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Faster Pussycat
« on: November 25, 2015, 02:26:23 PM »
Faster Pussycat (name derived from the cult movie Faster, Pussycat! kill! kill!) was a LA glam and sleaze rock scene band started in 1985 by Taime Downe (vocals)along with Brent Muscat (guitars) and Greg Steele (guitars) Kelly Nichols (bass) and Mark Michals (drums). Just before the release of their debut album Nichols left to join LA Guns and was replaced by Eric Stacy.

Faster Pussycat got a record deal in 1987 and became another in that crowded field of LA area/sunset strip club bands that had cashed in on that metal scene's dominance of the 80's. But having not released their debut until 1987 would mean they would have a short life span of opportunity as the grunge movement was right around the corner. The first album Faster Pussycat (1987) went gold on the strength of Bathroom Wall and Don't Change That Song and their appearance in The Decline Of Western Civilization: Part Two The Metal Years. After touring for two years and building up a decent following they released Wake Me When It's Over in 1989 featuring the hit House Of Pain and it also was a gold certified album. In 1990 Brett Bradshaw was the bands new drummer. In 1990 they recorded a version of Carly Simon's You're So Vain for the Electra Records 40th Anniversary. In 1992 they released the EP Belted, Buckled and Booted which contained the single Non Stop To Nowhere, You're So Vain, Too Tight and Charge Me Up. followed by the Whipped album (92) The grunge takeover was decimating the LA metal scene by this time, despite it the album peaked at #92 and sold 80,000 copies but following that tour the band broke up.

Downe switched over to industrial rock with Pigface and The Newlydeads (most of which would become the current version of Faster Pussycat) until Faster Pussycat reunited in 2001 featuring Downe, Muscat and Steele along with Newlydeads members Xristian Simon (guitar), Danny Nordahl (bass) and Chad Stewart (drums) The remix compilation Between The Valley Of The Ultra Pussy was released in 2001 which saw Downe remix the bands earlier songs to industrial rock, which caused problems in the band and resulted in Steele leaving the group midway through the reunion headline tour, of which Tracii Guns filled in. After that tour there was sporadic touring (which included Muscat up until 2005) until 2006's confusion and two different versions of the band Downe's version with the Newlydeads guys and Brent Muscat fronting a band, both calling themselves Faster Pussycat. Downe's version released the album The Power And The Glory Hole in 2006 which contained Number One With a Bullet, Sex Drugs And Rock And Roll, These Boots Were Made For Walking (remake) and Porn Star a damn good album that went virtually unnoticed but all those songs feature prominently in the live shows to this day.

Following the power And The Glory Hole album in 2006 Faster Pussycat has toured and released the live album Front Row For The Donkey Show (2009) with the lineup of:
Taime Downe: Vocals
Xristian Simon: Guitars
Danny Nordahl: Bass   
Chad Stewart: Drums
Ace Von Johnson: Guitar

Still a great band if you can catch them live.

Non stop to nowhere (video)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vj6osdFTxCg
House of Pain (video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1ntsBXdK88
You're so vain (video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41zKVmk4z8Q
Don't change that song (video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miL0b9qaWBE
Slip of the tongue (album version) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T28PTWGmdYw
House of pain (live M3 festival Md) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqdkJw1s1J4
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Re: Faster Pussycat
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2016, 11:54:09 PM »
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Re: Faster Pussycat
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2016, 10:34:48 PM »
I remember seeing Faster Pussycat on their first tour in August 1987. They were okay, however, they owed a huge debt to the New York Dolls. They opened for Y&T and Frehley's Comet. Truth be told, Frehley stole the show although Y&T were awesome as well.

Oh, one other thing. About two weeks prior to the show Faster Pussycat were announced as the replacement for the band who were originally scheduled to open...another unknown band called Guns N' Roses ( :o). They took an offer to tour with The Cult instead that same month. Go figure.

