Hill was a 34-year-old Californian whose escape from an unhappy childhood – and in particular from an abusive father, the postmaster general of Santa Monica – had involved tinkering with any motor vehicle he could get his hands on. His first car, bought for $40 by an indulgent aunt, was a Model T Ford, and he learned how to strip it down and modify it at a time when a passion for hot rods was catching on among young men in southern California. After dropping out of college, he worked as a mechanic and a car salesman in order to subsidise a fledgling career on the local tracks.
"Tell The World: The Very Best Of Ratt" is a career-spanning compilation album featuring twenty tracks from all seven of Ratt's albums, including their quartet of consecutive platinum LPs from the mid-to-late-'80s: Out of the Cellar, Invasion of Your Privacy, Dancing Undercover and Reach for the Sky, plus their 1990 album Detonator and their self titled 1999 album.
After recording one of their darkest albums, 1983's The Top, the Cure regrouped and shuffled their lineup in 1984 and ended up changing their musical direction rather radically. While the band always had a pop element in their sound and even recorded one of the lightest songs of the '80s, "The Lovecats," The Head on the Door is where they become a hitmaking machine. The shiny, sleek production and laser-sharp melodies of "Inbetween Days" and "Close to Me" helped them become modern rock radio staples and the inspired videos had them in heavy rotation on MTV.
The Enron scandal brought down one of the most admired companies of the 1990s. Countless books and articles were written about it, but only The Smartest Guys in the Room holds up a decade later as the definitive narrative. For this tenth anniversary edition, McLean and Elkind have revisited the fall of Enron and its aftermath, in a new chapter that asks why Enron still matters. They also reveal the fates of the key players in the scandal.