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is the first album from the American Stray Cats rockabilly band Stray Cats, first released in the UK by Arista in 1981. It was successful in Britain, peaking at No. 6 on the UK Albums Chart, and produced the UK Top 40 hits " Runaway Boys" (No. 9), " Stray Cat Strut" (No. 11) and " Rock This Town" (No. 9). The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later listed "Rock This Town" as one of the 500 most important songs in the history of rock and roll. [2 ]
The fifth track on the album, "Storm the Embassy", was written about the
Iran hostage crisis of 1979-80.
The album was only later released in the United States after the success of Stray Cats' first American album, 1982's
. However, six of the songs from Built for Speed Stray Cats, including "Stray Cat Strut" and "Rock This Town", were already included on . Built for Speed
Track listing [ edit ]
Runaway Boys" ~ ( Brian Setzer, Jim McDonnell) - 3:03 "Fishnet Stockings" ^ (Brian Setzer) - 2:25
Ubangi Stomp" ^ (Charles Underwood) - 3:14 "
Jeanie, Jeanie, Jeanie" ~ ( George Motola, Ricky Page) - 2:21 "Storm The Embassy" ^ (Brian Setzer,
Slim Jim Phantom) - 4:08 "
Rock This Town" ~ (Brian Setzer) - 3:28 "Rumble in Brighton" ^ (Brian Setzer, Slim Jim Phantom) - 3:16
Stray Cat Strut" ~ (Brian Setzer) - 3:16 "Crawl Up and Die" (Brian Feli, Jim Feli) - 3:13
"Double Talkin' Baby" ~ (Danny Wolfe) - 3:05
"My One Desire" ~ (
Dorsey Burnette) - 2:57 "Wild Saxaphone" ^ (
Roy Montrell, John Marascalco, Robert Blackwell) - 3:01
~ Produced by Dave Edmunds and ^ produced by Brian Setzer & Stray Cats
Personnel [ edit ]
Album - UK Albums Chart(United Kingdom)
UK Top 40
"Rock This Town"
UK Top 40
"Stray Cat Strut"
UK Top 40
In other media [ edit ]
The song "Rock This Town" appeared in the video games
, Guitar Hero II , Donkey Konga , Elite Beat Agents and in the TV show Cars . The Americans
"Stray Cat Strut" is featured in the
Nintendo DS game . Guitar Hero: On Tour
"Ubangi Stomp" was featured in the 1998
South Korean film , and in the 2005 Russian film, The Quiet Family Dead Man's Bluff ( Жмурки).
References [ edit ]