In Australia, you could say that this song was Ratt’s breakthrough and peak.
It was also the start of the new bands taking over from the Seventies acts. You had Judas Priest, Def Leppard and Iron Maiden leading the British invasion. Quiet Riot and Motley Crue started the LA invasion, and a new breed like RATT cemented it. Suddenly all of the NWOBHM acts, needed to get glammier to stay in touch and they needed to have band members do backing vocals.
Ratt was a music video band for me at the start. “Round and Round” was played on the TV music shows all the time and I always had a blank VHS tape ready, with my finger on the record button.
What a riff to get things going?
It’s big, hooky and melodic. It’s also a riff which is good enough to please the metal and rock audiences.
And those verse lyrics about meeting on the streets resonated instantly, because it summed up how life and society operated in those days.
Now we are or will be in lockdown because of COVID-19. There will be no meeting on the streets.
Those hand shakes and hand greets we always did, will be no more, once we are through the pandemic.
I re-watched the Contagion movie last night and it’s pretty eerie how similar it is to what we are experiencing. One of the CDC scientists Cheevers (played by Laurence Fishbourne) talks about handshakes. He goes that handshakes came about by people offering their right hand out to show that they weren’t carrying a weapon.
It was a symbol of peace and today it’s laced with transmission.
Anyway I digress.
Out on the streets that’s where we meet was the catch-cry and we did meet. We abused ourselves and crossed lines and did it again the next day and the next week.
And somewhere along the way we found a partner who wanted the same things. And round and round we went.
Finally, how good is that harmony lead break?