Stray Cat Strut
|"Stray Cat Strut"|
|Single by Stray Cats|
|from the album Stray Cats / Built for Speed|
"Drink That Bottle Down" (UK)
"What's Goin' Down (Cross That Bridge)" (Japan)
|Released||April 16, 1981 (UK)
June 11, 1982 (US)
EMI America (US)
"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 No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, over a year after it had reached its No. 11 peak in the UK. The music video for the song received extensive airplay on MTV during the channel's early days. The video consisted of band members (and extras) performing in an alley while an irate resident throws things at them. It also featured scenes from the 1949 MGM cartoon Bad Luck Blackie.
Setzer later played this song with his subsequent band, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, released on The Ultimate Collection.
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.