Alleycat Scratch – Deadboys In Trash City

Deadboys In Trash City
Released 1993 (Kick Yer Cat), 2006 (Regeneration)

Track List:
Disc One:
01. Stilletto Strut
02. Take A Bite (Outta Me)
03. Cats Got Your Tongue
04. Soul Survivor
05. Sexual Addiction
06. Love Sick Junkie
07. Cheap City Thrills
08. Roses On My Grave
09. Trash City
10. Plastic Dolls
11. Love Song (*2006 release only*)
12. I Don’t Like Mondays (*2006 release only*)
Disc Two: Bonus DVD:
01. Troubadour 7.17.1993
02. Whisky No BoZo Jam
03. Tour Of The Vista Street Apartment
04. Eddie Lighting Pyrotechnics In The Bedroom

Eddie Robison – lead vocals
Devin Lovelace – guitars
Bobby “Boa” Dias – bass
Robbi Black – drums

Produced by Alleycat Scratch.

Alleycat Scratch fell somewhere in between Motley Crue and Swingin’ Thing when they lived out their dreams on the infamous Sunset Strip. However, they also fell through the cracks – going unnoticed except for the handful of collectors that purchase their independent debut on ebay for outrageous sums.

  So rather then sit on an album that is out of the price range of fans, why not reissue it? That is exactly what Alleycat Scratch has done, and then some. They’ve added a couple bonus tracks and thrown in a live at the Troubadour (and more) DVD to make Deadboys In Trash City a worthwhile buy – and that isn’t even considering the music!

  So how is the music? In one word, great! You may wonder what sets Alleycat Scratch apart from thousands of other poofed-upped puffballs of the hair metal craze, well I’ll tell you – riffs. Like a magician pulling a rabbit from his hat, Alleycat Scratch seems to be able to grab memorable riffs from out of thin air. Plus the band is able to mix the bubblegum of Poison with the sleazier side of early Motley Crue and at times seem to tread similar water as the underrated Cats In Boots.

  Songs like “Stilletto Strut”, “Take A Bite (Outta Me)”, “Cat Got Your Tongue” and “Love Sick Junkie” are so damn catchy (and a bit mean) that I can’t help but hitting repeat on the CD player. Even the ballad “Roses On My Grave” is tolerable and “Sexual Addiction gives Winger‘s “Seventeen” a run for its money. As a bonus the band adds their live rendition of the only Boomtown Rats song anyone gave a damn about and dabbles in punk with the romantic “Love Song”.

  They don’t make music like this anymore, and that’s a shame. Alleycat Scratch shows that even the lesser known hair bands had more to offer then a flashy image. Deadboys In Trash City is a great album, a hell of a lot of fun and should bring back lots of memories for Sunset Strip aficionados. – –

Reviewed by Skid for Sleaze Roxx, August 2006.

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