Brian Setzer

No one could have imagined that in 1981, at the height of new-wave mania, the next cool, hip sound would be rockabilly, but guitarist Brian Setzer made it happen. He started the Stray Cats in 1980, with Lee Rocker on bass and Slim Jim Phantom on drums. The group fused the theatrical flourishes and posturing of punk with an aggressive interpretation of the classic Sun Studio sound, drawing inspiration from Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins, as well as Gene Vincent, Bill Haley and the Comets, Eddie Cochran, and Johnny Cash. Hearing that a Teddy Boy revival was underway in the UK (Teddy Boys being the rockers half of mods... Read More

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