Faster Pussycat at Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2nd of October 1987
With a name derived from Russ Meyer's movie “Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!” this band from Los Angeles signed to Electra/WEA Records in December 1986, ten months after its founding. Despite a low budget and limited studio time, their debut album simply called “Faster Pussycat” saw the light of day. The band was touring Europe, as the support act with friends Guns & Roses. This combination tour package reached Amsterdam and this evening later became known as the notorious Paradiso gig of headliner Guns & Roses.
With reporter colleague Petra van Kasteren from the Amsterdam based ROPE magazine, we had an interview with vocalist Taime Downe, who also happened to be co-owner of a place called The Cathouse, which he ran with Riki Rachtman (MTV-VJ) at the time. This venue was a hot spot for lots of well-known and not so known artists/bands in and around LA. You can bet we had a lot to talk about. Taime was a great conversationalist and had a lot of stories to tell about the ins and outs of the LA scene. One funny anecdote about the song “Bathroom Wall”, was when Taime saw his name backstage at a gig, written in some kind of graffiti on a bathroom wall. He was very amused to see this and so decided to write something comedic about it. And so the song was born.
As a birthday gift, one of Taime’s friends (a German club owner), presented him with a bottle of champagne. He kept it for some time, only opening it 2 years later when the band receives its first gold album. Faster Pussycat recorded their most successful album, “Wake Me When It's over”. The album earned "Gold" status from the RIAA…so the bottle was finally consumed with great delight.