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

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(1991/Cruisin') 24 tracks, rare studio and live versions of originals and cover tunes! Last copies!​

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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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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

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Stray Cats: Lookin' Better Every Beer - I Won't Stand In Your Way (7inch, 45rpm)
Art-Nr.: 45COL6224
 

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(1994/Collectables) 2-Track Single - Back To Back Hit Series - 7inch Vinyl, 45rpm!

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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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The Stray Cats: Drink That Bottle
Art-Nr.: LPCR81392
 

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​(1991/Cruisin') 10 tracks, Recorded Live At Montreux Festival 1981

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The Stray Cats: Live From Europe Vol.14, Holland 2004
Art-Nr.: CDSD44061
 

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(2004/SURFDOG) 17 tracks, recorded live in Holland 30-07-04

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Stray Cats: Rock This Town - Live New York '88 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDAC8002
 

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(Air Cuts) 11 tracks (48:00) jewelcase.   With hits like "Rock This Town," "Stray Cat Strut," "Runaway Boys," and "(She's) Sexy + 17," the Stray Cats brought rockabilly back to the top of the charts in the 1980s. This WNEW-FM broadcast of a show at New York's...

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Stray Cats: Rock This Town - Can't Hurry Love (7inch, 45rpm, PS)
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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Stray Cats: Live From Europe Vol.1, Brussels 2004
Art-Nr.: CDSD44046
 

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(2004/SURFDOG) 17 tracks Brussels Live 06-07-04

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Stray Cats: Live At Rockpalast (2-CD & DVD)
Art-Nr.: CDMIG90622
 

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(2015/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 popular in the early 1980s!...

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The Stray Cats: Live From Europe Vol.10, Gijon 2004
Art-Nr.: CDSD44057
 

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(2004/SURFDOG) 18 tracks, recorded live in Gijon 24-07-04

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Stray Cats: Live At Rockpalast (DVD)
Art-Nr.: DVDMIG90627
 

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(2015/MIG Music) 31 tracks, DVD Digipack. 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 popular in the early 1980s! This package...

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Stray Cats: The Best Of The Stray Cats - Ultimate Selection (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDBVCA117
 

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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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Stray Cats: Gonna Ball (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD254019
 

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(1981/ARISTA) 11 tracks

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The Stray Cats: Tear It Up - Live (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRRCD176
 

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(1993/Receiver) 18 Songs. Good Sound

$23.52 *

Stray Cats: Rockabilly Strut (Ltd. Picture Disc)
Art-Nr.: LPCLP8204
 

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LP on CLEOPATRA RECORDS by Stray Cats - Rockabilly Strut (Ltd. Picture Disc)

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Stray Cats: Greatest Hits - US (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDD277592
 

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(Curb) 10 tracks

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Stray Cats: Otherwise- The New Selection (CD Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDBVCA613
 

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(1993/Arista Japan) 20 tracks - slipcase packaging

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The Stray Cats: Rumble In Brixton 2-CD
Art-Nr.: CDSD44063
 

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(2004/SURFDOG) 23 tracks recorded live on tour in 2004 plus new studio recording'Mystery Train Kept A Rollin'' with 24 page color souvenir booklet !

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Stray Cats: (She's) Sexy+17 - Rock This Town (7inch, 45rpm)
Art-Nr.: 45COL6137
 

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​(1993/Collectables) 2-Track Single - Back To Back Hit Series - 7inch Vinyl, 45rpm, Company sleeve!  

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Stray Cats: Choo Choo Hot Fish (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJRS35812
 

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(1992/JRS/Great Pyramid Records) 11 tracks produced by Dave Edmunds (vocals on 'Crybaby'). Original US version in cardboard-longbox. Now rare collector's item!

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The 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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Stray Cats: Something Else - Live (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRRCD184
 

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​(1994/Receiver) 15 Tracks - Rare live versions from different shows! Collector's item!

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The Stray Cats: Hollywood Strut - Rare
Art-Nr.: CDRAU087
 

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​(1990/Raucous) 15 Songs.

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Stray Cats: Live At The Massey Hall, Toronto, March 28th, 1983 (2-LP - Limited 500 copies)
Art-Nr.: LPEGG333
 

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(2015/Egg Raid) 17 tracks, 2 albums in one-cover jacket - Limited 500 copies. Complete radio broadcast from the Massey Hall, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 28, 1983! It's been a Rumble in Toronto! MM/Bear Family Records

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Stray Cats: Live From Europe - Paris 2004 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSD44045
 

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(2004/Surfdog) 17 Tracks - Live in Paris, France, July 5, 2004!

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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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Stray Cats: Bring It Back Again - Runaway Boys (Live) (7inch, 45rpm, PS)
Art-Nr.: 45EMI2032726
 

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(1989/EMI Manhattan) 2-Track Single - Rare German Release! 45rpm speed, original picture sleeve, wide center hole! Produced by Dave Edmunds!

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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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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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The Stray Cats: Stray Cats (LP, 180 Gram Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPMOV1598
 

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(2016/Music On Vinyl) 12 tracks - Limited and individually numbered 35th Anniversary Edition of this Stray Cats classic album, pressed on color vinyl!

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Stray Cats: Cross Of Love - Shotgun Baby (7inch, 45rpm, SC)
Art-Nr.: 45K10293
 

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(1990/Liberation Records) 2-Track Single - Rare Australian Release! 45rpm speed, original 'Mushroom' company sleeve, small center hole, a true rarity!

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Stray Cats: Rare Tracks (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPCLP2048
 

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(2007/CLP) 10 tracks - first issue - black vinyl Side A includes acoustic recordings from 1990 and side B is recorded live at the 'Roxy' in 1981

$21.16 *

Stray Cats: Live At The Massey Hall, Toronto, March 28th, 1983 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDEGG333
 

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(2015/Egg Raid) 17 tracks. Complete radio broadcast from the Massey Hall, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 28, 1983! There was a Rumble in Toronto that night! MM/Bear Family Records

$19.98 *

The Stray Cats: Live From Europe Vol.12, Luzern 2004
Art-Nr.: CDSD44059
 

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(2004/SURFDOG) 17 tracks, recorded live in Luzern 27-07-04

$23.52 *

The 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

$16.45 *

The Stray Cats: Greatest Hits (US)
Art-Nr.: CDCAP21980
 

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(2000/EMI) 17 tracks 24bit digitally remastered.

$15.27 *

The Stray Cats: Rock This Town - The Collection
Art-Nr.: CD33622
 

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(2013/Sony BMG) 23 tracks 1981-83

$9.14 *

The Stray Cats: Live From Europe Vol.5, Amsterdam 2004
Art-Nr.: CDSD44051
 

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(2004/SURFDOG) 17 tracks Live in Amsterdam 14-07-04

$19.93 *

   
 
 
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