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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 songs that shaped 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 Saxophone" ^ (
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 ]