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Stray Cats

Neo Rockabilly is actually a British invention but the most popular band of its genre came from America: Stray Cats! Influenced by the original 1950s heroes such as Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran they soon mixed their sound with New Wave and even some Punk Rock elements.

The band was founded in the summer of 1979 by Brian Setzer (vocal, guitar - now leading The Brian Setzer Orchestra), Slim Jim Phantom (drums – real name James McDonell) and Lee Rocker (upright bass – real name Leon Drucker) under the name 'Brian Setzer & The Tomcats.

 

The band soon changed its name into 'Stray Cats' and strayed over to Great Britain in June 1980 due to the big European Rockabilly revival with its keystone in the UK and bands such as Matchbox, Polecats, Shakin' Stevens, Restless and many more. Some 45rpm singles and their legendary debut album were produced by the great Dave Edmunds and released by late 1980 and early 1981.

 

Stray Cats definetly created a new sound within the Rockabilly movement! It happened in spring 1981, I went into a scene store that sold clothes and records at a time. I was there on the upper floor to buy a pair of jeans when some unique Rockabilly sound came to my ears right out of the store's cellar. I rushed downstairs and asked for the band. It was Stray Cats and their classic tune 'Runaway Boys'. I was electrified! It's clear, I went home with the record and left the jeans...

I was never that electrified from a sound (except for Elvis Presley – which is another story)!

 

1982 saw the band supporting The Rolling Stones on their U.S. tour. 1983 was the touring year worldwide supporting their album 'Rant'n'Rave With The Stray Cats' and in 1984 came the first breakup. Setzer went solo and the other cats founded 'Phantom, Rocker & Slick'. But 1986 saw the first Stray Cats reunion and the album 'Rock Therapy'. They continued to issue albums and to tour around the world up till 1992 when Brian Setzer started his very successful project 'The Brian Setzer Orchestra'. Stray Cats had their next reunion during the years 2003-2004 which produced the live CD album and DVD 'Rumble In Brixton'. They had their final reunion in 2008 touring again around the world. Stray Cats are true legends in the wide world of Rock'n'Roll-Rockabilly! - Marc M/Bear Family Records

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Cruisin' Round Sixteen Candles (CD)
Stray Cats: Cruisin' Round Sixteen Candles (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCR813912

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(Cruisin' Records) 24 tracks (77:14), rare studio and live versions of originals and cover tunes!
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Rockabilly Reigns This Town (CD)
Stray Cats: Rockabilly Reigns This Town (CD) Art-Nr.: CDMUSI91

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(1991/Musichien) 10 tracks (45:25) wrong tracklist and playing time on cover very rare eu custom pressing
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Rocked This Town (CD, Box Set, Ltd.)
Stray Cats: Rocked This Town (CD, Box Set, Ltd.) Art-Nr.: CDSD50187

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(Surfdog) 22 tracks, slip lid box, 2 beer coasters, 2 stickers, postcard Rocked This Town: From LA to London is the upcoming live album of The Stray Cats. This collection of 22 tracks, recorded during the critically acclaimed 40th...
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Live At Rockpalast (2-CD & DVD)
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(MIG Music) 31 tracks, Digipack, 2 CDs plus DVD. Live from the German 'Rockpalast' TV shows 1981 and 1983, feat. Dave Edmunds on 2 tracks. It seems the cats are straying again just like three decades didn't pass by since they went...
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Elvis On Velvet (Maxi-CD)
Stray Cats: Elvis On Velvet (Maxi-CD) Art-Nr.: CD704721

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(Pump Records) 3 tracks
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Tear It Up - Live (CD)
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(1993/Receiver) 18 Songs. Good Sound
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Live From Europe Vol.14, Holland 2004 (CD)
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(SURFDOG) 17 tracks, recorded live in Holland 30-07-04
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40 (CD)
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(Surfdog) 12 tracks - digisleeve The Stray Cats celebrate their 40th anniversary and return with their new album "40" and a tour! Brian Setzer, Lee Rocker and Slim Jim Phantom release their first album together in 26 years! Turn up the...
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40 (CD, Box Set, Ltd.)
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(Surfdog) 14 tracks, slip lid box, 2 beer coasters, 2 stickers, postcard The Stray Cats celebrate their 40th anniversary and return with their new album 40 and a tour! Brian Setzer, Lee Rocker and Slim Jim Phantom release their first...
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Rock This Town - Can't Hurry Love (7inch, 45rpm, PS)
Stray Cats: Rock This Town - Can't Hurry Love (7inch,... Art-Nr.: 45AR102971

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(1981/Arista France) 2-Track Single - 45rpm, original platter, original picture sleeve (all marked with a number sticker), includes their version of 'You Can't Hurry Love'!
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The Story Of The Stray Cats (2-CD)
Stray Cats: The Story Of The Stray Cats (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CD11759

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​(1992/BMG Ariola) 35 Tracks - Rare!
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Stray Cats (CD)
Stray Cats: Stray Cats (CD) Art-Nr.: CD253295

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(Arista) 12 Tracks - The Legendary 1981 debut album on CD! Original EU pressing!
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Gonna Ball (CD)
Stray Cats: Gonna Ball (CD) Art-Nr.: CD254019

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(1981/ARISTA) 11 tracks
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The Best Of The Stray Cats - Back To The Alley (CD, EU Version)
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(1990/BMG) 20 tracks
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The Very Best Of Stray Cats (CD)
Stray Cats: The Very Best Of Stray Cats (CD) Art-Nr.: CD52770

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(2003/BMG UK/IRELAND) 17 tracks 1980-83
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The Toronto Struts...plus
Stray Cats: The Toronto Struts...plus Art-Nr.: CD62322

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(2011/SMOKIN') 18 tracks (78:50) Massey Hall, Toronto 1983 plus 2 Chicago 1982 bonus tracks (FM Broadcasts). slipcase packaging
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Stray Cats - 3 Alben  (3-CD-Set)
Stray Cats: Stray Cats - 3 Alben (3-CD-Set) Art-Nr.: CD67982

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Contains their first 3 Albums: Stray Cats, Gonna Ball & Ran't n' Rave With The Stray Cats
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Choo Choo Hot Fish (CD)
Stray Cats: Choo Choo Hot Fish (CD) Art-Nr.: CD9070147

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(1992/PUMP) 12 tracks produced by Dave Edmunds.12 page booklet incl. all lyrics. Dave Edmunds guest vocal & guitar on 'Cry Baby' - last copies!!
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Rant'n'Rave With The Stray Cats (CD)
Stray Cats: Rant'n'Rave With The Stray Cats (CD) Art-Nr.: CDBMG255677

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(1998/Arista) 10 tracks - Original 1983 album reissue!
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The Best Of The Stray Cats - Ultimate Selection (CD, Japan)
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(1991/Arista Japan) 22 tracks with 28 page booklet including all lyrics. Original sealed new stock copy.
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Otherwise- The New Selection Of The Stray Cats (CD Japan)
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(Arista Japan) 20 tracks - slipcase packaging
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Greatest Hits (US)
Stray Cats: Greatest Hits (US) Art-Nr.: CDCAP21980

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(2000/EMI) 17 tracks 24bit digitally remastered.
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Greatest Hits - US (CD)
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(Curb) 10 tracks
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Rockabilly Rules   At Their Best - Live
Stray Cats: Rockabilly Rules At Their Best - Live Art-Nr.: CDESM784

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(1999/Castle Music) 16 Songs. Great sound - 12 page booklet
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Blast Off
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(2008/EMI/HEPCAT) 10 tracks - remastered 1989 Capitol album with new liner notes by Lee Rocker - digipac
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