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  posted on 1/28/2010 at 08:43 AM
No, not the BSO, the Stray Cats! Man they were scary looking but I remember back in the early 80s getting into their music!! Hailing from my neck of the woods (Long Island) they had to go to England in the late 70s to make a name for themselves, playing rockabilly classics and originals. It took them a couple of years and a couple of albums before they were known back in the USA. Their breakthrough was the album BUILD FOR SPEED, which was actually a compilation of their first two records STRAY CATS and GONNA BALL.

I know they were popular, but it always seemed that most Stray Cats fans liked other bands and music more. So consequently, the Stray Cats' formula wore out pretty fast and by the mid 80s they were gone. And then the BSO came around. However I recently got most of their classic stuff on my ipod, and have been digging them ever since.

Any fans of the Stray Cats???









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  posted on 1/28/2010 at 08:48 AM
The 'Cats RAWKED!!! Setzer was retro before retro was cool! They just took rock and rooll and stripped it down - added mag wheels a Hurst shifter and hung fuzzy dice from the rear-view!

Brian Setzer is as good a player as there is out there! These guys were just so much fun!

I loved the "Built for Speed" reference to Willie Dixon's. "Built for Comfort"! Killer band!

 

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  posted on 1/28/2010 at 08:55 AM
I caught them at The Post Office nightclub back in the 80's here in Augusta. What a great show! All great players with lots of energy. I remember their tattoos were pretty rad back in those days. Now it seems commonplace. I'd love to see them come back.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2010 at 09:34 AM
Yes I do and did - saw them on LI in a gym in some college a long time ago -

 

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  posted on 1/28/2010 at 09:42 AM
This band opened for the Rolling Stones at the Fox Theater in Atlanta in 1981. What a bill!

 

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  posted on 1/28/2010 at 09:50 AM
Indeed. They were a smokin' band. I was talking about them the other day at work & everyone said that they liked them. I guess their are alot of us out there. Rockabilly was & always will be the pre-cursor to rock & roll.
 

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  posted on 1/28/2010 at 10:13 AM
I was JUST thinking about them the other day. Amazing how Setzers career has evolved. Got to love him - does what he wants and make it work. Very different style.

Nice post, Rusty.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2010 at 10:22 AM
Being from Long Island, how could a girl not love this band? Could never get Leo to get into BSO either. Setzer is his own creation for sure. Would've liked to have seen one of the reunion tours.

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  posted on 1/28/2010 at 12:06 PM
Yes!!! Love that rockabilly sound! Also enjoy Brian Setzer's big band project. Saw them live once and the whole crowd was jumping, jiving and wailing.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2010 at 12:16 PM
I have pretty much every bit of Stray Cats and BSO music that's been released. My first concert was The Stray Cats with opener the Bus Boys at the Des Moines Civic Center in 1982. I was 12, my brother took me. "Hey man, what's that weird smell?"

I've met Brian Setzer several times over the years as his first wife was from KC and I'd see him at the hotels and bars I worked at. Truly one of the nicest "famous" people I've ever met, and a great tipper, too.

I don't play guitar, but I've always wanted a Gretsch because of him. His custom line is so cool and his various custom finishes are really cool as well.

I know people don't like the BSO but their Christmas shows in particular are just beyond fun.

Here's a great clip of Brian with his guitar going over his sound.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBuMsHB9FRc&feature=player_embedded#

Met Slim Jim and Lee once. Nice guys as well. I want the Cats to regroup and go on tour with Reverend Horton Heat. I'd be in heaven!

 

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  posted on 1/28/2010 at 12:18 PM
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Blast Off
(that's the album of theirs I have)
they opened for Geo. Thorogood one time at Great Woods, fantastic show -- Brian is a darn good guitarist & as was said his big-band stuff rocks out too

 

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  posted on 1/28/2010 at 12:27 PM
Band almost caused me to get a speeding ticket on the Belt parkway they were making me drive so fast!
 

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  posted on 1/28/2010 at 12:28 PM
I only saw part of it, but there is a somewhat recent concert DVD of Brian Setzer live in Tokyo that is really remarkable. He plays some terrific jazzy stuff with a ballsy tone.
 

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  posted on 1/28/2010 at 12:32 PM
I like them, too. I have a cd of their greatest hits or something like that. I've always liked rockabilly.

