Stray Cats-- CLASSIC or Dud? Hint: It starts with C...

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I meant the breathing, purring furries, of course!.................

LIES! ALL LIES!!!

I've been learning to play the drums for about a month now, and I can bang a mean snare. So I figured who better for inspiration than the great Slim Jim Phantom. So I bought one of the million cheap-ass Stray Cats compilations available for 7 bux. Fuck all that revival hot air. These cats were the real thing. It actually amazes me that they're so thoroughly ignored and passed on, for a band that sold 2 million copies of their best selling record. As much as Brian Setzer is a wanker during this day and age, he could write a damn great song in his prime. There aren't many of them, but just enough. I'm leaning very heavily towards classic, based on 6 songs alone: "She's Sexy + 17", "Look At That Cadillac", "Bring It Back Again", "Gene And Eddie", "Rock This Town", and the incredibly rockin' genius that is "Stray Cat Strut". I'm really falling for this band hard. They're quickly becoming one of my fave bands ever (add 'nother one to the neverending list). And I still haven't heard "Runaway Boys". Don't player hate, and don't be a buttwipe. Just...shower them with gifts and heaps o' praise. Thank you, that is all.

Francis Watlington (Francis Watlington), Tuesday, 3 February 2004 00:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Unbelievably DUD. Destroy Stray Cats, Search out The Blasters if you want something close to the real thing. Sorry you asked.

Jim Reckling (Jim Reckling), Tuesday, 3 February 2004 00:43 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

It starts with C...

...rap?

(More seriously, I have some pleasant memories of their US radio hits, never wanted to investigate any further and indeed haven't. I like T. Rex's rockabilly revivals more.)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 3 February 2004 00:44 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I HATE YOU ALL, CUZ Y'ALL HATE PHUN.

Francis Watlington (Francis Watlington), Tuesday, 3 February 2004 00:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Whateva. Everybody's entitled to their own opinion. Mmmhmm. Uhummm.

Francis Watlington (Francis Watlington), Tuesday, 3 February 2004 00:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

They're grrreeaaat!! Great singing and playing, cool look. I used to think Setzer was a cutie way back in the day. The music could be pretty sexy too. I think I have all their stuff.

Sean (Sean), Tuesday, 3 February 2004 00:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Stray Cat Strut" = hideous ripoff of "Blank Generation". Fuck the Stray Cats, and fuck Adam Ant too.

Chris Ott (Chris Ott), Tuesday, 3 February 2004 00:53 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Hey now, no throwing out of baby with bathwater here.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 3 February 2004 00:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Built for Speed is certainly a classic. Not sure about their other stuff, but if you hate that record, you are verily the nemesis of life-enjoyment.

PS: "Stray Cat Strut" owes nothing to "Blank Generation". Cop Shoot Cop want you dead, Ott.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Tuesday, 3 February 2004 01:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Sean's got cat class and Sean's got cat styyyyyle.

Alex: HAHHAHA. Right on, man.

Francis Watlington (Francis Watlington), Tuesday, 3 February 2004 01:02 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Hmmm. Shakin' Stevens and The Darts to thread ;)

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Tuesday, 3 February 2004 01:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Hey Alex, I read yr review of the Coachwhips' Bangers Vs. Fuckers. Those assholes stole my vision of light: 19 mins. of lo fidelity riff-o-rama!

Francis Watlington (Francis Watlington), Tuesday, 3 February 2004 01:06 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Those assholes stole my vision of light

Dammit, man, why aren't you a critic or something? That's a brilliant phrase!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 3 February 2004 01:06 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Ned, stop it. You're making a grown man blush.


Francis Watlington (Francis Watlington), Tuesday, 3 February 2004 01:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Attribute it to me being a bumbling fool with savant tendencies. I'd shit myself silly if I had to prove myself as a critic.

Francis Watlington (Francis Watlington), Tuesday, 3 February 2004 01:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

BUMP...BUM-BUM-BUMP IT UP!

Francis Watlington (Francis Watlington), Tuesday, 3 February 2004 01:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

It's such a gamble when you get a face.

Chris Ott (Chris Ott), Tuesday, 3 February 2004 04:56 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Stray Cat Strut" = hideous ripoff of "Blank Generation".

I can't remember "Blank Generation" off the top of my head, but I made out with hot people during "Stray Cat Strut" AND at least three Adam (and the) Ant(s) records. If these hideous ripoffs be, then Hideous Ripoffs Rule My Soul Et Cetera. I'm starting to worry about that castle in my mind called "Originality" Is Important; its foundation is crack'd, and the walls crumbled long ago.

Begs2Differ, Tuesday, 3 February 2004 06:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Didn't "Blank Generation" rip off Rod McKuen's "Beat Generation", anyway?

I loved the Stray Cats once. I was shocked that they made it so big. I remember when they used to be called the Top Cats and Brian Setzer's little brother was the drummer. And Jayne County was all over him.

