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Stray Cats

The key group of the early-'80s rockabilly revival, the Stray Cats scored several big hits on both sides of the Atlantic thanks to a striking visual style tailor-made for the early days of MTV, as well as genuine musical chops that evoked the best players of rockabilly's original heyday. The Stray Cats were formed by guitarist/vocalist Brian Setzer in the Long Island town of Massapequa, NY, in 1979. At first, Setzer played rockabilly covers in a band called the Tom Cats with his brother, drummer Gary, and bassist Bob Beecher; however, Setzer soon abandoned that group to join up with newly rechristened school friends Lee Rocker (born Leon Drucker) and Slim Jim Phantom (born James McDonnell). However, their retro '50s look and sound didn't go over well around Long Island, and in the summer of 1980, the group headed to England, where a rockabilly revival movement was just beginning to emerge.

After one of their gigs in London, the Stray Cats met producer Dave Edmunds, well known as a roots rock enthusiast for his work with Rockpile, and as a solo artist. Edmunds offered to work with the group, and they entered the studio to record their self-titled debut album, released in England in 1981 on Arista. They were popular right out of the box, scoring three straight hits that year with "Runaway Boys," "Rock This Town," and "Stray Cat Strut." The follow-up, Gonna Ball, wasn't as well received and, stung by the negative reviews, the Stray Cats decided to return to the States and make a go of it. They signed with EMI America and in 1982 released their U.S. debut, Built for Speed, which compiled the highlights from their two British LPs. Helped by extensive airplay on MTV at the height of the anything-goes new wave era, "Rock This Town" and "Stray Cat Strut" both hit the American Top Ten, over a year after their British chart peaks. As a result, Built for Speed was a left-field smash, and the Stray Cats were seen as avatars of retro style. Their second American album, Rant n' Rave with the Stray Cats, appeared in 1983 and produced another Top Ten hit in "(She's) Sexy + 17," as well as a minor Top 40 entry in the doo wop-styled ballad "I Won't Stand in Your Way."

Personality conflicts began to emerge in the ways the individual members handled their newfound success: Phantom married actress (and former Rod Stewart paramour) Britt Ekland, while Setzer made guest appearances with stars like Bob Dylan and Stevie Nicks and became the concert guitarist for Robert Plant's Honeydrippers side project. In late 1984, Setzer broke up the band amid much bad blood. Rocker and Phantom immediately teamed up with guitarist Earl Slick and recorded an album as Phantom, Rocker & Slick, while Setzer waited a couple of years before releasing his roots rock solo debut, The Knife Feels Like Justice. By 1986, fences had apparently been mended enough for the Stray Cats to reconvene in Los Angeles and record the covers-heavy Rock Therapy, which didn't sell that well. The trio returned to their respective post-Stray Cats projects, which both released albums that performed disappointingly. In 1989, they reunited once again for the album Blast Off, which was accompanied by a tour with Stevie Ray Vaughan. No longer with EMI, the Cats entered the studio with Nile Rodgers for the lackluster Let's Go Faster, issued by Liberation in 1990. 1992's Dave Edmunds-produced Choo Choo Hot Fish also attracted little attention, and after another covers album, Original Cool, the group called it quits again. They have since reunited periodically for live performances. Setzer, of course, went on to spearhead the '90s swing revival with his Brian Setzer Orchestra, which performed classic big-band swing and jump blues tunes, as well as Setzer originals. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Live At The Roxy 1981

1. Double Talkin' Baby (Live)

2. Rumble In Brighton (Live)

3. Baby What You Want Me To Do (Live)

4. Rev It Up & Go (Live)

5. Beautiful Delilah (Live)

6. Stray Cat Strut (Live At The Roxy, Los Angeles,1981)

7. Rock Around With Ollie Vee

8. Fishnet Stockings (Live)

9. Jeannie Jeannie Jeannie (Live)

10. Rock This Town (Live At The Roxy, Los Angeles,1981)

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Track List: Stray Tracks

1. Stray Cat Strut (Acoustic Studio Sessions 1990)

2. Lust N’ Love (Acoustic Studio Sessions 1990)

3. Mystery Train (Acoustic Studio Sessions 1990)

4. Summertime Blues (Acoustic Studio Sessions 1990)

5. Oh Boy (Acoustic Studio Sessions 1990)

6. Double Talkin’ Baby (Live At The Roxy 1981)

7. Rumble In Brighton (Live At The Roxy 1981)

8. Baby What You Want Me To Do (Live At The Roxy 1981)

9. Fishnet Stockings (Live At The Roxy 1981)

10. Rock This Town (Live At The Roxy 1981)

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Track List: Live In Europe: Bonn 7/29/04

