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MEMBERS: Brian Setzer, Lee Rocker (Leon Drucker), Slim Jim Phantom (Jim McDonnell)
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BIRTHDAYS: Brian Setzer (April 10, 1959) - Slim Jim Phantom (March 20, 1961)
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "Stray Cat Strut" (1983)
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BIGGEST LP: Built For Speed (1982)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 0

 
TIMELINE

Stray Catsbutton.gif (123 bytes) The 'Rockabilly' trio, the Stray Cats formed in 1979 in New York with Brian Setzer on vocals and guitars, Lee Rocker on bass, and Slim Jim Phantom on drums. The Stray Cats first found success with their Rockabilly sound in the UK with the Top 10 hit "Runway Boys" before hitting it big in the US.

1981...

February
Stray Cats LPbutton.gif (123 bytes) Stray Cats was released overseas and produced by Dave Edmunds. The hit "Rock This Town" went Top 10 in the UK. Other songs to chart in the UK included "Stray Cat Strut," "The Race Is On," and "You Don't Believe Me."

November
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Gonna Ball was released overseas.

1982...# 85 Singles Artist of the Year

June
Stray Cats - Built For Speedbutton.gif (123 bytes) Stray Cats released their US debut LP Built For Speed.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Stray Cats hit the Top 40 with "
Rock This Town."

November
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Built For Speed was certified gold.

December
Stray Cats - "Rock This Town" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Built For Speed was certified platinum.
button.gif (123 bytes) Stray Cats hit the
Top 10 with "Rock This Town."

1983...# 14 Singles Artist of the Year

January
Stray Cats - "Stray Cat Strut" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Stray Cats hit the Top 40 with "Stray Cat Strut."

February
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Top 10 with "Stray Cat Strut."
button.gif (123 bytes) Stray Cats were nominated for a
Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

August
Stray Cats - "(She's) Sexy + 17" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Stray Cats released Rant N' Rave With The Stray Cats.
button.gif (123 bytes) Stray Cats hit the Top 40 with "
(She's) Sexy + 17."

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Stray Cats hit the
Top 10 with "(She's) Sexy + 17."

October
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Rant N' Rave With The Stray Cats was certified gold.

December
Stray Cats - "I Won't Stand In Your Way" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Stray Cats hit the Top 40 with "I Won't Stand In Your Way."
from the LP
Rant 'N Rave With The Stray Cats
ARC chart run: 38 - 35 - 33 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 202
available for download at
iTunes and Amazon.mp3

1984...

September
Stray Cats - Rant N' Rave With The Stray Catsbutton.gif (123 bytes) The video for "(She's) Sexy + 17" was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography.

button.gif (123 bytes) By the end of the year, conflicts with the group resulted in Stray Cats breaking up. Phantom and Rocker went on to team up with Earl Slick to form Phantom, Rock & Slick, while Setzer attempted a solo career.

1986...

Stray Cats - Rock Therapybutton.gif (123 bytes) The trio reunited to record Rock Therapy and then returned to their other musical projects.

1989...

button.gif (123 bytes) Blast Off! was released with the Stray Cats reuniting once again.

1990...

Stray Cats - Let's Go Faster!button.gif (123 bytes) Let's Go Faster! was released.

1992...

November
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Greatest Hits was released.

1993...

Stray Cats - Original Coolbutton.gif (123 bytes) Original Cool was released and soon the Stray Cats decided to go in separate directions once again.

1994...

November
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Choo Choo Hot Fish was released.

1997...

January
Stray Cats - Runaway Boys: A Retrospective '81-'82button.gif (123 bytes) Runaway Boys: A Retrospective '81-'82 was released.

1998...

button.gif (123 bytes) Setzer went on to find further success with the Brian Setzer Orchestra.

October
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The Best Of The Stray Cats was released.

2000...

January
Stray Cats - Greatest Hitsbutton.gif (123 bytes) Stray Cats released their Greatest Hits.

2004...

January
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The Story Of The Stray Cats was released.

