Tuesday, August 30, 2016

"Look at That Cadillac" by Stray Cats

Song#:  1766
Date:  01/28/1984
Debut:  88
Peak:  68
Weeks:  5
Genre:  Rockabilly

Pop Bits:  The Cats' album Rant N' Rave with the Stray Cats was another success (#14), but it would only manage gold certification, which was a dip from their #2 platinum LP Build for Speed. It seemed that folks were already tiring of their rockabilly revival sound and they were quickly becoming a passing fad. This third single from Rant didn't help turn things around and it disappeared after a few short weeks. It would end up being the Cats' final Pop chart single.

ReduxReview:  After a nice stop over in doo-wop land with "I Won't Stand in Your Way," the Cats add a little swing sound to their rockabilly with this tune. It sounds good and the horn section is a nice add, but the song itself is kind of basic. There's not much here to make it stand apart from other rock-swing songs. It's a fun listen, but ultimately it will quickly fade from my mind.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Following their Rant N' Rave LP, the Cats basically broke up. Members of the trio went on to do their own projects - Brian Setzer went solo while Slim Jim Phantom and Lee Rocker formed the band Phantom, Rocker & Slick. They would reunite for the 1986 album Rock Therapy, but it did very little business. After another break, the trio got together for 1989's Blast Off! A song from that album, "Bring It Back Again," got to #35 on the Rock chart, yet that did nothing for the album and it disappeared quickly. They would get together for four more albums over the years, but none would chart. Setzer would end up having the most success outside of the Cats with his swing revival band The Brian Setzer Orchestra. Beginning with a self-titled album in 1994, Setzer and his band would release a string of well-received albums and their tours have been highly successful.


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