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Stray CatsStray Cats

Label:Arista – STRAY 1
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1Runaway Boys
Written-BySetzer*, McDonnel*
A2Fishnet Stockings
A3Ubangi Stomp
A4Jeanie, Jeanie, Jeanie
Written By [Miscredited]Chapman
Written-By [Uncredited]George Motola, June Page
A5Storm The Embassy
Written-BySetzer*, Phantom*
A6Rock This Town
B1Rumble In Brighton
Written-BySetzer*, Phantom*
B2Stray Cat Strut
B3Crawl Up And Die
Written ByB. & J. Feli
Written-ByB. Feli*, J. Feli*
B4Double Talkin' Baby
Written-ByDanny Wolfe
B5My One Desire
Written-ByD. Burnette*
B6Wild Saxaphone
Written-By [Uncredited]John Marascalco, Robert Blackwell, Roy Montrell

Companies, etc.



Issued in a cardboard picture sleeve semi-laminated at the front, custom 'Pin Up.' labels and with an illustrated card inner sleeve; initial copies included a merchandise offer leaflet and a small Stray Cat tattoo transfer.
Some shrinkwrapped copies also issued with a red sticker on the front stating: ♦ includes - Runaway Boys & Rock This Town ♦ Play Loud ! Stray 1 ♦

On the following cover versions the songwriters are not always correctly credited:

A3 is a cover of Ubangi Stomp / Black Jack David by Warren Smith, also recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis
A4 is a cover of Jeanie Jeanie Jeanie by Eddie Cochran
B3 is a cover of 'Please Give Me Something' by Bill Allen & The Backbeats
B4 is a cover of 'Double Talkin' Baby' first recorded by Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps
B5 is a cover of 'My One Desire' first recorded by Ricky Nelson (2)
B6 is a cover of '(Every Time I Hear) That Mellow Saxophone' by Roy Montrell

Publishing credits as on labels:

A1, A2, A5, A6, B1 to B3, B6: Copyright Control
A3: Carlin Music Corp.
A4: Chrysalis Music Ltd.
B4: Palace Music Ltd.
B5: Hilliard Music/MCPS

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped variant 1): STRAY 1 A//1 ▽E TH 1 1 TOWN HOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped variant 1): STRAY 1 B//1 ▽E TH 1 2 8 TOWN HOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped variant 2): STRAY 1 A//1 ▽E TH 1 2 0 1 TOWN HOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped variant 2): STRAY 1 B//2 ▽E TH 1 5 3 TOWN HOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped variant 3): STRAY 1 A//1 ▽E TH 1 2 2 1 TOWN HOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped variant 3): STRAY 1 B//2 ▽E TH 1 4 1 TOWN HOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped variant 4): STRAY 1 A//2 ▽E TH 1 1 TOWN HOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped variant 4): STRAY 1 B//2 ▽E TH 1 1 1 1 TOWN HOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped variant 5): STRAY 1 A//1 ▽E TH 1 1 9 TOWN HOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped variant 5): STRAY 1 B//2▽E TH 1 2 1 TOWN HOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped variant 6): STRAY 1 A//1 ▽E TH 1 1 1 5 TOWN HOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped variant 6): STRAY 1 B//2▽E TH 1 2 1 TOWN HOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped variant 7): STRAY 1 A//1 ▽E TH 1 2 1 TOWN HOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped variant 7): STRAY 1 B//2 ▽E TH 1 4 2 TOWN HOUSE

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Stray Cats (LP, Album, Stereo)Arista203 295France1981
Stray Cats (LP, Album)Arista, Arista203295, 203.295Netherlands1981
Pin Up (LP, Album)Jugodisk, AristaLPS 1039Yugoslavia1981
Stray Cats (LP, Album)Arista, Arista203 295, 203 295-320Netherlands1981
Runaway Boys (LP, Album)Arista, Arista, AristaL 37533, L-37533, STRAY 1Australia1981


Seandyer87's profile picture
i have a copy bit i wasnt blown away by the sound

is it just mine ? how do you guys find it
Ubangistomp's profile picture
Felt I should make comment about this one as it features the track Ubangi Stomp which is my handle but mine really refers to the original Warren Smith version on Sun, one of the greatest rock n roll tracks ever also covered by Jerry Lee.
As for the Stray Cats first LP it also contains the track Rumble In Brighton. Going to concerts at this time was always a bit hairy as inevitably their would be outbreaks of fights and this gig at the Brighton Top Rank was no different as you still had Punks and of course the local Teds and Rockabilly kids who decided this was a good time to beat the crap out of each other. Certainly added excitement to gigs.
The Stray Cats were brilliant by the way.
mhart9df's profile picture
This album was released under the Arista label in 1981 to the UK. It managed to reach no. 6 on the UK album charts, and both ‘Rock This Town’ and ‘Runaway Boys’ saw 9th position in the UK Top 40. The Stray Cats were a trio of young Rockabilly cats who grew up in New York during the heydays of Punk. Whilst digging through their parents record collections, they stumbled upon artists such as Vincent, Cochran and Burnette. Within this album they covered songs by both Vincent (Double Talkin’ Baby), and Cochran (Jeanie, Jeanie, Jeanie). This album is kicked off by the pre-released single ‘Runaway Boys’ that helps to immediately show you exactly what these three young cats are all about. ‘Storm the Embassy’ is the only real political track within this album. It comments on the Iranian crisis and American hostages in the late 1970s. Setzer had played this track with his previous band ‘The Bloodless Pharaohs’ under the name ‘Boys Having Babies’ and with different lyrics. The B Side kicks off with potentially the best song on the album ‘Rumble in Brighton’. The origins of ‘Stray Cat Strut’, their signature song, are still up for debate. Using the chord progression from Ray Charles’ ‘Hit the Road Jack’, it is also believed that inspiration came from Richard Hall and his well-known single ‘Blank Generation’. As Hall would often have Setzer’s previous band ‘The Blood Pharaohs’ as support act, it is very plausible that this song draws inspiration from Hall. The cover of Vincent’s ‘Double Talkin’ Baby’ is a stand out track for me, I feel that all members of the trio area able to show off and that they all play a key part in making this song what it is. The last track is a cover of Montrell’s ‘Mellow Saxophone’, being renamed ‘Wild Saxophone’ and seeing Gary Barnacle on sax, playing over Slim Jim’s impeccable beat. This is a great album that I would recommend to absolutely anyone, and that I am proud to own an original copy of.
Lyd-And-Lost-Records's profile picture
My Copy Has The Sticker On Cover But No shrinkwrap
t.benson's profile picture
this is my copy except side B label is white and blank.
Mr.BlueSky's profile picture
My LP has no label for Side A without any residue to indicate a label was ever there. It has a plain white sleeve with plastic window so not the original sleeve . There is no merchandise offer leaflet or tattoo transfer.