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The ‘80s rockabilly band the Stray Cats was formed by Brian Setzer, Lee Rocker, and Slim Jim Phantom on Long Island, New York. The Stray Cats were mainly inspired by Bill Haley & the Comets as well as the sounds of Sun Records artists from the 1950s. The Stray Cats initially did not have much success in the New York music scene. They decided to move to London in order to further their careers. Throughout the early 1980s, the Stray Cats had several hits in the United Kingdom and the United States.

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In London, the band met up with producer Dave Edmunds, who was well known as a solo artist. He offered to work with the Stray Cats. Their first album, produced by Edmunds, was released in the year 1981 on the Arista Records label. The album featured three hits, namely “Stray Cat Strut,” “Runaway Boys,” and “Rock This Town.”

Their follow up album, Gonna Ball, was less successful. The critics hated it. At that point, the Stray Cats decided to return to the United States. There, they were signed to the EMI America label. In the year 1982, Built for Speed was released, basically a compendium of their earlier records. At this point they began getting MTV airplay.

The albums of the Stray Cats include Stray Cats, Gonna Ball, Built for Speed, Rant N’ Rave with the Stray Cats, Rock Therapy, Blast Off!, Let’s Go Faster!, Choo Choo Hot Fish, Original Cool, The Swing Cats, Greatest Hits, and Rumble in Brixton.

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