Cool For (Stray) Cats

Relive the good ol' days.

The band that launched a thousand pompadoured punkabilly imitators in the early

80's, the Stray Cats, get their due on a new collection released yesterday

(Jan. 14) called Runaway Boys: A Retrospective 81-92. The 25-track look

back contains all the songs you know and love by the tattooed retrofitters (the

Dave Edmunds-produced hits "Rock This Town" and "Stray Cat Strut"), plus some

rare and previously unreleased tracks that prove the band were more than a

one-hit wonder party band.

Some of the tracks never before released in the

U.S. include a cover of the Bobby Fuller Four's "I Fought the Law" and the

originals "My One Desire," "Fishnet Stockings" and "Give it To Me." Another

rarity in the package, which features liner notes by veteran rock scribe (and

ATN contributor) Ira Robbins, are all four tracks from the rare "(She's Sexy) +

17" double seven inch (1983), never before available on CD. All three band

members (Brian Setzer, Lee Rocker, Slim Jim Phantom) helped compile the set,

although it's unlikely they'll be joining forces again soon since Setzer has

been busy with his Brian Setzer Orchestra and bassist Rocker is working on a

solo record.