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    Stray Cats "Live At Rockpalast" on DVD and DVD / 2CD Set

    Stray Cats "Live At Rockpalast" DVD and DVD / 2CD set available on July 7th

    The icons of neo-rockabilly, captured at their best in two amazing '81 and '83 Rockpalast concerts... Young, raw, and wild!

    Every era has its heroes and every scene has its legends. The 80's had the Stray Cats and today they are the indisputable icons of neo-rockabilly.

    When the US trio stormed the top of the charts in their adopted country of England, punk still reigned supreme in the United Kingdom. But Brian Setzer, Slim Jim Phantom and Lee Rocker brought that certain something that the mo-hawked men also had: a feeling for danger and rebellion. Impressive footage of this time includes two performances in Germany: one in 1981 in Cologne and one in 1983 at the Loreley that were recorded by WDR. These are genuine recordings that make the trio's sound still accessible today. Both concerts are released here for the first time in the best possible quality and with a superb sound on DVD and CD. The Stray Cats will come to life at home just as they were at their best: young, raw and wild!

    Brian Setzer, today a "statesman" of rockabilly and a many times platinum seller, works passionately as he struck the strings on the stage of the Cologne Satory Halls. He was a "rebel without a cause," similar to the young James Dean. But this guitarist has a desire: he wants to bring Rock n' Roll back to life. He wants to play his guitar as Eddie Cochran did. No question that he has succeeded; he is still loved for this today and this is why he is the first guitarist after the legendary Chet Atkins to have his own signature Gretsch model.

    The Stray Cats aren't only made up of Setzer with his phenomenal guitar playing and his powerful vocals. Lee Rocker and Slim Jim Phantom are responsible for their special sound, too: Phantom's simple drumming became an example for rockabilly drummers worldwide and his wild screams in the songs belong to Stray Cats exactly as Brian Setzer's licks and Lee Rocker's clattering bass do. He treated his instrument like a lover or like monkeybars on which he did gymnastics. The bad boy attitude was internalized by the "street cats."

    Both concerts also underline how rapidly Stray Cats' career progressed. Between both recordings were full worlds. In 1981 they were young rockers and by 1983 they had become full-fledged rock stars and known as tender teddy boys in part of the scene. The band rocked the mixed audience and were even honored by their discoverer Dave Edmunds. Next to Stray Cats were acts such as U2, Joe Cocker and Steve Miller.

    The influence Stray Cats had on music and fashion is in hindsight undeniable. Where would psychobilly legends such as Meteors or Demented are Go!, who were founded as a counter movement to rockabilly, be today? Would the sound of the 50s still be so popular today if the Stray Cats had not brought it back to life in the 80s?

    Classics like as "Stray Cat Strut," "Runaway Boys," "Rumble in Brighton," and "Rock This Town" will live forever through these two concert recordings.

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    TRACKLISTINGS

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    Loreley, August 20th 1983:
    1. Baby Blue Eyes 03:41
    2. Double Talkin' Baby 03:37
    3. Rumble In Brighton 04:11
    4. Drink That Bottle Down 05:26
    5. Something Is Wrong With My Radio 02:39
    6. Built For Speed 06:30
    7. Look At That Cadillac 04:25
    8. Runaway Boy 03:46
    9. Lonely Summer Nights 04:22
    10. Too Hip, Gotta Go 02:39
    11. Stray Cats Strut 05:42
    12. She's Sexy And 17 04:40
    13. Banjo Time
    (Foggy Mountain Breakdown) 02:16
    14. The Race Is On 02:14
    15. Tear It Up 04:03
    16. Oh Boy 03:03
    17. Rock This Town 06:50

    Cologne, July.16th 1981
    1. Sweet Love On My Mind 03:58
    2. Double Talkin' Baby 03:37
    3. Rumble In Brighton 03:34
    4. My One Desire 04:38
    5. Ubangi Stomp 04:16
    6. Drink That Bottle Down 05:34
    7. Storm The Embassy 05:05
    8. Stray Cats Strut 04:09
    9. Fishnet Stockings 02:48
    10. Important Words 04:32
    11. Rock This Town 08:28
    12. Runaway Boy 04:40
    13. Sometin' Else 04:45
    14. Gonna Ball 04:14

