Monday, January 17, 2011

The Rattlers (Singles Plus Bonus)

I'm sure most of you are familiar with The Rattlers. The On The Beach Single is a classic, and Definitely a favorite of mine. I never got to see the Rattlers live, but I've been told in their early days as a three piece they did these songs much harder, and faster than the recorded versions. They played a show with 999 around 1980, at a place called The Castle Inn, which was a club in my home town of Phillipsburg NJ. The club has since been renovated, and now serves as The Unemployment office. Anyway, I'm sure you all know the leader of the Rattlers was Mickey Leigh, Joey Ramones younger brother. I think it must have been difficult, being in the shadow of The Ramones, but The Rattlers managed to carve out a nice niche for themselves, and were a great band in their own right. The Rattlers formed in NYC, around 1979. Before parting ways in 1988, they left us with Two Singles, and an LP titled Rattled. I included both of their singles in this post as well as I won't be your victim, from the LP. In my opinion, that's their best songs. Mickey has a MYSPACE page, with more information before, and after The Rattlers.
Ratso Records 1979
1. On The Beach
2. Livin' Alone

Faulty Products 1982
1. What Keeps Your Heart Beatin'?
2. Let's Move
PVC/Gem Records 1985
1. I won't be your victim


Longy said...

Cheers for these Frank. I won't lie,I've never heard of them mate.

Frank Miller said...

Hi Longy, thanks for the comment,it's impossible to no everything, I'm learning all the time myself, that's what makes it fun!!! Cheers

Anonymous said...

I just finished reading Mickey Leigh's book, I Slept With Joey Ramone and I had to look up some of Mickey's work. These are great songs and its really unfortunate that circumstances wouldn't allow this work to be revealed to a larger audience.

GREAT post! Thanks alot.

- Billy Christ -

Frank Miller said...

Thanks Billy, I'm sure thats probably a cool book. I'll have to check it out one day.

davespics said...

Hey I heard "I Won't Be Your Victim" on the radio the other day (Underground Garage - Sirius) and quickly bought the album on iTunes...great stuff. There is very little about the Rattlers on the web and your post is one of the better ones I found. Thanks!

A NEW Rattlers fan

Frank Miller said...

Thanks Dave,I listen to Under Garage too. They throw in some cool surprises now, and then. Depends on the DJ.Glad you like the post.