November
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LPs
Stray Cats LP Stray Cats
Released: February, 1981
Tracks: "Runaway Boys" - "Fishnet Stockings" - "Ubangi Stomp" - "Jeannie, Jeannie, Jeannie" - "Storm The Embassy" - "Rock This Town" - "Rumble In Brighton" - "Stray Cat Strut" - "Crawl Up And Die" - "Double Talkin' Baby" - "My One Desire" - "Wild Saxophone"
Stray Cats - Gonna Ball Gonna Ball
Released: November, 1981
Tracks: "Baby Blue Eyes" - "Little Miss Prissy" - "Wasn't That Good" - "Cryin' Shame" - "(She'll Stay Just) One More Day" - "You Don't Believe Me" - "Gonna Ball" - "Wicked Whisky" - "Rev It Up And Go" - "Lonely Summer Nights" - "Crazy Mixed-Up Kid"
Stray Cats - Built For Speed Built For Speed
Released: June, 1982
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 2
Rolling Stone: 2 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Rock This Town" - "Built For Speed" - "Rev It Up & Go" - "Stray Cat Strut" - "Little Miss Prissy" - "Rumble In Brighton" - "Runaway Boys" - "Lonely Summer Nights" - "Double Talkin' Baby" - "You Don't Believe Me" - "Jeannie, Jeannie, Jeannie" - "Baby Blue Eyes"
Stray Cats - Rant N' Rave With The Stray Cats Rant N' Rave With The Stray Cats
Released: August, 1983
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 14
Tracks: "Rebels Rule" - "Too Hip, Gotta Go" - "Look At That Cadillac" - "Something's Wrong With My Radio" - "18 Miles To Memphis" - "Lookin' Better Every Beer" - "(She's) Sexy + 17" - "Dig Dirty Doggy" - "I Won't Stand In Your Way" - "Hotrod Gang" - "How Long You Wanna Live, Anyway?" - "Lucky Charm (Ooh Wee Suzy)"
Stray Cats - Rock Therapy Rock Therapy
Released: 1986
Billboard peak: # 122
Tracks: "Rock Therapy" - "Reckless" - "Race With The Devil" - "Looking For Someone To Love" - "I Wanna Cry" - "I'm A Rocker" - "Beautiful Delilah" - "One Hand Loose" - "Broken Man" - "Change Of Heart"
Stray Cats - Blast Off! Blast Off!
Released:1989
Billboard peak: # 111
Rolling Stone: 2 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Blast Off" - "Gina" - "Everybody Needs Rock 'N Roll" - "Gene And Eddie" - "Rockabilly Blues" - "Bring It Back Again" - "Slip, Slip, Slippin' In" - "Rockabilly World" - "Rockin' All Over The Place" - "Nine Lives"
Stray Cats - Let's Go Faster! Let's Go Faster!
Released: 1990
Tracks: "Cross Of Love" - "Town Without Pity" - "Shotgun Baby" - "Struck By Lightning Twice" - "Thing About You" - "Baby Don't Drag Me Down" - "Tight Black Leather" - "Give It To Me" - "Let's Go Faster" - "Keep On Running" - "Runaway Train"
Stray Cats - Greatest Hits Greatest Hits
Released: November, 1992
Tracks: "Rock This Town" - "Stray Cat Strut" - "(She's) Sexy + 17" - "I Won't Stand In Your Way" - "Look At That Cadillac" - "18 Miles To Memphis" - "Runaway Boys" - "Too Hip, Gotta Go" - "Rev It Up And Go" - "Hotrod Gang"
Stray Cats - Original Cool Original Cool
Released:1993
Tracks: "Somethin' Else" - "Oh Boy" - "20 Flight Rock" - "I Fought The Law" - "Lonesome Tears" - "Your True Love" - "Be-Bop-A-Lula" - "Blue Jean Bop" - "Can't Help Falling In Love" - "Flying Saucers Rock 'N Roll" - "Train Kept A-Rollin'" - "Stood Up" - "Let It Rock" - "Trying To Get To You" - "Chet Ditty (Hidden Charms)"
Stray Cats - Choo Choo Hot Fish Choo Choo Hot Fish
