Stray Cats (album)

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Stray Cats
Stray Cats cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1981
StudioEden Studios, Chiswick, London; Jam Studios, London N4
Stray Cats chronology
Stray Cats
Gonna Ball
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Record Mirror5/5 stars[2]

Stray Cats is the first studio album by American rockabilly band Stray Cats, first released in the United Kingdom by Arista Records in February 1981. It was produced by the band and Dave Edmunds.

The album was successful in Britain, peaking at No. 6 on the UK Albums Chart, and produced the UK Singles Chart top 40 hits "Runaway Boys" (No. 9), "Rock This Town" (No. 9) and "Stray Cat Strut" (No. 11).[3] The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later listed "Rock This Town" as one of the "500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll".[4][5]

The fifth track on the album, "Storm the Embassy", was written about the Iran hostage crisis of 1979–80.

The album was only issued in the United States after the success of the band's first American album, 1982's Built for Speed. However, six of the songs from Stray Cats ("Rock This Town", "Stray Cat Strut", "Rumble in Brighton", "Runaway Boys", "Double Talkin' Baby" and "Jeanie, Jeanie, Jeanie") were already included on Built for Speed.

Track listing[edit]

1."Runaway Boys"Dave Edmunds3:03
2."Fishnet Stockings"Setzer
  • Setzer
  • Stray Cats
3."Ubangi Stomp"Charles Underwood
  • Setzer
  • Stray Cats
4."Jeanie, Jeanie, Jeanie"
5."Storm the Embassy"
  • Setzer
  • Phantom
  • Setzer
  • Stray Cats
6."Rock This Town"SetzerEdmunds3:28
7."Rumble in Brighton"
  • Setzer
  • Phantom
  • Setzer
  • Stray Cats
8."Stray Cat Strut"SetzerEdmunds3:16
9."Crawl Up and Die"
  • Brian Feli
  • Jim Feli
10."Double Talkin' Baby"Danny WolfeEdmunds3:05
11."My One Desire"Dorsey BurnetteEdmunds2:57
12."Wild Saxophone"
  • Setzer
  • Stray Cats

In popular culture[edit]

"Rock This Town" was featured in the 2006 video games Guitar Hero II, Cars[6] and Elite Beat Agents.,[7] and in the TV show The Americans (2013).

On the seventh season of Dancing with the Stars, Rocco DiSpirito and Karina Smirnoff danced a foxtrot to "Stray Cat Strut". William Levy and Cheryl Burke also danced a foxtrot to this song on the 14th season of the show.

"Ubangi Stomp" was featured in the 1998 South Korean film The Quiet Family, and in the 2005 Russian film Dead Man's Bluff (Жмурки).


Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.[8]


Chart (1981) Peak
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[9] 41
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[10] 4
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[11] 2
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[12] 24
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 3
UK Albums (OCC)[14] 6


Region Certification Certified units/sales
New Zealand (RMNZ)[15] Platinum 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[16] Gold 100,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ Mawer, Sharon. "Stray Cats – Stray Cats". AllMusic. Retrieved May 22, 2014.
  2. ^ Nicholls, Mike (February 21, 1981). "Triff Quiffs". Record Mirror. London. p. 16.
  3. ^ "Stray Cats". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  4. ^
  5. ^ " Parker...Rock and Roll Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2011-10-24.
  6. ^ "Cars", IMDb, June 5, 2006, retrieved September 10, 2016
  7. ^ "Elite Beat Agents", IMDb, November 6, 2006, retrieved October 11, 2017
  8. ^ Stray Cats (liner notes). Stray Cats. Arista Records. 1981. STRAY 1.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  9. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 297. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  10. ^ " – Stray Cats – Stray Cats" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  11. ^ " – Stray Cats – Stray Cats". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  12. ^ " – Stray Cats – Stray Cats". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  13. ^ " – Stray Cats – Stray Cats". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  14. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  15. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Stray Cats – Stray Cats". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  16. ^ "British album certifications – Stray Cats – Stray Cats". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved December 3, 2020.Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Stray Cats in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.