There's a cool pic of Brian Setzer, Dickey Betts & Johnny Winter showing off their tatoos somewhere - can't seem to find it or I'd post it.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2010 at 12:53 PM
I've always been a rockabilly fan,so liked The Stray Cats from the get go. Never got to see them,but caught BSO with Dylan when they toured together.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2010 at 01:10 PM
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I like them, too. I have a cd of their greatest hits or something like that. I've always liked rockabilly.

There's a cool pic of Brian Setzer, Dickey Betts & Johnny Winter showing off their tatoos somewhere - can't seem to find it or I'd post it.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2010 at 01:39 PM
never saw them live, but remember seeing them on MTV's broadcast of the '83 US festival.

it was rebroadcast recently on VH1 so something might be out there

 

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  posted on 1/28/2010 at 01:54 PM
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This band opened for the Rolling Stones at the Fox Theater in Atlanta in 1981. What a bill!



I saw that show too. The Stones wanted to play the Fox but didnt want to create a crush for the limited number of tickets and didnt want much advance pub.

Remember, even the tickets read The Cockroaches .

 

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I like them, too. I have a cd of their greatest hits or something like that. I've always liked rockabilly.

There's a cool pic of Brian Setzer, Dickey Betts & Johnny Winter showing off their tatoos somewhere - can't seem to find it or I'd post it.




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  posted on 1/28/2010 at 03:37 PM
Absolutely the Stray Cats rock..i had one chance to see them in a club back in 1981 in Providence and beleive it or not they played with Adam Ant...

 

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  posted on 1/28/2010 at 04:39 PM
I bought a tour t-shirt when I saw them at the PO, and I think it's somewhere in one of my kids' dresser drawers now.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2010 at 08:53 PM
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Band almost caused me to get a speeding ticket on the Belt parkway they were making me drive so fast!


That's the least of what can happen on that highway. One night I was coming back from Jersey and inadvertently I cut off a Mercury Cougar. They chased me all the way to Rockville Center when I finally lost them, I knew (sometimes you just do) if they got up right next to me again, I might get shot. The way they chased me, they were going to kill me. 3 of them in, don't know if they were cops, pi**ed off people impersonating cops, mobsters, but I still haven't went back on there if I'm coming out here at night. It was so bad I'd drive all the way up to the George even if it was an extra half hour to not have to drive out that way again.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2010 at 09:42 PM
I got to see BSO open for Bob Dylan about 10 years ago and loved it but never have seen the Stray Cats. I love 'em though! They came last summer with ZZ Top but I didn't have the funds at the time for a ticket. I have bad gas over not going still to this day!

 

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  posted on 1/29/2010 at 04:07 AM
Love those Stray Cats. first all three boys were buddies of mine..They hail from Massapequa, New York, Brian and I are the same age we went to kindergarten together and actually played little league together, we were good friends growing up..He was back then and today a damn good guitar player, enjoy his BSO alot, Leo Rocker . aka Leon Drucker was a little dude in his day but could beat that stand up bass.Slim Jim Phantom..aka Jimmy Mc Donoah. was a cool kid growing up. Brian's first band was called the " bloody Pharoahs" and played a lot in friends garages and high scholl dances and battle of the bands. His younger brother used to play drums with him as well.A couple of cool facts one of my all time buds actually financed their trip to Europe in early 80's before thet came back on their 'Build for Speed Tour" another cool thing was in the summer of '82 they were in Los Angeles played the Palladium for three nights. Had back stage passes for all three shows which was cool, but when back at the hotel where they were staying THE SUNSET MARQUIS. i ran into Rick James in the elevator. and then one night about 4.oo am hanging in Brians room, there was a knock on the door..In came with guitar case in hand Jeff Beck. Oh so very cool for a 23year old, they sat on the bed and jammed for a while,wish there well cell phones back then.And another night Brian and I were at the Whiskey a go go and had drinks with the dude from Flock Of Seagulls the guy with the flipped blonde hair..It was very cool being out there LA in the early 80's as well as having one of your school buddies from the neighborhood become a well respected musician, I mean Brian toured with Robert Plant The Honeydrippers, and played Eddie Cochran in La Bamba. and Palmhead has one of his dont quote me one of his 1966? stratocaster. Our buddie did good, saw Briam a few years back . still a great friend!!

 

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  posted on 1/29/2010 at 05:32 AM
I loved The Cats and I thought Built for Speed was a great record.

I also loved the fact that Brian Setzer was a fellow Eddie Cochran fan and mentioned him often in interviews...

 

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