1. Double Talkin' Baby (Live)

2. Ubangi Stomp (Live)

3. Stray Cat Strut (Live)

4. Gene & Eddie (Live)

5. Too Hip Gotta Go (Live)

6. Sleepwalk (Live)

7. Baby Blue Eyes (Live)

8. My Baby Left Me (Live)

9. Rev It Up And Go (Live)

10. Blast Off (Live)

11. 18 Miles To Memphis (Live)

12. Bring It Back Again (Live)

13. Fishnet Stockings (Live)

14. Runaway Boys (Live)

15. Rock This Town (Live)

16. Sexy + 17 (Live)

17. Red Hot (Live)

18. Please Don't Touch (Live)

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Track List: Live From Europe Vol. 10: Gijon 7/24/04

1. Rumble In Brighton (Live)

2. Double Talkin' Baby (Live)

3. Ubangi Stomp (Live)

4. Stray Cat Strut (Live From Gijon 7/24/04)

5. Gene & Eddie (Live)

6. Too Hip Gotta Go (Live)

7. Malaguena (Live)

8. Baby Blue Eyes (Live)

9. My Baby Left Me (Live)

10. Rev It Up And Go (Live)

11. 18 Miles To Memphis (Live)

12. Bring It Back Again (Live)

13. Fishnet Stockings (Live)

14. Runaway Boys (Live)

15. Rock This Town (Live From Gijon, 7/24/04

16. Good Rockin' Tonight (Live)

17. 20 Flight Rock (Live)

18. Sexy + 17 (Live)

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Track List: Live In Europe: Holland 7/30/04

1. Rumble In Brighton (Live)

2. Double Talkin' Baby (Live)

3. Something's Wrong With My Radio (Live)

4. Stray Cat Strut (Live)

5. Too Hip Gotta Go (Live)

6. Sleepwalk (Live)

7. Baby Blue Eyes (Live)

8. My Baby Left Me (Live)

9. Rev It Up And Go (Live)

10. Blast Off (Live)

11. 18 Miles To Memphis (Live)

12. Bring It Back Again (Live)

13. Rock This Town (Live)

14. High School Confidential (Live)

15. That's All Right (Live)

16. Rock Therapy (Live)

17. Please Don't Touch (Live)

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Track List: Live In Europe - Paris 7/5/04

1. Rumble In Brighton (Live Paris 7/5/04)

2. Double Talkin' Baby (Live Paris 7/5/04)

3. Stray Cat Strut (Live Paris 7/5/04)

4. Gene & Eddie (Live Paris 7/5/04)

5. Too Hip Gotta Go (Live Paris 7/5/04)

6. I Won't Stand In Your Way (Live Paris 7/5/04)

7. Rev It Up And Go (Live Paris 7/5/04)

8. Blast Off (Live Paris 7/5/04)

9. Drink That Bottle Down (Live Paris 7/5/04)

10. 18 Miles To Memphis (Live Paris 7/5/04)

11. Fishnet Stockings (Live Paris 7/5/04)

12. Runaway Boys (Live Paris 7/5/04)

13. Rock This Town (Live Paris 7/5/04)

14. Unchained Melodies (Sung In French) (Live Paris 7/5/04)

15. That's All Right (Live Paris 7/5/04)

16. Blue Moon Of Kentucky (Live Paris 7/5/04)

17. Good Rockin' Tonight (Live Paris 7/5/04)

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Track List: Live In Europe - Turku 7/10/04

1. Rumble In Brighton (Live)

2. Double Talkin' Baby (Live)

3. Something's Wrong With My Radio (Live)

4. Stray Cat Strut (Live)

5. Gene & Eddie (Live)

6. Too Hip Gotta Go (Live)

7. Rev It Up And Go (Live)

8. Blast Off (Live)

9. 18 Miles To Memphis (Live)

