- Taime Downe – vocals
- Michael Thomas – guitar
- Danny Nordahl – bass
- Xristian Simon – guitar
- Chad Stewart – drums
- Faster Pussycat (1987)
- Wake Me When It’s Over (1989)
- Live and Rare – EP (1990)
- Whipped! (1992)
- Belted, Buckled and Booted – EP (1992)
- Between the Valley of the Ultra Pussy (2001)
- Greatest Hits: Faster Pussycat (2003)
- The Power and the Glory Hole (2006)
- Front Row at the Donkey Show(2009)
Faster Pussycat is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles, California. Faster Pussycat was formed in 1986.The group was most successful during the late 1980s with their albums Faster Pussycat and Wake Me When It’s Over.
Faster Pussycat was formed in Hollywood by Taime Downe in 1986. The earliest lineup of the band featured Downe and Greg Steele along with Brent Muscat.
After several more member changes, Faster Pussycat soon morphed into the band’s most well known line-up. It consisted of Taime Downe singing, Greg Steele playing guitar, Brent Muscat also playing guitar, Kelly Nickels on bass guitar and Brett Bradshaw playing drums.
Before recording their debut album, Nickels left the group and was replaced by Eric Stacy. Stacy was once in the band Champagne. The band released their debut album Faster Pussycat in 1987. The band managed to build a cult following and put out several promotional videos from the first album for songs such as “Cathouse”, “Bathroom Wall” and “Don’t Change That Song”. In the United States the band toured with Alice Cooper, David Lee Roth, and Motörhead in support of the album.
Two years later, Faster Pussycat would record their most successful album Wake Me When It’s Over. The album received gold status. Its sales were largely because by the hit single, “House of Pain”. Music videos were also produced for “House of Pain” and “Poison Ivy”.
While the band was touring for the album in 1990, drummer Mark Michals was arrested in Omaha, Nebraska for trying to mail heroin to his hotel room and was subsequently kicked out of the band. Frankie Banali of Quiet Riot filled in as drummer for the remainder of the tour.
In 1992 Faster Pussycat released their third album called, Whipped! It peaked at #90 on the charts. This album was a more mature recording than their previous albums. It also explored some new musical territory. It was released as as the grunge music explosion was starting and like many other 1980s metal acts they suddenly disappeared.
After Faster Pussycat broke up, the members went their separate ways into various projects.
In December 2006, three former original Faster Pussycat members; Brent Muscat, Eric Stacy and Brett Bradshaw alongside The Underground Rebels vocalist, Kurt Frohlich, began performing under the name Faster Pussycat. It created two versions of the band both claiming to be the original. Brent’s claimed purpose for this was to allow fans to hear Faster Pussycat tracks played in the way they originally recorded, as opposed to the Industrial rock-themed version he said Downe continued to front. Brent also made a legal claim to the name ‘Faster Pussycat’.
Taime has continued on with the name ‘Faster Pussycat.’ This version of the band performed at Rocklahoma in July of 2007.
During their set, Taime Downe went on a tirade to the crowd referencing to Brent Muscat’s cancer. He said he wished that he would die. Those statements received a poor reception from both the crowd and journalists. He then cut their set short and left the stage without playing several of their biggest hits.
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