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Ratcat came together in Sydney (Australia) in 1984 from the ashes of a garage band called Danger Mouse.

Their eponymous debut mini-LP was released in 1987 by the independent Waterfront label, drawing comparisons with Buzzcocks and the Jesus and Mary Chain.

The singles I Think I Love You (August 1988) and Baby’s Got A Gun (December 1988) followed before the band issued its debut album, This Nightmare, in July 1989.


Ratcat then signed a lucrative deal with the local rooArt label, releasing the 12″ EP Tingles, which contained the radio favourite That Ain’t Bad, which shot the EP to #1 on the Australian charts.

The single Don’t Go Now repeated the feat in April 1991, as did the album Blind Love in July of the same year.

The band headed overseas for a world tour, taking in dates across the UK, Europe and the USA (where they supported bands like Teenage Fanclub, Violent Femmes and The Wonder Stuff).

Marc Scully replaced Amr Zaid on bass in 1992 but the singles Candyman, Holiday and The World (In A Wrapper) – and the album InsideOut – were unable to repeat the spectacular success of their earlier releases and Ratcat slipped from view.

Simon Day
Vocals, guitar
Amr Zaid
Andrew Polin
John McAteer
Marc Scully