasses inside. He wasn’t a good guy though as he was a drug dealer and getting everyone high. The lyrics make you think he is a blues guitarist, but he is serving something else. It shows the glamours side and the seedy side and is full of contradictions. There has even rumors that the song is about Robbin Crosby who was deep in to the throes of heroin by this point.

Now there is also a possibility this song is about Elvis as he came from Memphis and was really cool guy hanging with the blues crowd that is where he got that sound. He is good-looking and the women love him. Either way, it is pretty cool.

Musically, the song is pure blues rock and roll from the gritty slide guitars by Warren DeMartini and Robbin Crosby and Bobby Blotzer playing the harmonica and cleaning things with his washboard. Juan Croucier is laying down a funky rhythm on bass and Steven Pearcy struts around on the vocals laying out his coolness for the world to hear. It is a cheesy, over the top song and for me this wasn’t your typical 80’s glam song, it had a little more style and depth musically.

Give the song a listen and let me know what you think. I hope you like it and thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you all have a wonderfully cool and Happy Sunday!!

“Way Cool Jr.”

Oh
Oh

New kid in town
Got fancy clothes
Old T-Bird car, baby
And you can tell your nose
He said, “Where is all the action in this town?”

Stop working on the women
It’s on real slick
Heard enough about sin, girl
Gonna make it stick
Hey! What makes him so special anyhow?

She said, “So good lookin’, that’s a fact
Steel guitars run across his back”
The girls all know he’s Way Cool Jr.

Check him out on his good side

Heard he came from Memphis
Somewhere down south
Started hangin’ with the blues crowd
That’s how he got that crazy sound
What is all this talkin’ goin’ round?

She said, “So good lookin’, turns me on”
Out all night, keeps me up ’til dawn”
The girls all know he’s Way Cool Jr.

You know you can’t have fire without the flame
Can’t keep the fortune without the pain
That’s how he makes it when he’s on his own

Way Cool Jr.
You don’t live it up or never live it down
Way Cool Jr.
He’s the hottest thing to ever hit this town

Go man go

She said, “So good lookin’ and that’s a fact
Steel guitar scratched off the back”
Everybody knows it’s Way Cool Jr.

You know you can’t have fire without the flame
Can’t keep the fortune without the pain
That’s how he makes it when he’s on his own

Way Cool Jr.
Always comin’ ’round the bend
Way Cool Jr.
He’s gonna live it up or never live it down
Way Cool Jr.

Way Cool Jr.

Written by Stephen Pearcy, William DeMartini and Beau Hill

13 thoughts on “My Sunday Song – “Way Cool Jr.” by Ratt

  1. I must confess that this song may be for me the less “Ratt” song from this album, That’s why It is in the 10 th place of my preference on “Reach for the Sky”, altough it has its moments.

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  2. Great pick Sir. Love that opening riff. So sleazy so 1988 lol.. This one stands out as it doesn’t sound like the other 9 tracks on RFTS as Ratt went outside the box on this one and they delivered.

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