Stray Cat Strut

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Not to be confused with Stray Cat Blues.
"Stray Cat Strut"
Single by Stray Cats
from the album Stray Cats / Built for Speed

"Drink That Bottle Down" (UK)

"You Don't Believe Me" (US)
"What's Goin' Down (Cross That Bridge)" (Japan)
Released April 16, 1981 (UK)
June 11, 1982 (US)
Format 7", 12"
Genre Rock and roll
Length 3:15
Label Arista (UK)
EMI America (US)
Writer(s) Brian Setzer
Producer(s) Dave Edmunds
Alternative cover
US 7" single cover

"Stray Cat Strut" is the eighth track on the Stray Cats' debut album, Stray Cats, released in 1981 in the UK. In the US, the song was first released in 1982 on Built for Speed. The song became a hit in the US, peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, over a year after it had reached its number eleven peak in the UK. The music video for the song received extensive airplay on MTV during the channel's early days.[citation needed] The video consists of band members (and extras) performing in an alley while an irate resident throws things at them. It also features scenes from the 1949 MGM cartoon Bad Luck Blackie, and a bass line derived from The Cat Came Back.

In the October 1998 issue of Guitar World magazine, Brian Setzer's solo from "Stray Cat Strut" ranked #92 on the "Top 100 Guitar Solos of All Time" list.[1]

Cover versions[edit]

Brian Setzer later played this song with his new band, The Brian Setzer Orchestra. The band played the song during a recorded concert, and was released on The Ultimate Collection.

In 1989, Spanish rockabilly band Los Renegados covered the song in Spanish as Gato de callejón, which in turn was later covered in 2006 by Jack y Los Daniels.

In 2006, the ska punk band Reel Big Fish covered the song for a compilation entitled Go Cat Go! A Tribute to Stray Cats.

It is also featured as a playable track in the music video game Guitar Hero: On Tour, and was released as downloadable content for Rock Band (though credited to Setzer as a solo artist).


On the seventh season of Dancing with the Stars, Rocco DiSpirito and Karina Smirnoff danced a Foxtrot to this song. William Levy and Cheryl Burke also danced a Foxtrot to this song on the 14th season of the show.


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