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The Straycats are an 1980s rock band that led the rockabilly revival in the early part of the decade. They were led by Brian Setzer, along with Slim Jim Phantom and Lee Rocker . They were unsuccessful in their native Long Island, and moved to London, where they released The Straycats and scored three hits off it, "Stray Cat Strut", "Rock This Town" and "Runaway Boys".
The follow-up was Gonna Ball , which received generally scathing reviews. After that, they moved back to the US and released Built for Speed , a combination of their earlier LPs. "Rock This Town" and "Stray Cat Strut" hit the top of the American charts thanks to MTV airplay. The follow-up, Rant N' Rave with the Stray Cats , was almost as successful.
However, personality conflicts were tearing the band apart, and they finally broke up in 1984 (1984 in music). Rocker and Phantom formed a duo called Phantom Rocker & Slick, while Setzer went on to a solo career, emerging at the forefront of the American swing revival of the mid-1990s.
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