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Stray Cats

Stray Cats live in Gijón on July 24, 2004
Background information
Origin Long Island, New York, USA
Genre(s) Rockabilly
Years active 1979—present
Label(s) Arista, EMI America
Associated
acts
Brian Setzer Orchestra
Website straycats.com
Members
Brian Setzer
Lee Rocker
Slim Jim Phantom

The Stray Cats are a rockabilly band formed in 1979 by guitarist/vocalist Brian Setzer (Bloodless Pharaohs/Brian Setzer Orchestra) with school friends Lee Rocker (born Leon Drucker) and Slim Jim Phantom (born James McDonnell) in the Long Island town of Massapequa, New York. Image File history File links Stray_cats_-_live_in_gijon. ... is the 205th day of the year (206th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the island in New York State. ... “NY” redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Rockabilly is one of the earliest styles of rock and roll music to emerge during the 1950s. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Arista Records is an American record label that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony BMG, and operates under the RCA Records Group // After being fired from CBS Records, Columbia Pictures hired Clive Davis to be a consultant for the company’s record and music operations. ... The EMI Group is a major record label, based in the United Kingdom and with operations in over 25 other countries. ... The Brian Setzer Orchestra is a swing band formed in 1990 by Stray Cats frontman Brian Setzer. ... Brian Setzer (born April 10, 1959 in Massapequa, Long Island, New York) is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter. ... Lee Rocker Lee Rocker (born August 3, 1961 in Long Island, New York) is a rockabilly double bass player. ... Slim Jim Phantom, birth name James McDonnell, was born on March 20, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York. ... Rockabilly is one of the earliest styles of rock and roll music to emerge during the 1950s. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1979 Record labels established in 1979 1979 in music (UK) 1970s in music // Stevie Wonder uses digital audio recording technology in recording his album Journey through the Secret Life of Plants. ... Brian Setzer (born April 10, 1959 in Massapequa, Long Island, New York) is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter. ... The Brian Setzer Orchestra is a swing band formed in 1990 by Stray Cats frontman Brian Setzer. ... Lee Rocker Lee Rocker (born August 3, 1961 in Long Island, New York) is a rockabilly double bass player. ... Slim Jim Phantom, birth name James McDonnell, was born on March 20, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York. ... This article is about the island in New York State. ... Massapequa is a hamlet (and a census-designated place) located in Nassau County, New York. ...

Contents

Formation and rapid UK success

The group, whose style was based upon the sounds of Sun Records artists from the 1950s and heavily influenced by Bill Haley & His Comets, had little initial success in the New York music scene, and had to move to England before they saw any success at all within the nascent rockabilly revival there. The group had several hit singles in the UK and the U.S. during the early 1980s. This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ...


After a gig in London, 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, Stray Cats, released in England in 1981 on Arista Records. They were popular immediately, scoring three straight hits that year with "Runaway Boys," "Rock This Town," and "Stray Cat Strut." Dave Edmunds (born April 15, 1944) is a singer, guitarist and producer from Cardiff, Wales. ... Rockpile was a British rock group noted for strong rockabilly and power pop influences. ... Stray Cats is the first album from the rockabilly band Stray Cats. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Arista Records is an American record label that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony BMG, and operates under the RCA Records Group // After being fired from CBS Records, Columbia Pictures hired Clive Davis to be a consultant for the company’s record and music operations. ... The Stray Cats are a rockabilly band first formed in 1979 by guitarist/vocalist Brian Setzer (Bloodless Pharaohs/Brian Setzer Orchestra) with school friends Lee Rocker (born Leon Drucker) and Slim Jim Phantom (born James McDonnell) in the Long Island town of Massapequa, New York. ... Stray Cat Strut is the eighth track on the Stray Cats debut album. ...


Return to the U.S.