Arthur (Arthur), Tuesday, 3 February 2004 06:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Rumble in Brighton" was the Stray Cats greatest song.

Everyone should download "5 Years, 4 Months, 3 Days" off the Brian Setzer '68 Comeback Special album.

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Tuesday, 3 February 2004 06:52 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

Classic-lite regardless of the numerous acts they ripped off with their stray cat paws. And the original poster must've blown his top when he finally heard Runaway Boys.

blunt, Saturday, 27 October 2007 23:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

I loved "Ubangi Stomp" way back when.

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 10 January 2009 00:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

Cud

Geir Hongro, Sunday, 11 January 2009 01:53 (nine years ago) Permalink

Band with the worst fans in history.

The boy with the Arab money (The stickman from the hilarious 'xkcd' comics), Sunday, 11 January 2009 02:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

They were pretty damn good at what they did. I'd have been up for the reunion tour, had anyone actively tried to talk me into it. Kind of spoiled for rockabilly round here, though.

Soukesian, Sunday, 11 January 2009 20:02 (nine years ago) Permalink

STORM THE IRANIAN EMBASSY

"Two Ears" Laybelle (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 11 January 2009 20:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

Didn't like em at the time, but felt warmer towards it recently when a pub had on a greatest hits package at lunchtime. was surprised by how many tunes I remembered.

Dr X O'Skeleton, Sunday, 11 January 2009 21:17 (nine years ago) Permalink

nine years pass...

Around the time Stray Cats went platinum Marshall Crenshaw and his own Stratocaster could barely scrape a top forty entry out of “Someday, Someway”

Because Marshall Crenshaw fucking sucked. (Insert a rewrite of David Lee Roth's joke about Elvis Costello here.) Robert Gordon did a good version of that song, though. Robert Gordon was better than the Stray Cats, but the Cats had a few decent songs.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 02:31 (four months ago) Permalink

While Setzer’s Stratocaster was born to twang through rockabilly clichés

I'll allow it for stylistic/alliterative reasons, but our Mr. Seltzer was always a Gretsch guy.

Eliza D., Tuesday, 12 June 2018 13:20 (four months ago) Permalink

Crenshaw's songs moved and had sinews. Stray Cats were....air.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 13:23 (four months ago) Permalink

Crenshaw's songs moved and had sinews.

Power pop is neither powerful nor popular. Discuss!

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 13:52 (four months ago) Permalink

yeah but it's good

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 14:38 (four months ago) Permalink

Al is otm about Crenshaw, but when I hear "power-pop," I don't really think Crenshaw; I think more of early Who (Townshend coined the term), Kinks, '63-'66 Beatles, Small Faces, the Raspberries, Big Star, Badfinger, and midwestern powerhouses like Cheap Trick and Green.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 14:43 (four months ago) Permalink

Also, fun fact: Crenshaw is currently working on a documentary about legendary producer Tom Wilson.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 14:43 (four months ago) Permalink

It's going to be titled "I Should Have Hired You To Produce 'Field Day'"

Eliza D., Tuesday, 12 June 2018 14:59 (four months ago) Permalink

Stray Cats were a novelty act. I saw them open for Squeeze on Thanksgiving 1982!

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 15:01 (four months ago) Permalink

field day is a really good album

brimstead, Tuesday, 12 June 2018 15:36 (four months ago) Permalink

Setzer tried to shake off the novelty tag by trying his hand as an Earnest Heartland Rocker around '85-'86 ("The Knife Feels Like Justice"). It sucked/didn't work, and he went back to faux-rockabilly.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 15:41 (four months ago) Permalink

xp It is a good album, that sounds awful!

Eliza D., Tuesday, 12 June 2018 15:42 (four months ago) Permalink

Setzer's second solo album, Live Nude Guitars, was a little better; it was a big, loud cross between rockabilly and bloozy hair metal (Junkyard, Little Caesar).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdcKyaVAYzo

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 15:47 (four months ago) Permalink

Robert Gordon was better than the Stray Cats, but the Cats had a few decent songs

ta for the nudge.
years ago I got sent a Robert Gordon cd that I had never given any time for.
a quick dive in the attic and I found it.
turns out it was this release with chris spedding/jordanaires :
and very enjoyable in a retro groove it is.

http://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_400/MI0002/482/MI0002482656.jpg

mark e, Thursday, 14 June 2018 21:11 (four months ago) Permalink

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stirmonster, Thursday, 14 June 2018 23:12 (four months ago) Permalink

It seems they had two trajectories; they had been huge, peaked and been forgotten about in Europe before they even made a dent in the US.

They get classic for Runaway Boys alone. As a 12 year old listening to MOR R&R revival dross that was huge in the UK circa 1980 (such as Darts and Showaddywaddy) it was infinitely more authentic, rowdy and exciting.

stirmonster, Thursday, 14 June 2018 23:19 (four months ago) Permalink


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