19 June 2009


If you lived through the 80's, you already know who the Stray Cats were. Guitarist Brian Setzer started the rockabilly band in 1979 with bassist Lee Rocker and drummer Slim Jim Phantom.

Their first two albums weren't released in the US, but they became sensations in the UK with them. A year later, a compilation of tracks from those first records was issued in their native land, and made them world-wide successes.

After a string of hits in the early eighties, they began a lengthy period of break ups, reformations, side projects, and albums that, as time went on, had less and less critical acclaim and sales. Which is too bad, because their first batch of albums were hot, and their live show was always top notch.

Here's a batch of rarer stuff, to remind you of just how good they were:

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Stray Cats - "Lookin' Better Every Beer" The b-side of "Sexy and 17". Some don't like this one, because of the country tinge. Personally, it's one of my favorites.
Stray Cats - "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (Queen cover) Recorded during a session for BBC Radio 1 in 1992.
Stray Cats - "Gonna Be Your Rock" Bonus track on the Japanese version of Let's Go Faster.
Stray Cats - "Looking Out My Backdoor" (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover) B-side of the "Rebels Rule" single.
Stray Cats - "Sixteen Candles" (Crests cover) From the soundtrack to the classic 80's movie of the same name.
Stray Cats - "What's Goin' Down (Cross That Bridge)" Bonus track on the Japanese version of Gonna Ball.
Stray Cats - "I Won't Stand In Your Way" (a capella version) B-side of the "I Won't Stand. . ." single. Original version is on Rant 'n' Rave with the Stray Cats.

Stray Cats discog.:

Stray Cats, 1981 (buy)
Gonna Ball, 1981
Built For Speed, 1982 (compilation of tracks from first 2 albums)
Rant 'n' Rave, 1983 (buy)
Rock Therapy, 1986 (buy)
Blast Off!, 1989 (buy)
Let's Go Faster, 1990
Choo Choo Hot Fish, 1992
Original Cool, 1993
Rumble in Brixton, 2004 (buy) (buy DVD) (live)


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DeadBilly said...

You're welcome. Thanks for coming by.

-nino said...

Love love love the SCats. There's a reunion I would love to see. I saw Brian Setzer with his orchestra in Orlando about 10 or so years ago & he was so full of energy. Ah well...