Rant n' Rave with the Stray Cats

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Rant n' Rave with the Stray Cats
Rant N Rave cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1983
GenreRockabilly
Length30:37
LabelEMI America
ProducerDave Edmunds
Stray Cats chronology
Built for Speed
(1982)
Rant n' Rave with the Stray Cats
(1983)
Rock Therapy
(1986)

Rant n' Rave with the Stray Cats is the third studio album by American rockabilly band Stray Cats, released in August 1983 by EMI America. It was produced by Dave Edmunds. The album featured the No. 5 hit "(She's) Sexy + 17" and Top 40 hit "I Won't Stand in Your Way."

Critical reception[edit]

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 was an improvement over "Built for Speed's prettification", but felt that, despite his improved guitar playing, Brian Setzer was a poor songwriter and "a preening panderer, mythologizing his rockin' '50s with all the ignorant cynicism of a punk poser".[1] 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".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Brian Setzer; except where indicated

  1. "Rebels Rule"
  2. "Too Hip, Gotta Go"
  3. "Look at That Cadillac"
  4. "Something's Wrong With My Radio" (Setzer, Slim Jim Phantom, Lee Rocker)
  5. "18 Miles to Memphis"
  6. "(She's) Sexy + 17"
  7. "Dig Dirty Doggie"
  8. "I Won't Stand in Your Way"
  9. "Hotrod Gang"
  10. "How Long You Wanna Live, Anyway?" (Setzer, Slim Jim Phantom, Lee Rocker)
  11. "Lucky Charm (Ooh Wee Suzy)" (Japan Release Bonus Track)

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (United States)

Year Chart Position
1983 The Billboard 200 27

Singles - Billboard (United States)

Year Single Chart Position
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christgau, Robert (November 11, 1983). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Rant N Rave with the Stray Cats - Stray Cats". Allmusic. Retrieved July 3, 2013.