Rose Tattoo Songs Ranked

Rose Tattoo is an Australian rock and roll band, now led by Angry Anderson, which formed in Sydney in 1976. Their sound is hard rock mixed with blues rock influences, with songs including “Bad Boy for Love”, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Outlaw”, “Nice Boys”, “We Can’t Be Beaten” and “Scarred for Life”. Their first four albums were produced by Harry Vanda and George Young who also worked with AC/DC. They disbanded in 1987, subsequently reforming briefly in 1993 to support Guns N’ Roses on an Australian tour. They reassembled again in 1998 and have since released two more studio albums. Here are all of Rose Tattoo songs ranked.

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11. Remedy (Rose Tattoo, 1978)

“It’s fun to read about how 70s Australian rock branched off into a thriving punk scene and hard, blues-inspired rock n’ roll purists who believed that they could get all the piss and vigor they needed by cranking up their Chuck Berry records to 10. This is an example of the latter, and it’s very much like AC/DC deciding they’re done f–king around. Like a musical version of Angus Young getting revenge on that guy who poured beer on him”

10. Nice Boys (Rose Tattoo, 1978)

“The perfect hard rock (or whatever you wanna call this music) album of all time. All songs are fantastic and a singer like Angry Anderson is just perfect for music like this.”

9. Dead Set (Scarred for Life, 1982)

“Nothing really to special but some pretty good AC/DC kind of boogie rock mixed with a hard rock/ early punk style. Skinheads and tattoos just didn’t catch on to well in the states, give these guys some long hair and they might have been big.”

8. The Butcher and Fast Eddie (Rose Tattoo, 1978)

“The Butcher And Fast Eddy” flew high in my personal chart for the whole of 1981. Now, with the benefit / handicap of old age, their lack of ability is more obvious but still their appeal remains.”

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7. Out of This Place (Assault & Battery, 1981)

“Out of this place” is a good opener but nothing unique. Too much AC/DC in this sound and no Rose Tattoo. But – a pretty good song.”

6. Dead or Glory (Southern Stars, 1984)

“A bit more Edinburgh than Rose, this one.  Not overly serious, but not that great.  Nothing that made you want to chuck your radio out the window though.  You could probably say that this is more than a little bit on the wussy side for Rose Tattoo, as a bad.”

5. We Can’t Be Beaten (Scarred for Life, 1982)

“”We Can’t Be Beaten” is an angry version of “Leader Of The Gang” and “Juice On The Loose” has enough none-too-subtle entendres to keep the staunchest of AC/DC fans happy. An album that fully justifies my decision to begin this endurance reviewing process.”

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4. One of the Boys (Rose Tattoo, 1978)

“Partly a bit AC/DC feeling over it, but not as polished. I do, however, like this rather shitty garage sound and the energy the guys put into it. While it is quite bluesy rock for most parts, there are also a bunch of very high energy punk rock like tunes on as well”

3. Southern Stars (Southern Stars, 1984)

“Title track “Southern Stars” unfurls unnecessarily nationalistic cringing and, while it does rock out, it only just manages to deliver.”

2. Scarred for Life (Scarred for Life, 1982)

“Scarred For Life” does exactly what it says on the packet: it’s loud, brutal, exciting, messy and crude. Angry Anderson can boast a fabulous set of lungs which could crack concrete paving stones, whilst the remainder of the band slouch their way through standard riffs and breaks with casual grace that would make Keith Richards proud”

1. Rock ‘n’ Roll Outlaw (Rose Tattoo, 1978)

“My first encounter with Rose Tattoo was the album Rock ‘n’ Roll Outlaws and it remains my favorite. This is another band I stumbled across in my regular trawls through record stores and bought without any prior recommendations.”