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NJ_Stray_Cat

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PostSubject: Stray Cats Rant!!!!!   Sat Apr 05, 2008 11:45 pm

Fellow Cat people, I have a story to tell so please bear with me...... Very Happy
I've always knew of the Stray Cats going back to the early 80's. I've always enjoyed their "hits", but didn't get into them that much. I was a "rocker". Fortunately, I've grown up. As I got older, I started to discover other great muscians.

Fast forward to the late 90's. The BSO caught my ear and liked what Brian was doing. Again it was a casual appreciation of the music. Fast forward again to late 2007. I began playing in a band in the late summer. Of course when in a band you have to hunt for music that would work well live. I started to listen to BSO again and from there the Stray Cats.

Lightning flashed, thunder crashed and I was infected with Cat Scratch Fever (to steal a line from Ted)!!!!!!! Cool Since the fall of 2007, I began buying any Setzer, Stray Cats, Lee Rocker, Slim Jim Phantom and rockabilly related merchandise. I've even gone back listening to Carl Perkins, Elvis, Gene and Eddie. I just can't stop listening! Now I'm getting ready to purchase a Gretsch Guitar (can't afford the big dollar models, but I'll settle for the 5120). Now if I can only convince my band to do a few Cat songs. I keep telling them there's a lot of great music out there, but find that we're picking the same songs that all the bar bands are playing. Crying or Very sad

What I love more than anything about the music is the positive energy (how can you not dance or tap your foot?). Even lyrically. I've grown tired (years ago) of the crap radio feeds us. I've found myself searching out talented muscians (thanks internet) that make the music positive and fun.

Brian, Jim and Lee.....THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!

I purchased a ticket for the show at the Keswick in Glenside. Plan on hitting the Comet before the show. Tommy, I hope I have the opportunity to meet you there and tell you in person what a great website this is. I also plan on purchasing Atlantic City tickets so I can take my wife to the show.

Tommy some questions for you.....Will there be a Stray Cats U.S. Tour? Will the Stray Cats catalog be remastered and released in the U.S.? cheers

I guess I've ranted enough Laughing . Just wanted to let all the Cat fans out there that the number has grown a digit.

Rock on everyone!!!!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Stray Cats Rant!!!!!   Sun Apr 06, 2008 6:02 am

Hallelulujah! Brother... Go spread the word. One day, this world will undertsand that there are Stray Cats and then there are some other bands...

Together we WILL educate this crazy world... One Vision, one goal, one STRAY CATS!!!

Brother Mikey xx
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PostSubject: Re: Stray Cats Rant!!!!!   Sun Apr 06, 2008 10:49 am

Hey, NJ! Out here in flyover land I've never been able to use this line:
"You from Jersey? Hey, what exit?" Smile

We're just waitin' for the weather to warm up here so's we can go cow-tipping!
Yee haw! Laughing

Welcome to the Cat Club!
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PostSubject: Re: Stray Cats Rant!!!!!   Sun Apr 06, 2008 11:39 am

NJ_Stray_Cat wrote:
Fellow Cat people, I have a story to tell so please bear with me...... snip...

My entry into the rockabilly scene is kinda like the reverse from yours..
My first experience with the '50s style rock music was when i saw "Grease", i must have been 10 or 11..And at the same time "Happy days" was shown on Swedish television (i lived in Copenhagen back then and we could easily pick up Swedish tv). I loved the music instantly.
Then i saw an ad in a youth magazine, by Pepsi Cola, with a coupon. By sending in the coupon one would get a casette tape called "Lipssmackin' Pepsi Cola, Pepsi Cola cures the summertime blues". It was a faux radio show, naturally only sponsored by Pepsi, crammed with oldies, Eddie Cochrane, Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Little Richard et al.. And i was hooked, this was the real deal, the real performers, the real music..
Then someone gave the soundtrack from "American Graphiti"..
I felt so alone in the whole wide world as a young teen, i was the only one listening to true rock'n'roll..Everybody else were listening to disco or glam. Then i went to England in 1981, i was 14 years old, and suddenly i heard a tune on the radio "Stray Cat Strut ". "This is the new single from the chart storming rockabilly trio, Stray Cats"..he said..
I looked around and noticed youngsters dressed as greasers or teddy boys..And i felt something like "Heey i'm not alone, there are other people like me", (pretty much the same feeling as a crossdresser or idunno a stamp collector, must feel when he realizes that he is not alone with his interest, i guess). Then i saw the divine trio on telly, playing the Strut in the alley...I was sold right there, i HAD to get the LP, and i did the next day.
I went to England the following year, and Stray Cats were still big.
Then i bought a ticket for the 1983 Copenhagen concert, which they cancelled..Then i had the chance in '90, but couldnt afford the the ticket. The Hamburg show in 2004, well discovered it a day late, while passing through Hamburg..
Now i have the tickets for the farewell tour, and i'll be there..
Halleluja brother spread the Gospel, join the Church of the Holy Trio.. The Cats are resurrected, show them respect, grease your hair.. In the name of the immortal drum, the double bass and the 6120.. cat
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PostSubject: Re: Stray Cat Rant.....   Sun Apr 06, 2008 2:48 pm

Mikey, you bet I will keep spreadin' the word.

Eddie Lee --------> Exit 3

Embassy Stormer - great story.

cheers
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