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Brought back rock-a-billy to punk era.
Posted by Ron Prettyman on Sunday, 03.18.07 @ 14:53pm
"Brought back rock-a-billy to punk era."
Posted by shawn on Saturday, 05.5.07 @ 18:18pm
I love the Cats, but they weren't original, they were a revival of a previous genre. No dice.
Posted by X on Friday, 05.25.07 @ 19:18pm
You gotta be kiddin.
Posted by AlphaKid42 on Saturday, 06.16.07 @ 02:11am
NO INFLUENCE?!?! Yeah, ok, and they didn't start a rockabilly revival that is still around to this day.
Posted by Richie Riot on Friday, 10.12.07 @ 19:03pm
As the front man for the band Crash & The Incidents that has been in and around rock n' roll all my life I can say definitively YES! The Stray Cats ABSOLUTELY SHOULD BE IN THE HALL OF FAME!
Posted by CRASH on Saturday, 12.1.07 @ 02:39am
to the guy who said they were a one hit wonder.
Posted by Brian on Monday, 02.25.08 @ 19:15pm
True Rockers!! brought Rock back to where the real rock pocket be..
Posted by mrxyz on Tuesday, 09.9.08 @ 10:08am
I'm on the fence about the Stray Cats, But IMO Brian Setzer HAS to go in somehow. Maybe with the BSO.
Posted by Mosey A. Long on Thursday, 10.2.08 @ 11:14am
True Rockers ..!not much mo to say ..It and they say it all..!
Posted by mrxyz on Tuesday, 04.7.09 @ 19:13pm
They might not have invented a musical genre (how many artists do?) but they gave rockabilly a new lease of life with an original look and great songs. Don't tell me that Runaway Boys wasn't an original sound - it slayed me in '80 and still does today.
Posted by Shaun Mather on Thursday, 07.30.09 @ 13:49pm
Real Rockers !!!
Posted by mrxyz on Sunday, 08.16.09 @ 15:31pm
Posted by pills with thrills on Sunday, 08.16.09 @ 15:57pm
Here are some real rockin Cats
Posted by L-7 on Friday, 01.15.10 @ 11:14am
"real rockin Cats"... yup, L-7 is definitely mrxyz
Posted by Philip on Friday, 01.15.10 @ 17:49pm
Posted by Cheesecrop on Friday, 01.15.10 @ 18:00pm
Posted by mrxyz on Friday, 01.15.10 @ 18:35pm
The last place I lived there were a bunch of stray animals around, and not just cats. I figured it was mostly due to the hog-rendering operation that was only a half mile away. You'd think that the stench would run them off. It certainly did me, even after having to take a bath on the resale. When I bought, the operation had apparently briefly been shut down for code violations, and the owner took the lull's opportunity to dump the property off on me.
Posted by Vilos Cohaagen on Thursday, 01.21.10 @ 20:39pm
Hey Vilos, lay off mining the Turbinium ore! You're making innocent people sick!
Posted by Joker on Tuesday, 02.2.10 @ 17:26pm
That is an odd statement Joker, mining turbinium puts people in danger but how does it make people sick??
Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 02.3.10 @ 17:04pm
If I HAD A CHOICE BETWEEN STRAY CATS OR SRV THE CATS WIN HANDS DOWN..!!!!!
Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 02.20.10 @ 09:46am
rockabilly THEY CALL IT..???? I CALL IT REAL ROCK....!
Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 07.31.10 @ 23:51pm
mrxyz...you're not the only one to feel that way! Check out my posts on Lightnin' Hopkins. 8 votes versus the Red Hot Chilli Peppers' 8500!!
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Sunday, 08.1.10 @ 02:12am
Posted by mrxyzomg on Sunday, 08.1.10 @ 08:20am
For sure. This band belongs. And they are a rock band. No Brian Setzer = no rockabilly understanding any longer and also = no rockabilly and swing revival. One of the best live bands ever. If Madonna gets in (gag me with a spoon), then what are your standards?
Posted by Lou on Wednesday, 12.28.11 @ 16:11pm
The Stray Cats should CERTAINLY be in, because they kicked off the 50's revival that got bigger and bigger as each year of the 80's passed on. First it was The Stray Cats, then Back To The Future and a whole slew of movies that were based in the 50's, and at the tail end of it were La Bamba (which had several singles that charted) and Great Balls of Fire, not to mention the revival of Golden Oldies radio stations.
Posted by ChadCy75 on Monday, 02.13.12 @ 00:12am
The stray Cats did shit that was unheard of. In the era of synth pop and punk, a rockabilly band writing shit like blast off, rock this town, and tjeir hits is so deserving of the hall of fame. Brian Stzer is also a great guitarist, and he is deserving of beign inducted.
Posted by Corey Rieman on Saturday, 02.25.12 @ 11:53am
Posted by HAPPY on Saturday, 02.25.12 @ 20:44pm
Yes! The Stray Cats are a must for the RRHOF. I think that their spearheading the rockabilly revival should merit them an induction. The Stray Cats took the riveting guitars and teenage themes of the 1950s and mixed them with a late '70s/early '80s punk sensibility to form of the greatest bands of the 1980s.