The follow-up to Stray Cats, Gonna Ball, was not as well-received, and was stung by the negative reviews. Stray Cats returned to the United States, signed with EMI America, and in 1982 released Built for Speed, a combination of their earlier LPs. "Rock This Town" and "Stray Cat Strut" hit the top of the American charts thanks to MTV airplay. The follow-up, Rant N' Rave With The Stray Cats, was almost as successful. Name = Gonna Ball | Type = Album | Artist = Stray Cats | Released = 1981 | Genre = Rockabilly | Label = EMI America | Producer = Dave Edmunds | Gonna Ball is the second album from the rockabilly band Stray Cats. ... The EMI Group is a major record label, based in the United Kingdom and with operations in over 25 other countries. ... See also: 1982 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1982 Record labels established in 1982 list of years in music // January 15 - K.C. and the Sunshine Bands Harry Wayne Casey is seriously injured in an automobile accident in Miami, Florida. ... Name = Built For Speed | Type = Album | Artist = Stray Cats | Released = 1982 | Genre = Rockabilly | Label = EMI America | Producer = Dave Edmunds | Built For Speed is the first American album from the rockabilly band Stray Cats. ... Rant N Rave With The Stray Cats is the fourth album from the rockabilly band Stray Cats. ...


Helped by extensive airplay on the newly-launched MTV, "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 Stray Cats was seen as an avatar 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." This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... // A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ... Name = Built For Speed | Type = Album | Artist = Stray Cats | Released = 1982 | Genre = Rockabilly | Label = EMI America | Producer = Dave Edmunds | Built For Speed is the first American album from the rockabilly band Stray Cats. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... Doo-wop is a style of vocal-based rhythm and blues music popular in the mid-1950s to the early 1960s in America. ...


Break-up and subsequent reunions

Personality conflicts began to emerge in the ways that the individual members handled their new-found success; Phantom married actress 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. Britt Ekland (born Britt-Marie Eklund on October 6, 1942) is a Swedish actress, long resident in the UK. Ekland became famous as a result of her 1964 whirlwind romance and marriage to British actor and comedian, Peter Sellers, who proposed after seeing her photograph in the paper. ... This article is about the recording artist. ... Stephanie Lynn Stevie Nicks (born May 26, 1948) is an American singer and songwriter, best known for her work with Fleetwood Mac and a long solo career, which collectively have produced over twenty Top 40 hits. ... Robert Anthony Plant (born August 20, 1948, West Bromwich, West Midlands, England) is an English rock singer and songwriter, most famous for his membership in the rock band Led Zeppelin, but also for his successful solo career. ... The Honeydrippers were an English rock band of the 1980s. ... This article is about the year. ...


Rocker and Phantom formed a trio called Phantom Rocker & Slick (the "Slick" being former David Bowie guitarist Earl Slick), while Setzer went on to a solo career, exchanging his rockabilly focus for a more wide-ranging roots rock/Americana sound on albums such as 1986's The Knife Feels Like Justice. David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ... Earl Slick is a guitarist born in 1952 and best known for his collaborations with David Bowie, though he has also worked with other artists (John Lennon : Double Fantasy, Milk and Honey, Anthology, Wonsaponatime, Yoko Ono, ...) and even released some solo recordings. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A diner, a style of restaurant that notably began in the United States. ...


In 1986, Stray Cats got back together in Los Angeles, and recorded the covers-heavy Rock Therapy, which sold poorly. 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 America, they 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. Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Blast Off is a vertically-scrolling shoot-em-up arcade game that was released by Namco in 1989. ... Stephen Stevie Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990), born in Dallas, Texas, was an American blues guitarist. ... The EMI Group is a major record label, based in the United Kingdom and with operations in over 25 other countries. ... Nile Gregory Rodgers (born September 19, 1952 in New York City) is a prolific and influential musician, composer, arranger, guitarist and music producer, and co-founding member of the seminal multi-platinum hit R&B band Chic, with influential bassist, the late Bernard Edwards. ... Look up Liberation in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ...


However, after a dozen years apart, Stray Cats reunited for a month-long tour of Europe in 2004. A live album culled from those concerts, Rumble In Brixton, included one new studio track, "Mystery Train Kept A Rollin'." Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


As of August 2007, they are currently touring the USA with ZZ Top and The Pretenders.[1] August 2007 is the eighth month of that year. ... ZZ Top is an American blues rock band formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. ... The Pretenders are an Anglo-American rock band. ...


