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I Wanna Cry

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… Keep Reading

These Boots Are Made For Walkin’

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… Keep Reading


(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… Keep Reading

Stop! In the Name of Love

(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. Keep Reading

Phantom, Rocker & Slick - Men Without Shame / Time is on my hands

‘Time is on my Hands’

(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… Keep Reading

‘That Someone Just Ain’t You’

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… Keep Reading

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