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Massapequa, New York, United States (1980 – 1984, 1986 – 1986, 1989 – 1993, 2004 – present)

Stray Cats is a band which formed in 1980 in Massapequa, New York, United States. The band consists of Brian Setzer (vocals, guitar), Lee Rocker (bass) and Slim Jim Phantom (drums). The band released two successful albums in the United Kingdom in 1981 before releasing their American debut album “Built for Speed” the following year. The band’s singles “Stray Cat Strut” and “Rock This Town” were successful in multiple countries.

The group, whose style was based upon the sounds of Sun Records artists and other artists from the 1950s, were heavily influenced by Eddie Cochran, Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent and Bill Haley & His Comets. The Stray Cats quickly developed a large following in the New York music scene playing at CBGB and Max’s Kansas City as well as venues on Long Island. When the Cats heard a rumor that there was a revival of the 1950s Teddy Boy youth subculture in England, the band moved to the UK. They then spearheaded the nascent rockabilly revival, by blending the 1950s Sun Studio sound with modern punk musical elements. In terms of visual style the Stray Cats also blended elements of 1950 rockabilly clothes such as wearing drape jackets, brothel creepers and western shirts with punk clothes such as tight black zipper trousers and modern versions of 1950s hair styles.


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  • GhostHaunted

    They deserve more listeners than they have.

    9 Jan 12:58pm Reply
  • KelvenAraujo

    Best Rocker :)

    8 Dec 2014 Reply
  • viathin12

    stray cat strutten :)

    1 Sep 2014 Reply
  • ASummerKiss

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    4 Aug 2014 Reply
  • d1lll1nger

    CATS !

    26 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Isis-Osiris

    Не, как ни крути, группа шикарна, все работы на уровне (ого-го каком причём), но соглашусь, что первый альбом самый-самый. Кстати, сольники и сайд-проекты у Брайана тоже хороши.

    15 Mar 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    забойный первый альбом, остальные работы неизменно качественны, но во многом повторяют находки предыдущих лет

    9 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Nickandroff

    Вот до сих пор не пойму в чем прикол этой группы. Вроде как легенды, все дела, но песни совершенно обычные, т.е. послушал-забыл. На первом альбоме есть несколько сочных, драйвовых и запоминающихся песен [ Rock This Town / Ubangi Stomp / Rumble in Brighton / Runaway Boys ], а дальше филлер на филлере.

    13 Feb 2014 Reply
  • rock-n-road

    Go Cat Go (4)

    2 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Isis-Osiris

    Classy, wonderful band!

    3 Jan 2014 Reply
  • blackspells

    Cat Class & Cat Style

    27 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Kyonil


    27 Nov 2013 Reply
  • YasamanSixX

    i love this bitches

    14 Sep 2013 Reply
  • k_naruchiha94

    Great band to listen while driving in the highway.

    6 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Psychobitxx


    22 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Re-Kramer

    Go Cat Go (3)

    23 Dec 2012 Reply
  • TheDarkSide73

    Go Cat Go (2) Great Band

    7 Dec 2012 Reply
  • matheusramone10

    Go cat, go!

    30 Oct 2012 Reply
  • gl0169

    Brian Setzer rocks

    26 Oct 2012 Reply
  • RaiqueThrasher

    Definitely one of the best bands ever.

    27 Sep 2012 Reply
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