Weeklies

Artist: "Danger Kitty"
Album: "Love Rocket"
Genre: Comedy
Label: Discover

Reviewer: -RoG-
Posted: 2/27/2008

Review: "The year was 1983 and Danger Kitty released their hit single 'Love Rocket'. With it came instant fame and fortune. They bought mansions, cars and the finest women's clothing. But by 1984 the fans left, the fortune was gone and the dream was over. Desperate for money, Danger Kitty last performed at the Smuckler bar mitzvah."

Does this sound familiar? It should. The Danger Kitty story was part of a brilliant ad campaign by the Discover Card company back in 2001. You can view the classic Danger Kitty commercial here in all of its hilarious glam glory, but there's more to the story than just that one advertisement.

Most people assumed that Danger Kitty wasn't a real band, and rightfully so. The advertisement was clearly mocking the 80's glam rock culture, but Danger Kitty is technically a real band. Any of you who are familiar with the glam parody band "Metal Skool" (formerly "Metal Shop") will instantly recognize them as being the same guys from Danger Kitty.

Granted, Danger Kitty didn't actually release an album way back in 1983, or any full album for that matter. They did, however, manage to release the "Love Rocket" single though, and for a brief time you could actually go to the Danger Kitty web site and order a copy of it for FREE - amazingly without even being added to some Discover Card mailing lists or anything. I still have my copy of the "Love Rocket" single and will always treasure it because they really went all out when you consider that it's just a promotional freebie.

The CD is hot pink (naturally) and features a little bit more info on the band, including the names of each member Michael Diamond, Rikki Ratchet, Ginger Roxx, and Blackhead. Absolutely classic. Also included, on the inside of the booklet, are a bunch of Danger Kitty photos of their live performances, working at a hot dog stand after the band broke up, and even a golden toilet (which one of them presumably had installed in their mansion).

The song itself is just what you'd expect - a perfect mocking of 80's glam. The lyrics say it all:

"I want you,
You want satisfaction
But are you ready for a...
Nuclear reaction!?
I'm your - Love rocket!
Wow!
Love rocket!
To feel the burn, well... you just have to unlock it
I'm your - Love rocket!
"
It's a perfect spoof that belongs right up there with Spinal Tap, but being part of a credit card commercial, it will obviously never achieve that kind of status. But hey, at least Metal Skool continues to thrive on Sunset Boulevard, and one can only hope that they'll bust out their unsung "Love Rocket" tune every now 'n then for the fans.

As an added treat, I've put up the "Love Rocket" song for you guys to download and enjoy. Rock out with your cock out, glam fans.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeHalf
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Mr. everywhere
Feb 28th, 2008, 02:39 PM
danger kitty? sounds weird
Shrub Scientist
Feb 28th, 2008, 05:54 PM
The "Weeklies" heading at the top reminds me of some bizarre hyperactive menstruation disorder.

Danger Kitty looks like the early 90's Pantera.
Forum Virgin
Feb 28th, 2008, 09:10 PM
Holy shit! I can't believe someone else remembered these ads. I used to love that song, it's so awesomely hilariously ridiculous. Their story reminds me of Autograph.
pickled
Feb 28th, 2008, 10:47 PM
You had me scared there for a second, Rog.
after enough bourbon ...
Feb 29th, 2008, 12:36 PM
My brother worked at "The Record Plant" in LA in the early '80's and one of the groups that they provided recording time for looked suspiciously like these guys - I'd swear that some of them were transgendered clones. I'm suffering from early onset Alzheimer's, however, and my bio-hard-drive is crashing on accessing the band's name. I think I may have the album cover somewhere buried in my basement - thankfully.
Pickleman's Uncle
Feb 29th, 2008, 01:22 PM
Haha yes that song rules. Got that Motley Crue / Van Halen sound.
Hair Metal is the best music EVER. What's the point of trying to make fun of music if you make good music to make fun of good music? Ooooh the lyrics are stupid! Welcome to 99% of every song ever written anyways.
after enough bourbon ...
Feb 29th, 2008, 09:22 PM
Actually, the group was Citizen Kane. And it was Rocshire Records. (Someone put an APB out on my brain, please?)

They did look like Danger Kitty's bastard children, though.