Band members' follow-on careers

Stray Cats have reunited periodically for live performances.


Setzer is still part of his 1990s swing-revival band The Brian Setzer Orchestra. Rocker and Phantom went on to form Swing Cats as well as releasing some solo material. Slim Jim Phantom also plays the drums in another rockabilly band 13 Cats, as well as the Rock and Roll band The Head Cat with Lemmy (Motörhead) and Danny B. Harvey (13 Cats) For the band, see 1990s (band). ... Wikibooks has more about this subject: Swing Dancing The term swing dance is commonly used to refer either to a group of dances developing in response to swing music in the 1920s, 30s and 40s, or to lindy hop, a popular partner dance today. ... The Brian Setzer Orchestra is a swing band formed in 1990 by Stray Cats frontman Brian Setzer. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Lemmy (born Ian Fraiser Kilmister on December 24, 1945, also known as Ian Willis, Lemmy Kilmister, and Lemmy von Motörhead), is an English singer and bass guitarist, most famous for being the founding member of the heavy metal band Motörhead. ... This article is about the band. ...


Brian Setzer has played a number of Gretsch guitars in various stages of modification and customization throughout his career including a signature model produced by Gretsch in the 1990s.He has Seven Grammy nominations. Gretsch is a U.S. musical instrument manufacturer currently being distributed by guitar company Fender and drum craft company Kaman. ... Gretsch is a U.S. musical instrument manufacturer currently being distributed by guitar company Fender and drum craft company Kaman. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ...


They were inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame[1]on October 15, 2006. The Long Island Music Hall of Fame is an organization located in Lake Grove, New York. ... is the 288th day of the year (289th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Discography

Albums

Stray Cats is the first album from the rockabilly band Stray Cats. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Name = Gonna Ball | Type = Album | Artist = Stray Cats | Released = 1981 | Genre = Rockabilly | Label = EMI America | Producer = Dave Edmunds | Gonna Ball is the second album from the rockabilly band Stray Cats. ... Name = Built For Speed | Type = Album | Artist = Stray Cats | Released = 1982 | Genre = Rockabilly | Label = EMI America | Producer = Dave Edmunds | Built For Speed is the first American album from the rockabilly band Stray Cats. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Rant N Rave With The Stray Cats is the fourth album from the rockabilly band Stray Cats. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Singles

  • 1980 "Runaway Boys" - #9 UK
  • 1981 "Rock This Town" - #9 UK
  • 1981 "Stray Cat Strut" - #11 UK
  • 1981 "The Race Is On" - #34 UK
  • 1981 "You Don't Believe Me" - #57 UK
  • 1983 "(She's) Sexy And 17 - #29 UK
  • 1989 "Bring It Back Again" - #64 UK

Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... The Stray Cats are a rockabilly band first formed in 1979 by guitarist/vocalist Brian Setzer (Bloodless Pharaohs/Brian Setzer Orchestra) with school friends Lee Rocker (born Leon Drucker) and Slim Jim Phantom (born James McDonnell) in the Long Island town of Massapequa, New York. ... Stray Cat Strut is the eighth track on the Stray Cats debut album. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.briansetzer.com/tour_main.html

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Stray Cats - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (902 words)
The Stray Cats are a rockabilly band first formed in 1979 by guitarist/vocalist Brian Setzer (Bloodless Pharaohs/Brian Setzer Orchestra) with school friends Lee Rocker (born Leon Drucker) and Slim Jim Phantom (born James McDonnell) in the Long Island town of Massapequa, New York.
After a gig 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.
The Stray Cats returned to the United States, signed with EMI America, and in 1982 released Built for Speed, a combination of their earlier LPs.
Strict Rules about Stray Cats (772 words)
Stray cats will not be encouraged to make this house their permanent residence and will not be petted, played with, or picked up and cuddled.
Stray cats will not climb up the insides of people's pants legs, clinging to the thermal underwear, when they are sharpening their claws on the people nice enough to give them a home.
Stray cats that are already pregnant and searching for a place to have their babies will be given a safe place to have them, comfortably lined with an old blanket or towels.
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