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March 31, 2017

Stray Cats – Stray Cats (1981)

by Record Facts

Stray Cats were an American rockabilly band formed in 1979 by guitarist and vocalist Brian Setzer, double bassist Lee Rocker, and drummer Slim Jim Phantom in the Long Island town of Massapequa, New York.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Stray Cats
Title:  Stray Cats
Year:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  Ariola Records
Catalog#  203295

Stray Cats is the first album from the American rockabilly band Stray Cats, first released in the UK by Arista in 1981. It was successful in Britain, peaking at No. 6 on the UK Albums Chart, and produced the UK Top 40 hits “Runaway Boys” (No. 9), “Stray Cat Strut” (No. 11) and “Rock This Town” (No. 9). The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later listed “Rock This Town” as one of the songs that shaped rock and roll.

The fifth track on the album, “Storm the Embassy”, was written about the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-80.

The album was only later released in the United States after the success of Stray Cats’ first American album, 1982’s Built for Speed. However, six of the songs from Stray Cats, including “Stray Cat Strut” and “Rock This Town”, were already included on Built for Speed.

 

Side one
1.  Runaway Boys  (2:59)
2.  Fishnet Stockings  (2:24)
3.  Ubangi Stomp  (3:10)
4.  Jeanie, Jeanie, Jeanie  (2:17)
5.  Storm The Embassy  (4:06)
6.  Rock This Town  (3:24)

Side two
1.  Rumble In Brighton  (3:11)
2.  Stray Cat Strut  (3:14)
3.  Crawl Up And Die  (3:11)
4.  Double Talkin’ Baby  (3:02)
5.  My One Desire  (2:55)
6.  Wild Saxaphone  (3:00)

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