    CD 1, Loreley, August 20th 1983:
    1. Baby Blue Eyes 03:41
    2. Double Talkin' Baby 03:37
    3. Rumble In Brighton 04:11
    4. Drink That Bottle Down 05:26
    5. Something Is Wrong With My Radio 02:39
    6. Built For Speed 06:30
    7. Look At That Cadillac 04:25

    8. Runaway Boy 03:46
    9. Lonely Summer Nights 04:22
    10. Too Hip, Gotta Go 02:39
    11. Stray Cats Strut 05:42
    12. She's Sexy And 17 04:40
    13. Banjo Time
    (Foggy Mountain Breakdown) 02:16
    14. The Race Is On 02:14
    15. Tear It Up 04:03
    16. Oh Boy 03:03
    17. Rock This Town 06:50
    CD 1 total run time: 70:33

    CD 2, Cologne, July.16th 1981
    1. Sweet Love On My Mind 03:58
    2. Double Talkin' Baby 03:37
    3. Rumble In Brighton 03:34
    4. My One Desire 04:38
    5. Ubangi Stomp 04:16
    6. Drink That Bottle Down 05:34
    7. Storm The Embassy 05:05
    8. Stray Cats Strut 04:09
    9. Fishnet Stockings 02:48
    10. Important Words 04:32
    11. Rock This Town 08:28
    12. Runaway Boy 04:40
    13. Sometin' Else 04:45
    14. Gonna Ball 04:14
    CD 2 total run time: 64:27
    Rock! Shock! Pop!

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    Bootleg? I have a bootleg DVD of these shows, and the label looks....shady.

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    MVD is putting it out. They also put out an Einsturzunde Neubauten Rockpalast release awhile back, and it was legit.
    Rock! Shock! Pop!

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    "The influence Stray Cats had on music and fashion is in hindsight undeniable. Where would psychobilly legends such as Meteors or Demented are Go!, who were founded as a counter movement to rockabilly, be today? Would the sound of the 50s still be so popular today if the Stray Cats had not brought it back to life in the 80s? "

    I have a bit of a problem with this statement.
    Yes, the STRAY CATS made the mainstream but THE METEORS formed at the same time and THE CRAMPS formed WAY before.
    This is like the argument that Elvis started Rock n Roll...he didn't... he was just the most popular.

    Some even argue that THE MISFITS American Nightmare was the first Punkabilly song.

    I had the first few STRAY CATS albums but I can't listen to them anymore as they're too tame and unoriginal now that I love Phychobilly, Punkabilly and Gothabilly.
    The STRAY CATS sound too AM for me now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jane View Post
    MVD is putting it out. They also put out an Einsturzunde Neubauten Rockpalast release awhile back, and it was legit.
    Ah. I didnt see MVD listed

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    Have you guys heard THE PEACOCKS?
    They're one of my favorite Punkabilly bands.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVTd...0BE19&index=28

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    I will check them out. I see what you mean about The Stray Cats being tame. They are. But I gave an album a spin this afternoon and still had fun with it. Nostalgia is a powerful thing I guess.
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    Rant n Rave is still a fantastic album. They may be tame, but playing rockabilly in the early 80s....wellm there's a reason they went to thr UK to get noticed. That being said, yes. There were others doing similar things. I'm a huge meteors fan, and I love athe Cramps. But the Stray Cats definitely made it way easier for rockabilly, psychobilly, etc, to get noticed.

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    I'm not sure if I had Rant n Rave.
    Unfortunately I sold most of my record collection when CDs came along so I don't know what I had.
    I really regret selling a lot of my obscure stuff.
    I was pretty greedy for more new stuff

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    Oddly enough, Rant N Rave was the one I was listening too. $3.00 on vinyl in perfect shape at a local second hand store.
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