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Re: Faster Pussycat
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2016, 10:56:26 PM »
I caught them this past Sunday night at Harrah's Philadelphia Casino. Headline show with a few cool local opening bands that were decent. Was in the Block Entertainment Center, which is a wide open room with a decent stage and a few bars set up on the side. Has some couch and soft chairs set up on the opposite side from the bar like little living rooms, and a line of seats along the back wall. Not a bad little spot.

I had a blast, Taime and the band sounded awesome. Played every song I wanted to hear except maybe "Porn Star" and the cover of "These boots were made for walkin"
They played about an hour and fifteen minutes maybe. Tickets we're dirt cheap, so I picked up a bandana and tee shirt and spent $20 at the bar. All that and the ticket for $70 and free parking. Great show. I was right up center stage front with only one person in front of me, and literally four feet from his face when he sat at stage edge and sang House of Pain, great time. Crowd was small but they were loud and into it big time.

Set list was (not in order, and from memory)
Nonstop To No Where
You're So Vain (Carly Simon cover)
Don't Change That Song
Bathroom Wall
Cathouse
Number 1 With A Bullet
The Power And The Glory Hole
Sex, Drugs & Rock N Roll
House Of Pain
Slip Of The Tongue
Where There's A Whip There's A Way
Sin City (AC/DC Cover)
She's Pretty Fucked Up (Supersuckers cover) 
And possibly one or two more I wasn't familiar with.

I agree that whole sleaze rock crowd in the 80's... Faster Pussycat, Enuff's Enuff, Pretty Boy Floyd, LA Gun's, even Gun's N Roses and Poison at the outset was owed a lot to everything from the NY Dolls to Sweet and many other of the early glam bands.

I dig that Supersuckers song they do. Here is the Supersuckers version
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voCl-d5ZqGM&list=RDvoCl-d5ZqGM

Here is Faster Pussycat doing it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxP3PINWF38
   
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Re: Faster Pussycat
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2017, 06:41:42 PM »
Faster Pussycat on Eddie Trunk "Trunk Nation" April, 2017
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZHLmq3qEnE

Hair Nation Festival 2016
House of Pain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5cZA7MphsM
Bathroom Wall: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKYzhbhGdOY

LA Guns and Faster Pussycat members covering Purple Rain (Prince tribute) NY April, 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-xOQFXFii8
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Re: Faster Pussycat
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2019, 01:42:43 AM »
WOW, apparently Taime Downe quit smoking. (I need to do the same lol)

House of Pain: Clearfield Count Fair, PA 8/4/18
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzGMTGqXD4A

Friends live at 37 Main, Buford, GA 7/10/19
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dZgJr_Z88I

You're So Vain live Ohio 7/13/19
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00fuKb3_Ea4

Slip of the Tongue live in Australia 2/15/19
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wmx4YSJI1eg

Apparently Ace Von Johnson has left the band and has been replaced by Sam "Bam" Koltun according to their website.
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Re: Faster Pussycat
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2019, 12:37:49 AM »
According to Ace Von Johnson's Facebook page. He has not left Faster Pussycat  8) Sam "bam" Kolton is just filling on for second half of 2019 tour dates, due to Ace having too much on his plate but he will return to the band. I also learned that he is also currently playing with the Phil Lewis and Traci Guns version of LA Guns, who are touring now also, which was one of the conflicts with the Faster Pussycat tour. That sounds like a good guitar tandem there Traci Guns and Ace.   
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Re: Faster Pussycat
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2019, 01:49:09 PM »
I really liked Faster Pussycat back in the day. Their first album has at least three good songs on it that I really like and Wake Me When It's Over is impressively solid front to back. Because WMWIO was so good, I was pretty let down with Whipped, but there's still a good 3-5 songs on there that I like, "Body Thief" being the big one.

I also finally found out that in the chorus for "Where There's a Whip There's a Way" Taime Downe sings "I'm gonna tighten up the slack in your chains." I don't ever remember knowing what those words were. Thank you, Internet.
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