Is there a generation that doesn’t look at some sort of reverence to the ones before? Music is no different, as there is a constant form of retro cool that keeps reoccurring in various forms. We have wondered if nobody understood this better than the Stray Cats, the band who ushered in the Rockabilly revival in the early 1980’s.
The Stray Cats were not just a Rockabilly band. They combined the pure Rock attitude of 50’s style Rock and Rockabilly with an updated look (just a touch) and a bit of the New Wave and Pop of the early 80’s. With the adage “that everything old is new again” combined with a sleek MTV look, the Stray Cats hit the big time and their fans ran the gamut of young to old. In addition, the Stray Cats were a very technically proficient band and time has looked on them fondly. Although they did not stay together as a group for very long but by utilizing older styles with new, they opened a few doors in the Pop world that was not considered before. Their chances likely revolve around Brian Setzer: if the Hall finds him worthy, this probably will be the band they induct him with.
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
U.S.A. (Long Island, NY)
Why They Will Get In:
The Hall may wish to honor the talented Brian Setzer.
Why They Won’t Get In:
It is often believed that revival bands are not very innovative.
Built for Speed (1982)
Rant ‘n’ Rave with the Stray Cats (1983)
Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:
Rock This Town (From Built for Speed, 1982)
Stray Cat Strut (From Built for Speed, 1982)
Runaway Boys (From Built for Speed, 1982)
18 Miles to Memphis (From Rant ‘n’ Rave with the Stray Cats, 1983)
Gravitate to Me (From Rant ‘n’ Rave with the Stray Cats, 1983)