Posted by Zach on Monday, 04.9.12 @ 18:24pm
Posted by Happy on Monday, 04.9.12 @ 19:11pm
Right on, Happy! I recently just picked up a videotape of Stray Cats music videos at a used book store that's closing. It came out in 1989 and the tape is called Bring it Back Again. It features nine music videos, including Stray Cat Strut, (She's) Sexy + 17, Gene and Eddie, Rock This Town, Runaway Boys, Bring it Back Again, Look at That Cadillac, I Won't Stand in Your Way, and Gina.
Posted by Zach on Wednesday, 05.2.12 @ 21:25pm
AlphaKid42, how have they not influenced anyone? "The Living End" for one is a great band that has gone far and there main influence was "The Stray Cats" they started out as a Stray Cats cover band before they went on to make there own records and plently of rockabilly bands around the world have been influenced by "The Stray Cats". You obviously dont know much about rockabilly or the Stray Cats
Posted by cameron mc on Thursday, 05.3.12 @ 07:47am
Yeah, whoever said the Stray Cats haven't influenced anybody really doesn't have a clue. Just in the last few years, bands like the Lennerockers, the Baboons, the Jets and Top Cats have all put out great albums, all these bands in turn influenced by the rockabilly revival initiated by groups like Stray Cats (and the Blasters, the Polecats, Rocky Burnette the son of the late, great Johnny Burnette and later Darrel Higham, etc). Plus, Brian Setzer really needs to be honored somewhere.
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Thursday, 05.3.12 @ 08:48am
I think Stray Cats are just wonderful! My guess is many new musicians are influenced by them. Heck , they play real rock an roll..Just love that standup bass sound!
Posted by Happy on Thursday, 05.3.12 @ 09:51am
The Cats so obviously need to be in the r&r hof. Brian Setzer was a quadruple threat. First of all, he could do anything he wanted on that Gretch guitar. He was right up there with there with the best of the genre, from Scotty Moore to Reverend Horton Heat. Second, MFer could sing! This is probably underappreciated, but listen to their top 40 doo wop homage "I won't stand in your way way anymore" for example. Golden voice. Third, he was a GREAT songwriter! His musical and lyrical references show an encyclopedic knowledge, and an equal understanding, of the eras he was paying tribute to, and the songs were clever and exciting to boot. Lastly, he had a great look (whatta pomp! tats runing down arms, but not in full sleeve fashion. Great band logo, Cat Mascot). Slim Jim and mr. Rocker likewise played their parts to musical and visual perfection.
Posted by KeithRamone on Thursday, 06.14.12 @ 00:12am
By the way "gene and eddie" submitted for comparison for some of the points I reffered to above. The way BS just throws in all these lyrical and musical references in the context of a great original song... and what aout the top 10 smash "she's sexy + 17", best 50's rocker to come out in the 80's! Jailbait in rockabilly equals win! The fierce "Rumble in Brighton"? Etc, etc.... ''Stay Cat Strut" top 5 song, so classic, even if it steals from Richard Hell's "Blank Generation" (and black and orange cats also have white and are female, but still)... "Rock this town" nearly as classic as "rock around the clock"... Its B-side nearly turns a Supremes tune into a punk classic.... they were jus t so great... then he goes and revives swing in the contemporary top 10 years later... this man isn't in the hall of fame? Who has done more for rock n' roll contemporary to him? Dumb hall. Was he even nominated?
Posted by KeithRamone on Thursday, 06.14.12 @ 00:23am
Elsewher on this site I noticed than BonJovi HAS been nominated (while of course the Cats have not). I tell you, if BJ gets in B$ the Cats, we all really go and burn that silly museam down...
Posted by KeithRamone on Wednesday, 06.27.12 @ 23:13pm
*B4 the Cats...
Posted by KeithRamone on Wednesday, 06.27.12 @ 23:15pm
Posted by Happy on Thursday, 06.28.12 @ 20:15pm
Stray Cats made some nice hits in the 80's. Rock This Town, Sexy & 17,Stray Cat Strut. Probably not enough to warrant induction. I would like to see Brian Setzer become nominated someday in totality of his music. Brian Setzer Stray Cats,Solo,Brian Setzer Orchestra. He's kind of like Brian Adams...They were both born in 1959 & have quietly put up a solid catalogue of music. Brian Setzer will get in someday. KING
Posted by KING on Tuesday, 05.27.14 @ 20:29pm
Posted by BulmaPunkRocker on Sunday, 07.6.14 @ 23:00pm
Please don't compare brilliant guitarist & rockabilly revival pioneer Setzer with schmaltzy Canadian lightweight Brian Adams. And by the way, the RNR Hall of Fame is a joke. My beloved Runaway Boys are better off outside.
Posted by David on Friday, 01.2.15 @ 18:45pm
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