Australia's Vicious Kitten Records formed in 1999 and grew out of the popular Vicious Kitten fanzine - created by the Gray brothers.
The label developed a reputation for releasing artists directly related to, or inspired by Johnny Thunders | last update: 12 Oct 2022

respecting the rock since 1999

After nine issues, five years, a print run of 10'000 copies (which saw distribution to every Australian capital city), Vicious Kitten fanzine folded in late 1998. Reviewer Garrison Wells wrote 'in all the zines I encounter, none seems to embrace the rock n roll underbelly quite as idiosyncratically as these guys do'. However every ending has a new beginning and thus, in early 1999, an independent record label was born. Over the next few years, Vicious Kitten released recordings by Australian and international artists including Kevin K, Freddy Lynxx, Nikki Sudden, Rick Blaze & The Ballbusters, Sheek The Shayk (ex-Psychotic Turnbuckles) and The Golden Arms (Japan). In 2000, Vicious Kitten Records released a compilation album titled ‘Rock n Roll War’ which featured artists including The Dictators, Sylvain Sylvain (New York Dolls), Deniz Tek (Radio Birdman), Jeff Dahl, Peter Wells (Rose Tattoo), Sour Jazz, Trash Brats and The Hitmen. A second volume of ‘Rock n Roll War’ was released in 2002 on Vicious Kitten USA, a subsidiary label operating out of Boston. ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll War’ Volume 2 featured Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys), Jeff Crane, Walter Lure of The Heartbreakers, Dave Kusworth (ex-Jacobites), The Streetwalkin Cheetahs, Michael Thimren (ex-Johnny Thunders) and The Bullys to name a few.

For several years after the label's demise, the Gray brothers penned The Rockbrat Blog and also produced the popular Australian Rock Show podcast - interviewing some of the coolest cats in rock n roll: including members or former members of AC/DC, Radio Birdman, Rose Tattoo, Status Quo, Thin Lizzy, Kiss, Skid Row, Screaming Jets, Angels, Buffalo, Girlschool, Raven, Dictators, Michael Schenker, John Waite, Guns n Roses, Zakk Wylde, LA Guns, WASP, Keel, Faster Pussycat, Hellacopters, Phantom Blue, Runaways, Trash Brats, Carmine Appice, TMG, Stars, Taste, Airbourne, Motorhead, L7, Kings Of The Sun, Judge Mercy, Orianthi, Boss, Candy Harlots, Georgia Satellites, Hitmen, Beasts of Bourbon, Screaming Tribesmen, Celibate Rifles, Lime Spiders, The Almighty, Scientists, Loudness, Queensryche, Rainbow, Stryper, Accept and more ! Vicious Kitten Records was relaunched in 2021.

Kevin K

The Golden Rat

We Got A Right (VKR014)

Release date 9 DEC 2022

Tokyo-based duo The Golden Rat are indeed rock n roll royalty. On this wonderful 15 song gathering, Mr Ratboy and Hiroshi Thre Golden Arm run through a selection of songs which influenced their teenagers years. Superb takes of songs by Brian James, The Saints, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Radio Birdman, Lords of The New Church, Ramones, Mitch Ryder, Heartbreakers and more ! Limited copies available ! Australia: order here | Rest of World: order here

Golden Rat - Album launch Tokyo 29 Oct 2022

KEVIN K

CADALLAC MAN (VKR013)

Release date 4 NOV 2022

Musically, there is no better exponent of catchy power pop than KEVIN K. This is solo album number 33 for KEVIN K and with its consistently strong material, Cadallac Man makes a strong claim as KEVIN K's magnum opus. That's a statement not made lightly considering KEVIN K has been making records since 1978. Limited copies available ! Australia: order here | Rest of World: order here

AUNT HELEN

HEY AUNT HELEN (VKR012)

Release date 5 AUG 2022

Seventies Western NY punk bands-Aunt Helen and the Toys. The first Buffalo punk band to release a single, later morphed into the Toys, opening for national acts and moving to NYC. The Lone Cowboys ensued (two rare tracks here), eventually leading to the Road Vultures and Kevin K Band. Hear the origins of the legend on 'Hey Aunt Helen!' Limited copies available ! Australia: order here | Rest of World: order here

Kevin K & RICKY RAT

Identity crisis (VKR011)

Release date 18 MAY 2021

NYC punk legend Kevin K teams up with the iconic guitar-slinger from Detroit, Ricky Rat (Trash Brats / Dead Boys) on a hard hitting Ramones-like anthem called ‘Identity Crisis’. Taken from their superb 2020 album on Circumstantial Records, Party Store. The first 100 singles come with a bonus Kevin K sticker, so get in quick! Australia: order here | Rest of World: order here