Citizenship : United States
BiographyThis command is probably edintstvennaya of its kind, which tried in the early `80s to revive the seemingly long since dead rockabilly.
The founder of the group was Brian Setzer (guitar, vocals), a teenager from New York`s Long Island. In the beginning, he amused himself that he played rockabilly covers 50-ies in the group under the name "Tom cats" in the company with his little brother Gary on drums and Bob Beecher bass. Then he gave the command and cooperated with their school friends Leon Drucker (renamed the Lee Rocker) and James McDonnell (a new name Slim Jim Phantom) . The guys tried to play in New York bars ,but retro music there the audience a little pinned because in America reigned disco era.
And in one of the bars they met an Englishman Tony Bidgud, who said the guys in England rockabilly quite Kaifu and that the guys would do well to get there. Those without thinking twice, collected things and rushed to London. Just somewherein this period he acquired a new name - "Stray cats".
Stray catsPosle several performances in London clubs musicians met producer Dave Edmunds, well known rock enthusiast, who worked with the "Rockpile" and several soloists. Edmunds offered his services, and under his leadership, "Stray cats", signed a contract with "Arista",We entered the studio to record their debut self-titled album. This completely rockabilly drive came to taste the Europeans, and the first single, "Runaway Boys", was in the best British top ten. chart Behind him were and "Stray Cat Strut" and "Rock This Town". The album itself also hit the Top 10 English. Subsequent tours of Europe and Japan have been very successful and the team was at the peak of popularity. However, the second album, "Gonna Ball", was written in a hurry and was not nearly as successful as the first. Critics cursed this disc, and frustrated guys decided to go back to the States.
There they were able to sign a contract with "EMI Records", which in 1982-m produced the first American album, "Built for Speed", is an assembly of the first two releases. Thanks to the efforts MTV singles "Rock This Town" and "Stray Cat Strut" hit the Top Ten, and after them there too broke, and the album itself. Stayed in the " Billboard " 30 weeks tirazhosvyshe disc sold two million copies.
Stray catsSleduyuschee American edition, "Rant N` Rave With the Stray Cats", spawned another hit "(She`s) Sexy + 17 " also poprisutsvovashim in the top ten, as well as the slightly less successful ballad "I Won`t Stand in Your Way ", was incorporated only in the Top 40. Meanwhile, the team went to the disorder. Phantom, carried away his bride threw the job and Setzer began to pay more attention to session work with other artists (Dylan, Plante et al.) . The upshot was that Brian announced his retirement from "Stray cats".Phantom Rocker with the participation of guitarist Earl Slick established rockabilly group "Phantom Rocker & Slick", and Setzer started his solo work. However, former colleagues in 1986, decided to revive the "Stray cats" and recorded the album "Rock Therapy".The record has not been popular as the previous releases and re- dispersed team members on different projects. Subsequently, they are going several times, gave concerts and recorded discs, but with little success had in the mid- 90s seem parted forever.