House Of Pain – Faster Pussycat | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#28) & Mainstream Rock (#23); 1990

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

For a band from Hollywood what could be better than a name taken from the tawdry Russ Meyer cult flick, Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!? Formed by vocalist Taime Downe, one-time co-owner of L.A.’s Cathouse club, Pussycat landed a label deal with Elektra Records in late 1986. With Poison producer Ric Browde calling the shots and guitarists Brent Muscat and Greg Steele, bassist Kelly Nichols, and drummer Mark Michals in the studio, Faster Pussycat recorded its first album on the cheap in 1987. Its release earned the band an opening spot for five dates on a Guns N’ Roses UK tour, followed by Stateside gigs with Alice Cooper, David Lee Roth, and Motörhead. FP’s sophomore effort appeared in 1989. Produced by John Jansen, who’d worked with everyone from Meat Loaf to Lou Reed, Wake Me When It’s Over traded in glam for a more mature sound, as evidenced by Downe and Steele’s child’s eye view of divorce on House Of Pain.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2024 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • John Jansen

Lyrics Written by:

  • Taime Downe
  • Greg Steele