Stray Cats Runaway Boys: A Retrospective '81-'92
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- Released: January 14, 1997
- Originally Released: 1997
- Label: Capitol
- 1.Rock This Town
- 2.Fishnet Stockings
- 3.Built For Speed
- 4.Rev It Up & Go
- 5.Stray Cat Strut
- 6.Rumble In Brighton
- 7.My One Desire
- 8.Runaway Boys
- 9.You Can't Hurry Love
- 10.Baby Blue Eyes
- 11.Lonely Summer Nights
- 13.18 Miles From Memphis
- 14.Something's Wrong With My Radio
- 15.I Won't Stand In Your Way
- 16.Lucky Charm
- 17.Sexy + 17, (She's)
- 18.Lookin' Better Every Beer
- 19.Race With The Devil
- 20.I Fought The Law - (previously unreleased)
- 21.Blast Off
- 22.Bring It Back Again
- 23.Gene And Eddie
- 24.Give It To Me
- 25.Elvis On Velvet
The Stray Cats: Brian Setzer (vocals, guitar); Lee Rocker (bass); Slim Jim Phantom (drums).
Producers include: Dave Edmunds, The Stray Cats.
Compilation producer: Joe Pheifer.
Includes liner notes by Ira Robbins.
Personnel: Brian Setzer (vocals, guitar); Slim Jim Phantom (drums).
Liner Note Author: Ira Robbins.
Offering up a bracing shot of rock & roll revivalism in the midst of the synth-loving 1980s New Wave era, the Stray Cats were utterly anachronistic and undeniably charming, a point driven home by this well-selected 25-track compilation. With its '50s greaser look and its no-frills guitar/bass/drums lineup, the Long Island, New York-based trio brought nothing particularly new to the table, but in singer/guitarist Brian Setzer, the rockabilly group had both a top-notch song stylist and a genuinely charismatic frontman, as best exemplified on the swaggering "Rock This Town" and the lusty "(She's) Sexy + 17." Other highlights of RUNAWAY BOYS include a twangy take on the Motown classic "You Can't Hurry Love" and the lovelorn "I Won't Stand in Your Way."
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