10. Bring It Back Again (Live)

11. Fishnet Stockings (Live)

12. Runaway Boys (Live)

13. Rock This Town (Live)

14. That's All Right (Live)

15. Mystery Train (Live)

16. Sexy + 17 (Live)

17. Somethin' Else (Live)

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Track List: Live In Europe (Hamburg 7/16/04)

1. Double Talkin' Baby (Live)

2. Something's Wrong With My Radio (Live)

3. Ubangi Stomp (Live)

4. Stray Cat Strut (Live)

5. Gene & Eddie (Live)

6. Too Hip Gotta Go (Live)

7. Sleepwalk (Live)

8. I Won't Stand In Your Way (Live)

9. Rev It Up And Go (Live)

10. Blast Off (Live)

11. 18 Miles To Memphis (Live)

12. Bring It Back Again (Live)

13. Fishnet Stockings (Live)

14. Rock This Town (Live)

15. That's All Right (Live)

16. My Baby Left Me (Live)

17. Please Don't Touch (Live)

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Track List: Live In Europe - Manchester 7/16/04

1. Rumble In Brighton (Live)

2. Double Talkin' Baby (Live)

3. Something's Wrong With My Radio (Live)

4. Ubangi Stomp (Live)

5. Stray Cat Strut (Live) (Manchester 7/16/04)

6. Gene & Eddie (Live)

7. Too Hip Gotta Go (Live)

8. I Won't Stand In Your Way (Live)

9. My Baby Left Me (Live)

10. Rev It Up And Go (Live)

11. Blast Off (Live)

12. 18 Miles To Memphis (Live)

13. Bring It Back Again (Live)

14. Runaway Boys (Live)

15. Rock This Town (Live) (Manchester 7/16/04)

16. Brand New Cadillac (Live)

17. Please Don't Touch (Live)

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Track List: Live In Europe - Brussels 7/6/04

1. Something's Wrong With My Radio (Live)

2. Ubangi Stomp (Live)

3. Stray Cat Strut (Live)

4. Gene & Eddie (Live)

5. Too Hip Gotta Go (Live)

6. Sleepwalk (Live)

7. Blast Off (Live)

8. Drink That Bottle Down (Live)

9. 18 Miles To Memphis (Live)

10. Fishnet Stockings (Live)

11. Runaway Boys (Live)

12. Rock This Town (Live)

13. Summertime Blues (Live)

14. That's All Right (Live)

15. Blue Moon Of Kentucky (Live)

16. Sexy + 17 (Live)

17. Somethin' Else (Live)

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Track List: Forever Gold (Live)

1. Stray Cat Strut

2. We N' Love

3. Mystery Train

4. Summertime Blues

5. Double Talkin' Baby

6. Rumble In Brighton

7. Baby What You Want Me To Do

8. Rev It Up & Go

9. Rock Around With Ollie Vee

10. Fishnet Stockings

11. Jeanie Jeanie Jeanie

12. Rock This Town

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Track List: Hollywood Strut: The Unreleased Cuts

1. Stray Cat Strut (Alt Take)

2. Lust'n'Love

3. Mystery Train

4. Summertime Blues

5. Oh Boy

6. Double Talkin' Baby

7. Rumble In Brighton (Live)

8. Baby What You Want Me To Do

9. Rev It Up And Go (Live)

10. Beautiful Deliah

11. Stray Cat Strut (Live)

12. Rock Around With Ollie Vee

13. Fishnet Stockings

14. Jeanie Jeanie Jeanie

15. Rock This Town (Live)

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Track List: Greatest Hits

1. Rock This Town

2. Stray Cat Strut

3. Rumble In Brighton

4. Built For Speed

5. Rev It Up & Go

6. Runaway Boys

7. (She's) Sexy + 17

8. Look At That Cadillac

9. I Won't Stand In Your Way

10. 18 Miles From Memphis

11. Gene And Eddie

12. Bring It Back Again

13. Blast Off

14. Race With The Devil

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Track List: Ten Best: The Best Of Stray Cats

1. Rock This Town

2. Look At That Cadillac

3. Bring It Back Again

4. Stray Cat Strut

5. Gene And Eddie

6. Race With The Devil

7. (She's) Sexy + 17

8. I Won't Stand In Your Way

9. You Can't Hurry Love

10. Baby Blue Eyes

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Track List: Choo Choo Hot Fish

