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Detonator is the fifth studio album by American glam metal band Ratt, released August 21, 1990 by Atlantic Records. The last album to feature guitarist Robbin Crosby and the last to feature bassist Juan Croucier until his return in 2012.

Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 21, 1990
StudioMusic Grinder Studios, Lion Share Studios and Microplant Studios, Los Angeles, California
GenreHard rock,[1] glam metal
ProducerDesmond Child, Arthur Payson
Ratt chronology
Reach for the Sky
Ratt & Roll 81–91
Singles from Detonator
  1. "Lovin' You's a Dirty Job"
    Released: 1990
  2. "Shame Shame Shame"
    Released: 1990 (Japan only)
  3. "Givin' Yourself Away"
    Released: 1990 (promo)
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone(mixed)[3]

Though their previous album Reach for the Sky went platinum, it met with some criticism regarding the quality of their songs. In an attempt to regain the popularity that Ratt had in the mid-1980s, the band parted ways with long-time producer Beau Hill. Songwriter Desmond Child and his personal sound engineer Arthur Payson were hired as producers for the album. The album is notable for featuring Ratt's only power ballad, "Givin' Yourself Away". The band also gravitated towards a more glam metal/pop metal sound on Detonator.


Track listingEdit

1."Intro to Shame"Warren DeMartini0:55
2."Shame Shame Shame"DeMartini, Stephen Pearcy, Desmond Child4:32
3."Lovin' You's a Dirty Job"DeMartini, Pearcy, Juan Croucier, Child3:14
4."Scratch That Itch"Pearcy, Croucier, Child3:16
5."One Step Away"Pearcy, Bobby Blotzer, DeMartini, Croucier, Child4:50
6."Hard Time"DeMartini, Pearcy, Child3:46
7."Heads I Win, Tails You Lose"DeMartini, Pearcy, Child3:59
8."All or Nothing"DeMartini, Robbin Crosby, Pearcy, Terry Kilgore, Child4:14
9."Can't Wait on Love"Crosby, Croucier, DeMartini, Pearcy, Blotzer, Child4:04
10."Givin' Yourself Away"Pearcy, Child, Diane Warren5:26
11."Top Secret"Pearcy, DeMartini, Child3:49



Guest musiciansEdit

  • Jon Bon Jovi - backing vocals on "Heads I Win, Tails You Lose"
  • Myriam Valle - backing vocals on "All or Nothing"
  • Myriam Valle, Desmond Child - additional backing vocals
  • Michael Schenker - tag on "Shame Shame Shame"
  • Steve Deutsch - sample and synth programming
  • David Garfield - keyboards


  • Sir Arthur Payson - producer, engineer
  • Desmond Child - executive producer
  • Steve Heinke, Lawrence Ethan, Jesse Kanner - assistant engineers
  • Mike Shipley - mixing at The Enterprise, Burbank, California
  • Bob Ludwig - mastering at Masterdisk, New York



Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1990 Gold (+ 500,000)[7]


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  2. ^ Hinds, Andy. "Ratt - Detonator review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved June 20, 2015.
  3. ^ Neely, Kim (October 4, 1990). "Album Reviews: Ratt - Detonator". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 2, 2007. Retrieved June 20, 2015.
  4. ^ "Detonator Billboard Albums". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved June 20, 2015.
  5. ^ "Ratt - Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Detonator Billboard Singles". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved June 20, 2015.
  7. ^ "RIAA Searchable Database: search for Ratt". Recording Industry Association of America. Archived from the original on June 26, 2007. Retrieved June 14, 2015.