Stray Cats (album)

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Stray Cats
Stray Cats cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1981
Recorded1980-1981
Genre
Length37:11
LabelArista
ProducerDave Edmunds
Stray Cats chronology
Stray Cats
(1981)
Gonna Ball
(1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]

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

The album was successful in Britain, peaking at No. 6 on the UK Albums Chart, and produced the UK Top 40 hits "Runaway Boys" (No. 9), "Rock This Town" (No. 9) and "Stray Cat Strut" (No. 11).[2] The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later listed "Rock This Town" as one of the "500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll".[3][4]

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]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Runaway Boys"Brian Setzer, Jim McDonnellDave Edmunds3:03
2."Fishnet Stockings"Brian SetzerBrian Setzer & Stray Cats2:25
3."Ubangi Stomp"Charles UnderwoodBrian Setzer and Stray Cats3:14
4."Jeanie, Jeanie, Jeanie"George Motola, Ricky PageDave Edmunds2:21
5."Storm the Embassy"Brian Setzer, Slim Jim PhantomBrian Setzer and Stray Cats4:08
6."Rock This Town"Brian SetzerDave Edmunds3:28
7."Rumble in Brighton"Brian Setzer, Slim Jim PhantomBrian Setzer and Stray Cats3:16
8."Stray Cat Strut"Brian SetzerDave Edmunds3:16
9."Crawl Up and Die"Brian Feli, Jim FeliDave Edmunds3:13
10."Double Talkin' Baby"Danny WolfeDave Edmunds3:05
11."My One Desire"Dorsey BurnetteDave Edmunds2:57
12."Wild Saxaphone"Roy Montrell, John Marascalco, Robert BlackwellBrian Setzer and Stray Cats3:01

In popular culture[edit]

"Rock This Town" was featured in the 2006 video games Guitar Hero II, Cars[5] and Elite Beat Agents.,[6] 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).

Personnel[edit]

Stray Cats
Additional personnel

Charts[edit]

Album - UK Albums Chart(United Kingdom)

Year Chart Position
1981 UK Albums 6

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
November 1980 "Runaway Boys" UK Top 40 9
February 1981 "Rock This Town" UK Top 40 9
April 1981 "Stray Cat Strut" UK Top 40 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mawer, Sharon. "Stray Cats – Stray Cats". AllMusic. Retrieved May 22, 2014.
  2. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/18719/stray-cats/
  3. ^ https://consequenceofsound.net/2018/01/brian-setzers-stray-cats-to-reunite-for-first-show-in-10-years/
  4. ^ "Rocklist.net...Steve Parker...Rock and Roll Hall of Fame". Rocklistmusic.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-10-24.
  5. ^ "Cars", IMDb, June 5, 2006, retrieved September 10, 2016
  6. ^ "Elite Beat Agents", IMDb, November 6, 2006, retrieved October 11, 2017