"Round and Round" was Ratt's biggest hit, and one of only two Top 40 hits for the group in the US (the other was "Lay It Down," which reached #40 in 1985). The song was written by the group's lead singer Stephen Pearcy and their guitarists Robbin Crosby and Warren DeMartini. It finds Pearcy singing about a woman who broke his heart. The singer believes, however, that things will work out in the end, as what comes around goes around.
A girl mutates from human form to rodent form in the video, which features an unlikely cameo: Milton Berle's nephew was the band's manager (Marshall Berle), and he got Milton to appear in the video (free of charge) dressed as a woman.
In the book MTV Ruled the World - The Early Years of Music Video, Warren DeMartini confides the thrill of doing this video: "Milton Berle was the first icon I think any of us had ever met. It was a really cool thing. He was really the first guy to ever have a variety show on TV, and he was a cool person to listen to, because he made his career the same way that he knew that we were going to, which is to get on the road. Because prior to TV, it was just Vaudeville. He was telling us stories and talking about those days, when him and other comedians of the period would get on a train, travel all night, you know, middle America. Raining, cold, get into a hotel, get up in the morning, set it all up, do the show, and then move on. What he described was great, but it was tough."
The vixen in the video is Lisa Dean, who a few years later played the title-girl in Michael Jackson's Dirty Diana
Out Of The Cellar was Ratt's first full-length album, and it sold over 3 million copies. They are best-known for this song, but they developed an ardent fan base and racked up impressive sales: their next three albums each sold over a million copies. The group took some time off in the '90s, but has recorded and performed sporadically since. In 2002, their original guitarist Robbin Crosby, while diagnosed HIV positive, died of a heroin overdose - not AIDS as was sometimes reported. He also had significant health issues stemming from pancreatic failure which caused rapid weight gain.
The song soundtracks Geico Insurance's 2020 Ratt problem commercial
, which shows a married couple praising their new home. However, they do have a small Ratt issue…
This was used on Stranger Things in the season 2 episode "The Spy." Billy plays the tune on full blast while he's working out.