Stray Cats

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2006 (The 2007 Induction Ceremony)

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Rock This Town (1981)
Stray Cat Strut (1981)

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Will Stray Cats be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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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."

A-a-a-and promptly left....

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.
Gonna rock this town, rock it inside out?
One-hit wonder that did rockabily in the 80s?
What next, flappers in the 2010's?
These guys have no business even being mentioned.
No influence on anyone whatsoever.

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!

The Stray Cats revived original and pure rock n' roll at a time when hair and synth bands were dominating the airwaves.

Millions of people and 2 generations of music lovers were and continue to be influenced by the Stray Cats. This includes bands such as ours and hundreds of others WORLD-WIDE.

Contrary to uninformed types may think. Their most popular songs are ALL ORIGINAL!

The Cats deserve to be in the hall of fame as much or more than many of the bands that are currently in the HOF.

CRASH
CRASH & THE INCIDENTS
KING CAT HOLLYWOOD

Posted by CRASH on Saturday, 12.1.07 @ 02:39am


to the guy who said they were a one hit wonder.
you got tobe kidding, they had 3 top ten hits and a few other popular songs.

Posted by Brian on Monday, 02.25.08 @ 19:15pm


True Rockers!! brought Rock back to where the real rock pocket be..
YES to the Cats

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..!
All ya need is EARS
YES

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.
These guys are all great musicians and definately deserve a place in the Hall of Fame. Anyone who doubts it obviously hasn't heard Setzer's guitar!

Posted by Shaun Mather on Thursday, 07.30.09 @ 13:49pm


Real Rockers !!!
I HOPE YES

Posted by mrxyz on Sunday, 08.16.09 @ 15:31pm


sucks

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


L-7:

Is that really you, mrxyz? Why'd you change your name around?

Are you going beatnik on us here?

That's squaresville, daddio...

Posted by Cheesecrop on Friday, 01.15.10 @ 18:00pm


L-7:

Is that really you, mrxyz? Why'd you change your name around?

Are you going beatnik on us here?

That's squaresville, daddio...

Posted by Cheesecrop on Friday, 01.15.10 @ 18:00pm


Gee I thought it was Brian who I thought was you and Philip...... I did see Bono has a low fan approval

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....!
I FIND IT STRANGE, THAT MANY HEAR ARE STILL YACKIN ABOUT MADONNA ,PERRY AN WHO KNOWS WHAT...!336 VOTES FOR REAL ROCKERS??????? AS FATS SAID "AIN'T THAT A SHAME" OR IS THAT SHAM...I BRING UP ROCK ROOTS SUCH AS THE GAMBLERS {CHECK WHO THE PLAYER ARE} AN NOTHIN... I TALK ABOUT PEGGY LEE {SHE WAS BEFORE PEGGY SUE].SAME no nothin she ain't got it thang.. ...
I TALK ABOUT WHO THE REAL FATHERS OF SURF ARE AND WHAT THEY REALLY LAID DOWN.. AN MANY GO WITH THE HYPE LOL
HECK, SOME EVEN THINK THE OLD/REAL BLUES PLAYER WERE NOT THAT GOOD ???????!!!!!!! WOW, WOW OMG WOW LOL
IF IT AINT ON THE BIG hollywood HYPE many ain't dig-gin it...
STRAY CATS ARE REAL ROCKERS !!! AMEN

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


Tahvo Parvianen
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

It is kinda funny in a sad sick way that many of the real rock roots get a black eye on this forum...{If that} Heck Stray Cats get down and cook with gas... not much in over producing just the real DEAL,,!

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.
I agree with Mosley on his point about Setzer getting in somehow, but remember people, we're talking about an organiztion that waited until 1999 to put Scotty Moore in, and they had to invent a brand new category to do it. Plus, when you look over the list of artists who have been snubbed over the years and how many times, it makes me wonder how credible the Hall Of Fame really is.

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


NOW
HEAR IS A REAL ROCK AND ROLL BAND

YOU WOULD THINK IN THE RRHF THEY WOULD LOOK AT STRAY CATS

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.

Not only that, but The Stray Cats were the most commercially successful rockabilly revival band of their generation. Rock This Town and Stray Cat Strut were both titanic hits on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Who could ever have imagined that a band with a sound that recalled the greatest era in rock 'n' roll history would be popular during the age of new wave, synthpop, punk, and arena rock?

Brian Setzer deserves mucho credit for preserving rockabilly and swing, both of which I believe to be the best forms of music ever created (besides blues, big band, glam rock, rhythm and blues, and new wave/synthpop).

I wouldn't label The Stray Cats as a pure nostalgia act either Most of their recordings were original material written by Brian Setzer, Slim Jim Phantom, and/or Lee Rocker. Even The Stray Cats' covers of tunes like Baby Blue Eyes and Jeanie, Jeanie, Jeanie breathed new life into rockabilly classics.

Posted by Zach on Monday, 04.9.12 @ 18:24pm


Zach
i don,t like labels much ! If I were to label them ,it would be great!!!

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.

BTW, I hope you didn't take any offense to my earlier comments on Pete Seeger and Joan Baez. If you enjoy their music, more power to you. I wouldn't take away your right to like their music. I'm just not found of overbearing politics in music (any art form, for that matter).

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.

Zach - You seem to be into rockabilly (as I am), I'm curious as to what your opinion is on psychobilly? Do you like the Cramps, the Meteors, Mad Sin, Nekromantix, the Quakes, the Radiacs, Nigel Lewis & The Zorchmen, Reverend Horton Heat, etc? Most of the psychobilly bands are admittedly obscure but it seems like you would be into it since there's obvious influence from artists like Screamin' Jay Hawkins. Just curious on your opinion.

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.

My only complaint about the Cats is that they shoulda kept doing their thing together for a much longer time. Why be satisfied to be Robert Plant's sideman when you're as accomplished a frontman as mr. Setzer?

Impact? They're only the most popular rockabilly revival act ever! The genre still thrives underground, as does its spinoffs psychobilly, gothabilly, cowpunk, alt country etc., and no act this side of Elvis is a bigger icon or has done more to perpetuate it than Setzer and the Cats. Three top 10 hits in the US and a few other top 40 songs besides. Millions of records sold. And its just the coolest music there is. Most of what gets in the HOF is lame by comparison. And the bands that are not lame that got in (Ramones, Stooges, Clash, etc.) aren't as talented as these guys!

HOF voters, you gotta be kidding me, wake up! And while you're at it, get Deep Purple in! All theese other hippie bands, but not this powerful and hugely talented and influential band... but that's a subject for another board...

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...

"Rock N' Roll is the answer"- Joey Ramone (off the posthumous 2012 release "Ya Know?").

Posted by KeithRamone on Wednesday, 06.27.12 @ 23:13pm


*B4 the Cats...

Posted by KeithRamone on Wednesday, 06.27.12 @ 23:15pm


keithramone
I agree

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


They're amazing.

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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