Faster Pussycat w/Rock and Roll Over
781 W Debbie Ln, Mansfield, TX 76063, USA
Singer Taime Downe formed Faster Pussycat in 1985, taking its name from the cult
classic Russ Meyer film Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! In 1987 they released their self-titled
debut album which went gold. The album was loaded with sexual
innuendo and bravado and struck a nerve in the glam rock community, though
they were always a little more down and dirty than glam. During that time they
were interviewed and played two songs (Cathouse and Bathroom Wall) in the
documentary film “The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years.
The documentary captured the general vibe of the Sunset Strip bands during that
time period, with Faster Pussycat being featured front and center.
In 1989 they released the album “Wake me when it’s over”, which spawned the
massive top 25 hit single “House of Pain” propelling them beyond the sunset strip
to worldwide acclaim. They received substantial airtime on MTV for the video
and toured with some of the biggest bands in history: Guns n Roses, Motorhead,
Motley Crue, Kiss, Alice Cooper and many more. They were able to reach fans all
across the world and the sunset strip seemed endless as fans clamored for a taste
of the famed Faster Pussycat sleaze. The album went gold and to this day many
hail “House of Pain” as one of the greatest power ballads of all time. The band’s
line-up during this time was Taime Downe (vocals), Greg Steele (guitar), Brent
Muscat (guitar), Kelly Nickels (bass) and Mark Michaels (drums).
n 2010 guitarist Ace Von Johnson joined Faster Pussycat cementing the current
line-up. The interjection of fresh blood into the band was immediately noticeable
as his youthful high energy and virtuoso performance rejuvenated the band and
their live performances. It was like 1987 again.
Faster Pussycat is currently working on a new EP and doing what they’ve always
done, touring heavily, rocking the hell out of every venue they play.