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The Brian Setzer Orchestra

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Brian Setzer (born April 10, 1959 in New York) is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter whose popular big band orchestra is most appreciated commercially for their swinging take on Christmas holiday classics.

Early in his career Setzer was a member of the NYC band Bloodless Pharaohs, and later fronted the popular rockabilly revival band, Stray Cats. The Stray Cats particularly caught America’s attention with the 1982 album Built for Speed, which included the two Top Ten hits, “Rock This Town” (#9) and “Stray Cat Strut” (#3), as well as with the follow-up 1983 album Rant ‘N Rave, which included the two successful singles “(She’s) Sexy + 17” (#5), and “I Won’t Stand In Your Way” (#35).

In the mid 1990s, Setzer led a comeback of sorts for swing music and big band music, when he formed Brian Setzer Orchestra. The band has released at least 5 albums to date and one live DVD. This group had one hit, “Jump, Jive, and Wail” around the same time swing revival acts like the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies’ “Zoot Suit Riot” had been received favorably in mainstream America.

Brian Setzer also recorded some solo albums during Stray Cats’ break in the 1980s along with some in the 1990s. In 2001 he released an album titled Ignition with his band ‘68 Comeback Special. A new solo album titled Rockabilly Riot Vol. 1: A Tribute To Sun Records was released on July 26, 2005, in the United States.

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  • Lowbacca

    BOOGIE WOOGIE CHRISTMAS

    2 Dec 2013 Reply
  • werner_x

    I had to take probably at least 5-year break from this band, after i had listened to it too much in the past.. Still sounds good, but have to take it in small doses. I don't want to have to experience the same thing again...

    8 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Re-Kramer

    How just a single man and a guitar can release such a ridicolously huge amount of awesomeness will remain an eternal mistery in the human history. One day we'll colonize Mars, sail through galaxies and ...... still no one will ever understand how this man can rock so-fucking-hard. [3]

    1 May 2013 Reply
  • frisbeer

    How just a single man and a guitar can release such a ridicolously huge amount of awesomeness will remain an eternal mistery in the human history. One day we'll colonize Mars, sail through galaxies and ...... still no one will ever understand how this man can rock so-fucking-hard. [2]

    15 Apr 2013 Reply
  • alexandramkjw

    Love all of his work, but as of right now, this is my favourite :)

    22 Mar 2013 Reply
  • OdpadAtomowy

    Somehow Brian's voice reminds me of Frank Sinatra.

    19 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Adrian_Lacrima

    over the top!

    31 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Re-Kramer

    It's unbelievable but everything Brian does is great and this band is not exception! Long live Brian Setzer!

    3 Jan 2012 Reply
  • AnaGarcez

    I don't like to write in capital letters, but... AMAZING!

    6 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Efyltopos

    come come to polaand

    14 Jun 2011 Reply
  • anthony_fish

    Cool! Drive, drugs, dude, dance!

    16 Mar 2011 Reply
  • rui-g

    Amazing BSO!!

    21 Jan 2011 Reply
  • HaByul

    I completely agree with justanotherider LOL

    12 Jan 2011 Reply
  • ideal_insomnia

    Yay! Best music for Christmas!

    2 Jan 2011 Reply
  • justanotherider

    How just a single man and a guitar can release such a ridicolously huge amount of awesomeness will remain an eternal mistery in the human history. One day we'll colonize Mars, sail through galaxies and play table tennis with quantum mechanics...still none will ever understand how this man can rock so-fucking-hard.

    24 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Alex_Gubarev

    Ну че, нормальный чел!!

    20 Dec 2010 Reply
  • metroid90

    i think i can remember those eyes! eyes eyes eyes

    15 Nov 2010 Reply
  • PaulStRanger

    Go Cat Go ;)

    2 Nov 2010 Reply
  • DeMesArts

    Is there going to be a Christmas tour this year?

    26 Sep 2010 Reply
  • yarrrgh

    There should be a pic of the whole orchestra on this page, and current pic on Brian Setzer's.

    23 Sep 2010 Reply
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