Rant n' Rave with the Stray Cats
|Rant n' Rave with the Stray Cats|
|Studio album by Stray Cats|
|Stray Cats chronology|
Rant n' Rave with the Stray Cats is the third album from the rockabilly band Stray Cats, released in 1983 (see 1983 in music). The album featured the No. 5 hit "(She's) Sexy + 17" and Top 40 hit "I Won't Stand in Your Way." The album is out of print on CD in the U.S.
In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, music critic Robert Christgau gave the album a "B-" and said that its "bigger and rawer" sound is an improvement over "Built for Speed's prettification", but felt that, despite his improved guitar playing, Brian Setzer is a poor songwriter and "a preening panderer, mythologizing his rockin' '50s with all the ignorant cynicism of a punk poser." In a retrospective review for Allmusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars and said that the album "sounded identical" to Built for Speed and was just as strong because of the hits "(She's) Sexy + 17" and "I Won't Stand in Your Way".
All tracks composed by Brian Setzer; except where indicated
- "Rebels Rule"
- "Too Hip, Gotta Go"
- "Look at That Cadillac"
- "Something's Wrong With My Radio" (Setzer, Slim Jim Phantom, Lee Rocker)
- "18 Miles to Memphis"
- "(She's) Sexy + 17"
- "Dig Dirty Doggie"
- "I Won't Stand in Your Way"
- "Hotrod Gang"
- "How Long You Wanna Live, Anyway?" (Setzer, Slim Jim Phantom, Lee Rocker)
- "Lucky Charm (Ooh Wee Suzy)" (Japan Release Bonus Track)
- Brian Setzer - guitar, vocals
- Lee Rocker - bass, vocals
- Slim Jim Phantom - drums
- 14 Karat Soul - background vocals
- Mel Collins - saxophone
- Geraint Watkins - piano
- David Thurmond - background vocals
- Russell Fox II - background vocals
- Gavin Cochrane - Photography
Album - Billboard (United States)
|1983||The Billboard 200||27|
Singles - Billboard (United States)
|1983||"(She's) Sexy + 17"||The Billboard Hot 100||5|
|1983||"I Won't Stand in Your Way"||The Billboard Hot 100||35|
|1984||"Look at That Cadillac"||The Billboard Hot 100||68|