1. Elvis On Velvet

2. Cry Baby

3. Please Don't Touch

4. Sleepwalk

5. Lust In Love

6. Beautiful Blues

7. Cross Of Love

8. Can't Go Back To Memphis

9. Jade Idol

10. My Heart Is A Liar

11. Mystery Train

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Track List: Built For Speed

1. Rock This Town

2. Built For Speed

3. Rev It Up & Go

4. Stray Cat Strut

5. Little Miss Prissy

6. Rumble In Brighton

7. Runaway Boys

8. Lonely Summer Nights

9. Double Talkin' Baby

10. You Don't Believe Me

11. Jeanie, Jeanie, Jeanie

12. Baby Blue Eyes

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❤️❤️❤️❤️️ I got rid of pandora ads/skip limit on www.dankprom o . x y z ❤❤️❤️️❤️
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Brian is the king of swing
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crobar1969
now you are treading on ground you know nothing about boob so just keep your uninformed lame comments to yourself. do you even have any idea of what the rest of the band did after the split? No you don't so I say again, shut the fuc% up.
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Setzer is a good guitarist, it was good for him to quit the MTV jokester Stray Cats who were annoying, as was most of the MTV generation artists.
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crobar1969
CHOO CHOO HOT FISH???
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Talented.
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gertard951
Everybody loves cats,'cause they're really purr-fect.
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Was looking for BeBopa Lula... didn't find it.
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I love rock this town!
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✋ ( high-five )
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I met Brian at a Dion concert, talked briefly and got his autograph for my son, who has a Stray Cats tattoo.
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This is dop! !LTHEL!
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i agree dragonlady he sure can
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dragonlady60 8 8
That guy could play that guitar
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dragonlady60 8 8
I love the stray cats...what happen to them...
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xmfrederique
BAD.... A**!!! You know.... you make me wanna.... jitterbug!
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stray cat strut, with my tail in the air. eat my dinner from a garbage can
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Misti....rea l l y ?
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amye45
jtait97 ha, ha that's a great story - and from Lenny and Squiggtones. . . S p i n a l Tap was born
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I will never forget seeing them. It was at Navy Pier in Chicago. Early summer 1980. First up was Fabian, then Every Brothers, next Stray Cats. They played about 900 songs!!! Next group up was pissed. That group was (hope you remember) Lenny and the Squiggtones I remember Squiggy say in that Squiggy voice... "Stray cats huh, go back to the alley" Boy is my head filled with dumb stuff. But that was a GREAT TIME!!!!!
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upthepunxx
Klamath falls Oregon! Got the crew and brought our cruisers and parked in front. Strut our stuff cruising main St. Before an after.
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justynm
Saw em twice in the day
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Great music
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That dude was on La Bamba
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A phenomenal band!
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alicialeonar d 6 6 6
Soo good! Swingin'!
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Love it
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This group never gets old.
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I got cat style!
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♡ h a p p y n a t i o n a l a d o p t a c a t m o n t h ♡
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Love these Katz so much that I tattooed the Stray Cat logo on my back. Been a fan since early 80's
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the first time i heard them i loved them my favorite song is stray cat strut i also love nine lives and rock this town
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amye45
may your mullet live long and prosper
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Love them!!!!
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My first school dance in middle school I danced with a cute boy to Stray Cat Strut and I was an instant fan.
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I can't believe how great they actually were. I saw them in 80's and would love to see them reunite now!
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This is badass music I love it....
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Reminds me of Los Angeles in the 80's The Rockabillys Vs the Stoners ...Good Times
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Pandora is thr greatest
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dorisnettere c k e l
My husband and I are 71 and 68 and we really only want to dance this kind of swinging, hope we can do it for many years. If only more bands would play it!!!!!
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saw brian setzer on nov 23 he was awesome
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I saw them open for Three Dog Night, I was blown away and hooked. The live show was excellent.
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I love them! My dad listens to them in his antique car
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cat style.... yes
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this is my moms account too!
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DesertRoseAZ T
my favorite song from stray cats is 18 MILES TO MEMPHIS!!!!! ! ! thanks to my mom I like this stuff now. I stated to listen to this at age 5 and now I am 13. Time sure does fly.were does the time go?
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i jacked my grammas account
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im 14 and im doin the greaser pompoadore rock a billy all the way
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michaelmelli n g e r
It's funny how much I hated this kind of music when I was growing up. My dad would listen this stuff.... now it's about all I listen to. I HEART THE 80s!
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