You are probably wondering what is a Biker Mice From Mars. I know I was when I heard of this album with Jeff Scott Soto on vocals. What I came to find out was that Biker Mice From Mars was a cartoon that actually ran in the U.S. from 1993-1996 and ran for 3 seasons with 65 episodes. I am not sure what planet I was on, but apparently it wasn’t this one as I have never, ever heard of this one before.
And to my surprise the cast voicing these characters were huge stars in the 90’s. Most importantly the cast of Beverly Hills 90210 voiced a ton as it Ian Ziering, Brian Austin Greene, Jason Priestly, Luke Perry, Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth all voiced a character. I wonder why Shannon Doherty didn’t voice one. Now if those weren’t the stars you would know. It also had Mark Hamill, Brad Garrett, Peter Strause, CCH Pounder, Malcolm McDowell, Leah Remini, Rob Paulsen and Jess Harnell of the Animaniacs and the band Rock Sugar.
What is the premise of the show? Let me let Wikipedia sum it up for you…“The show follows three anthropomorphic mice motorcyclists named Throttle, Modo, and Vinnie who escape a war on their home planet Mars before arriving to defend the Earth from the evil that destroyed their homeland (the Plutarkians) and to one day return to Mars.” There is a lot more to it than that, but that is all we need to know as we are here about the soundtrack and not the actual show.
After the album ‘Ratt (1999), the band had a very troubled time. Stephen Pearcy left the band (again) and started his own band that eventually tried to use the Ratt name, but the other members sued and won. The remaining Ratt members continued on as a band…or at least made several attempts with many line-up changes.
In 2000, the current Ratt was Warren DeMartini, Bobby Blotzer, Robbie Crane, John Corabi (Motley Crue) and Robert Mason. Robert was brought on as lead singer, but left shortly after when the band couldn’t get a major label deal. That brought on Jizzy Pearl at lead vocals. This would remain the band until at least 2006.
In 2002, the band and fans were delivered some bad news. Original guitarist, Robbin Crosby, passed away from a Heroin overdose. He had long battled with addiction and it finally grabbed hold for good. Robbin has also been battling HIV, but the drugs got to him first. Any hopes of the original band getting back together were quickly dashed.
In 2006, Jizzy would leave and Stephen Pearcy rejoined the band. Then 2 years later, John Corabi would leave and he was replaced by Carlos Carvazo from Quiet Riot. The line-up was now complete for the next album…whew, that was exhausting. Wait, where is Juan Croucier? He was out doing his own thing. He comes back to the band, but not for many years.
Finally, in April 2010, Ratt released their seventh studio album called ‘Infestation’. It had been over 10 years since the last album and with all the line-up changes and the fact the last album was so bad, my expectations for this release were pretty low.