Stray Cats-o-pedia

I Wanna Cry

Mar 12th, 2016 | By

Written by Lee Rocker and Slim Jim Phantom « I Wanna Cry » appeared Rock Therapy. Lee sings lead on this composition co-written with Slim Jim. It’s very far from the rockabilly style the band created and sounds as it may been intended to be include on a Phantom, Rocker and Slick album. Actually it is unclear…

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These Boots Are Made For Walkin’

Mar 12th, 2016 | By

Written by Lee Hazlewood Lee Hazlewood first considered to record this song but finally gave it to Nancy Sinatra who recorded it in 1966. While on tour in Australia in March 1991, the Stray Cats stopped by W-Club/Triple J Studios in Perth, Australia and did a live appearance on the « Live On The Wireless ». It…

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‘Rockhouse’

Oct 12th, 2015 | By

(Harold Jenkins – Sam Phillips) Original by Roy Orbison  The band played that Rockabilly gem only once at the Roy Orbison tribute concert taped in Hollywood (at the Universal Amphitheatre) and shown throughout the U.S. on cable television on February 24, 1990. Brian Setzer later made a studio version for his “Rockabilly Riot – Tribute…

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Stop! In the Name of Love

Oct 12th, 2015 | By

(Holland – Dozier – Holland) Original by the Supremes A number one single for the Supremes in 1965. The Stray Cats never  did a studio version and only performed it on stage once on December 31, 1980 at The Venue in London. This is not a great rendition and sounds rather unrehearsed.



‘Time is on my Hands’

Oct 12th, 2015 | By

(Slim Jim Phantom – Lee Rocker) Sung by Lee Rocker, “Time Is On My Hand” was only performed live three times by the Stray Cats. It was shortly before the band split, during Summer of 1984 (July – Lyon, France, August, 1st – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and August 6th – Chicago, Illinois) with Tommy Byrnes on…

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‘That Someone Just Ain’t You’

Mar 29th, 2015 | By

written by Brian Setzer This song dates from the 90’s. It was planned to be recorded for “Let’s Go Faster” and went as far as the demo version (one can hear it on the bootleg album featuring those demos) but didn’t make it on the album. It was only performed once by the Stray Cats…

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‘I Fought the Law’

Juil 4th, 2014 | By

(Sonny Curtis) Original by The Crickets Sonny Curtis was the guitar player for the Crickets. After “Rock Around With Ollie Vee” for Buddy Holly (also covered by the Stray Cats) he wrote this rebel anthem in 1960. In 1966, Bobby Fuller made a hit with this song and the Clash covered it on their debut…

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‘Bring it Back Again’

Juil 4th, 2014 | By

(Brian Setzer – Lee Rocker – Slim Jim Phantom – Jonnie Barnett) This song was co-written with Jonnie Barnett (real name Jonathan Barnett Kaye – 1946-2002) and was recorded for “Blast Off ” (first song of side B) and relesased as a single backed with a live version of Runaway Boys for the 7″. The…

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‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’

Juil 4th, 2014 | By

Original penned by Freddy Mercury and performed by Queen Queen recorded this song in 1979 and it’s the closest thing to Rockabilly they ever did. It peaked at number two in UK and number one in US in 1980. The Stray Cats briefly played it on stage during the 1992 tour, generally as an encore….

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‘Rip It Up’

Avr 9th, 2014 | By

A cover of the Little Richard’s hit penned by the team Robert Blackwell and John Marascalco. In 1956 the song went number one on the R&B Best Sellers chart for two weeks and number seventeen on the pop chart. Bill Haley, Gene Vincent, and Elvis Presley also recorded it in the 50’s. Buddy Holly demoed…

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