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Encyclopedia > The Stray Cats

Stray Cats was formed by guitarist/vocalist Brian Setzer in the Long Island town of Massapequa, NY, in 1979. At first, Setzer played rockabilly covers in a band called the Tom Cats with his drumming brother Gary and bassist Bob Beecher; however, Setzer soon abandoned that group to join up with newly rechristened school friends Lee Rocker (born Leon Drucker) and Slim Jim Phantom (born James McDonnell). Brian Setzer Brian Setzer (born April 10, 1959 in New York) is an American guitarist and songwriter. ... 1979 is a common year starting on Monday. ... Rockabilly is the earliest form of rock and roll as a distinct style of music. ... Slim Jim Phantom, birth name James McDonnell, was born on March 20, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York. ...


Biography

Stray Cats' retro 1950s look and sound didn't go over well around Long Island, New York so in the summer of 1980, the group headed to England, where a rockabilly revival movement was just beginning to emerge. Millennia: 1st millennium - 2nd millennium - 3rd millennium // Events and trends The 1950s in Western society was marked with a sharp rise in the economy for the first time in almost 30 years and return to the 1920s-type consumer society built on credit and boom-times, as well as the... This article is about Long Island in New York State. ... 1980 is a leap year starting on Tuesday. ...


After one of their gigs 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. Edmunds offered to work with the group, and they entered the studio to record their self-titled debut album, released in England in 1981 on Arista. They were popular right out of the box, scoring three straight hits that year with "Runaway Boys," "Rock This Town," and "Stray Cat Strut." The follow-up, Gonna Ball, wasn't as well received, and stung by the negative reviews, Stray Cats decided to return to the States and make a go of it. They signed with EMI America and in 1982 released their U.S. debut, Built for Speed, which compiled the highlights from their two British LPs. Dave Edmunds (born April 15, 1944) came out of Cardiff, Wales in the late 1960s, fronting a band called Love Sculpture who were playing blues and rocked up classical pieces. ... 1981 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Arista Records was founded in 1975 by Clive Davis, and named after his secondary school honor society. ... 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. ... 1982 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Helped by extensive airplay on MTV at the height of the anything-goes new wave era, "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 the Stray Cats were seen as avatars 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." MTV (abbreviation for Music Television) is a cable television network which was originally devoted to music videos, especially popular rock music. ... 1983 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Personality conflicts began to emerge in the ways the individual members handled their newfound success; Phantom married actress (and former Rod Stewart paramour) 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. Rocker and Phantom immediately teamed up with guitarist Earl Slick and recorded an album as Phantom, Rocker & Slick, while Setzer waited a couple of years before releasing his roots rock solo debut, This Knife Feels Like Justice. By 1986, fences had apparently been mended enough for the Stray Cats to reconvene in Los Angeles and record the covers-heavy Rock Therapy, which didn't sell that well. Rod Stewart Roderick David Stewart (born January 10, 1945 in Highgate, London) is an English singer and songwriter of Scottish descent, most known for his uniquely raspy, gravelly voice and personable singing style, as exemplified in his signature song Maggie May. In a career now entering its fifth decade, Stewart... Britt Ekland Britt Ekland (born October 6, Swedish actress, born in Stockholm. ... Portrait photograph of Bob Dylan taken by Daniel Kramer Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman May 24, 1941) is widely regarded as one of Americas greatest popular songwriters. ... Stephanie Lynn Stevie Nicks (born May 26, 1948 in Phoenix, Arizona) is an American singer and songwriter, best known for her work with Fleetwood Mac. ... Robert Plant performing live on stage at the University of East Anglia in November 2002. ... 1984 is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The trio returned to their respective post-Stray Cats projects, which both released albums that performed disappointingly. 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, the Cats 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. They have since reunited periodically for live performances. 1989 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Stevie Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 in Dallas, Texas – August 27, 1990) was an American blues guitar legend, known as one of the most influential electric blues musicians in history. ... Liberation means to be freed (or change from a state of lacking freedom to having freedom), see freedom. ... 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1992 is a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Setzer, of course, went on to spearhead the 1990s swing revival with his Brian Setzer Orchestra, which performed classic big band swing and jump blues tunes, as well as Setzer originals. Rocker and Phantom went on to form Swing Cats as well as releaseing some solo material // Events and trends The 1990s are generally classified as having moved slightly away from the more conservative 1980s, but keeping the same mind-set. ... The Brian Setzer Orchestra is a swing band formed in 1990 by Stray Cats frontman Brian Setzer. ...


Discography

1981 is a common year starting on Thursday of the 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. ... 1981 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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. ... 1982 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Name = Rant N Rave With The Stray Cats | Type = Album | Artist = Stray Cats | Released = 1983 | Genre = Rockabilly | Label = EMI America | Producer = Dave Edmunds | Rant N Rave With The Stray Cats is the fourth album from the rockabilly band Stray Cats. ... 1983 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1989 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1992 is a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ...

External Links

Official Stray Cats web site Official Brian Setzer web site Official Lee Rocker web site Official Slim Jim Phantom web site


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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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