Sunday, April 3, 2022

The Rattlers - Singles Plus Bonus

a re-post, by request, new rips, same  scans. Originally posted 1-17-2011, Enjoy!

   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, their best songs. 

Ratso Records 1979

1. On The Beach
2. Livin' Alone

Faulty Products 1982

3. What Keeps Your Heart Beatin'?
4. Let's Move

PVC/Gem Records 1985

5. I won't be your victim