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Previous to 1980, he was the drummer for a punk band called The Lubricunts. When they split up in 1980, he and the bass player, [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/D.D.+Verni]D.D. Verni[/url], formed the thrash metal band [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Overkill]Overkill[/url]. He left Overkill in 1987. His stage name, Rat Skates, is a tribute to [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Damned,+The]The Damned[/url] drummer [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Rat+Scabies]Rat Scabies[/url].