Released: November, 1994
Tracks: "Elvis On Velvet" - "Crybaby" - "Please Don't Touch" - "Sleepwalk" - "Lust N Love" - "Beautiful Blues" - "Cross Of Love" - "Can't Go Back To Memphis" - "Jade Idol" - "My Heart Is A Liar" - "Mystery Train"
Stray Cats - Runaway Boys: A Retrospective '81-'82 Runaway Boys: A Retrospective '81-'82
Released: January, 1997
Tracks: "Rock This Town" - "Fishnet Stockings" - "Built For Speed" - "Rev It Up * Go" - "Stray Cat Strut" - "Rumble In Brighton" - "My One Desire" - "Runaway Boys" - "You Can't Hurry Love" - "Baby Blue Eyes" - "Lonely Summer Nights" - "Cruisin'" - "18 Miles From Memphis" - "Something's Wrong With My Radio" - "I Won't Stand In Your Way" - "Lucky Charm" - "(She's) Sexy + 17" - "Lookin' Better Every Beer" - "Race With The Devil" - "I Fought The Law" - "Blast Off" - "Bring It Back Again" - "Gene And Eddie" - "Give It To Me" - "Elvis On Velvet"
Stray Cats - The Best Of The Stray Cats The Best Of The Stray Cats
Released: October, 1998
Tracks: "Rock This Town" - "Look At That Cadillac" - "Bring It Back Again" - "Stray Cat Strut" - "Gene And Eddie" - "Race With The Devil" - "(She's) Sexy + 17" - "I Won't Stand In Your Way" - "You Can't Hurry Love" - "Baby Blue Eyes"
Stray Cats - Greatest Hits
Available for download at iTunes
Greatest Hits
Released: January, 2000
Tracks: "Rock This Town" - "Stray Cat Strut" - Rumble In Brighton" - "Built For Speed" - "Rev It Up & Go" - "Runaway Boys" - "(She's) Sexy + 17" - "Look At That Cadillac" - "I Won't Stand In Your way" - "18 Miles From Memphis" - "Gene And Eddie" - "Bring It Back Again" - "Blast Off" - "Race With The Devil" - "Rumble In Brighton" (live) - "Stray Cat Strut" (live) - "Rock This Town" (live)
Stray Cats - The Story Of The Stray Cats The Story Of The Stray Cats
Released: January, 2004
Tracks: "Stray Cat Strut" - "Rock This Town" - "Rebels Rule" - "Built For Speed" - "Little Miss Prissy" - "Too Hip Gotta To Go" - "My One Desire" - "I Won't Stand In Your Way" - "C'mon Everybody" (live) - "Fishnet Stockings" - "Runaway Boys" - "(She's) Sexy + 17" - "Baby Blue Eyes" - "Jeannie, Jeannie, Jeannie" - "You Don't Believe Me" - "Ubangi Stomp" - "Double Talkin' Baby" - "Storm The Embassy" - "Rumble In Brighton" - "Gonna Ball" - "Lonely Summer Nights" - "Dig Dirty Doggy" - "Cryin' Shame" - "Something's Wrong With My Radio" - "Wicked Whisky" - "Hotrod Gang" - "Wild Saxophone" - "Wasn't That Good" - "18 Miles To Memphis" - "(She'll Stay Just) One More Day" - "Crawl Up And Die" - "Crazy Mixed Up Kid" - "How Long You Wanna Live, Anyway?" - "Rev It Up And Go" - "Look At That Cadillac"
Stray Cats - Rumble In Brixton Rumble In Brixton
Released: November, 2004
Live Tracks: "Rumble In Brighton" - "Double Takin' Baby" - "Something's Wrong With My Radio" - "Ubangi Stomp" - "Stray Cat Strut" - "Gene & Eddie" - "Too Hip Gotta Go" - "Sleepwalk" - "I Won't Stand In Your Way" - "My Baby Left Me" - "Blast Off" - "18 Miles To Memphis" - "Bring It Back Again" - "Fishnet Stockings" - "Runaway Boys" - "Rock This Town" - "That's All Right" - "Good Rockin' Tonight" - "Twenty Flight Rock" - "(She's) Sexy + 17" - "Please Don't Touch" - "Mystery Train Kept A Rollin'"
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