Rattlesnakes was the debut album by Lloyd Cole and the Commotions and was released in 1984. The album reached #13 in the UK record charts and included the hit singles "Perfect Skin" (#26 in UK), "Forest Fire" (#41 in UK) and "Rattlesnakes" (#65 in UK, #31 in the Netherlands). The bulk of the album was written by frontman Lloyd Cole, who formed the band while a student at the University of Glasgow. Cole cites Bob Dylan and Booker T. & the MGs as major influences, but also notes the impact of his studies in English and philosophy on both the album's title, a reference to the novel Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion, and its lyrics, which also reference Renata Adler, Simone de Beauvoir and Norman Mailer.
Lloyd Cole – vocal, guitar / Neil Clark – guitar / Blair Cowan – keyboards / Lawrence Donegan – bass guitar, guitar / Stephen Irvine – drums, tambourine
Perfect Skin / Speedboat / Rattlesnakes / Down on Mission Street / Forest Fire / Charlotte Street / 72CV / Four Flights Up / Patience / Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken?
1985 bonus tracks:
Sweetness / Andy's Babies / The Sea and the Sand / You Will Never Be No Good