Album incl. hits: "Runaway Boys", "Stray Cat Strut", "Rumble in Brighton". "Fishnet Stockings" are absolutely inspired by "Bop Bop Ba Doo Bop" (Lew Williams classic), "Crawl Up And Die" is inspired by Please Give Me Something (originaly Bill Allen), "Double Talkin Baby (Gene Vincent's original), "Jeanie Jeanie, Jeanie" (Eddie Cochran), "Ubangi Stomp" (Warren Smith's), "My One Desire" (written by Dorsey Burnette for Ricky Nelson), "Wild Saxaphone" is Montrell Roy's (originaly named "(Every Time I Hear) That Mellow Saxophone"), and "Storm The Embassy" is a New Wave song. Produced by Dave Edmunds. Good rockin' album!
This Stray Cats debut album propelled '70's & '80's Rockabilly to the fore making it more popular at this time than in the fifties!This album is pure raw Rockabilly power with some Jazz & Reggae influences on a couple of songs & even a ballad.Brian Setzer sings passionately from the heart & gives it all he's got emulating his 50's heroes Elvis Presley,Gene Vincent & Eddy cochran brilliantly but still maintaining a unique style of his own.His guitar style(lead & rhythm) is energetic & vibrant & although their are some familiar 50's & 60's flavours their is true originality & some very catchy riffs.He also maintains excellent tone & uses interesting guitar effects & even a bit of distortion!Listen to the rhythm on "Ubangi Stomp"coupled with the dizzy "whoa's" the cats chant at the beginning & end of the song.Its very sexaul .Lee Rocker(Dog house Bass)& Slim Jim Phantom(drums)thunder throughout the set laying out the beat in no uncertain terms.The album also has a slight punk feel & influence & the cover of the 3 of them staring vacantly hints at this.So... sculpt your hair into a towering,Brylcreamed Pompadour,put on your cat clothes & slip into a pair of fine Brothel Creepers or "White bucks" & "ROCK,ROCK,ROCK...ROLL ROLL ROLL!!as you absorb every ounce of this fresh,exciting sound.Their best album to date.
What a joke!! This is one damn fine album. I remember purchasing this when it first came out as an import LP (courtesy of a great review in Trouser Press, which was really the early version of Mojo, but I digress) and none of my friends could understand what I saw in these guys (Styx anybody???). Of course a year or two later they were MTV poster boys and the rest is history. Where do I start...Fish Net Stockings; Wild Saxophone; Ubangi Stomp; Jeannie Jeannie Jeannie. Oh yeah, a couple of hit singles here too (Stray Cat Strut and Rock This Town). Forget the Greatest Hits and Built for Speed. This one and Gonna Ball are the only two that you need. Why these are not available Stateside is a complete mystery.
one of my fave innovative albums from the early '80s. really cool, excellent rockabilly songs, owned this on audio tape, excellent songs, faves include "stray cat strut", "ubangi stomp", & the excellent "crawl up & die" brian has a wonderful voice & i love the sound of the double bass.
My sister acutally found the orignal release LP at a record store in the early 90s. I liked it so much I stole it from her. I still have have it :)) The album should no doubt should be delcared a classic. It's just great rock'n'roll. Buy it!
This was the first album the Stray Cats recorded, and it was released in Britain. Tracks from this first album and the second British release "Gonna Ball" were culled to form the first US album, "Built For Speed." This album is their true debut album, and it is still the BEST Stray Cats album. Better than "Built For Speed." You just can't argue with songs like "Fishnet Stockings." I still love this stuff.