Stray Cats

American musical group; rockabilly band

The Stray Cats were a Rockabilly band from the United States. They had several hit songs in the 1980s. The Stray Cats played a style of pop music called Rockabilly, which mixes 1950s-style rock and roll, blues music, and country music together. The Stray Cats' music is like the 1950s Rockabilly songs by Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins. Three of the bands' hit songs were "Runaway Boys," "Rock This Town," and "Stray Cat Strut."

Stray Cats
The Stray Cats in Japan
Photo: Masao Nakagami
Background information
OriginMassapequa, New York, U.S.
GenresRockabilly, rock and roll
Years active1980–1984
LabelsArista, EMI America
MembersBrian Setzer
Lee Rocker
Slim Jim Phantom
Past member(s)Tommy Byrnes

The Stray Cats band was formed in 1979 by Brian Setzer, with two of his school friends Leon Drucker (who used the stage name "Lee Rocker") and James McDonnell (who used the stage name "Slim Jim Phantom"). These young men lived in Massapequa, New York.

The Stray Cats wore blue jeans and leather jackets, and had their hair slicked back. The Stray Cats had a singer who played electric guitar, a double bass player, and a drummer.


  • Stray Cats (1981)
  • Gonna Ball (1981)
  • Built For Speed (1982)
  • Rant N' Rave With The Stray Cats (1983)
  • Rock Therapy (1986)
  • Blast Off! (1989)
  • Let's Go Faster! (1990)
  • Choo Choo Hot Fish (1992)
  • Original Cool (1993)
  • Stray Cats: The Definite Greatest Hits (2000)
  • Stray Cats: Rumble In Brixton(2004)
  • 40 (2019)