Stray Cats – Rock This Town

In the eighties, this was a fresh approach. A fifties sounding band that featured guitar (Brian Setzer), double bass (Lee Rocker), and a snare drum (Slim Jim Phantom). No electronic drum in sight. This track is exciting because of the clear sharp guitar that sliced through. At the time, synthesizers reigned in popular music. The song peaked at  #9 in the Billboard 100 and #9 in the UK in 1982.

The band broke up in 1984 while they were still successful. Since then the Stray Cats have reunited a few times and toured. They have recently announced that they will reunite and record an album in Nashville, the first in 25 years in 2019.

 

“Rock This Town”
Well, my baby and me went out late Saturday night
I had my hair piled high and my baby just looked so right
Well-ell, pick you up at ten, gotta have you home at two
Mama don’t know what I got in store for you
But that’s all right, ’cause we’re looking as cool as can be

Well, we found a little place that really didn’t look half bad
I had a whiskey on the rocks, and changed half a dollar for the jukebox
Well-ell, I put a quarter right into that can, but all they played was disco, man
Come on, baby, baby, let’s get out of here right away

We’re gonna rock this town
Rock it inside out
We’re gonna rock this town
Make ’em scream and shout
Let’s rock, rock, rock, man, rock
We’re gonna rock till we pop
We’re gonna rock till we drop
We’re gonna rock this town
Rock it inside out
(Rock it, rock right in!)

(Whoa!)
(Whoo!)
(Oh my god)
Whoo!

Well, we’re having a ball just a-bopping on the big dance floor
Well, there’s a real square cat, he looks a 1974
Well-ell, he looked at me once, he looked at me twice
Look at me again and there’s a-gonna be fight
We’re gonna rock this town
We’re gonna rip this place apart

We’re gonna rock this town
Rock it inside out
We’re gonna rock this town
Make ’em scream and shout
Let’s rock, rock, rock, man, rock
We’re gonna rock till we pop
We’re gonna rock till we drop
We’re gonna rock this town
Rock this place apart

We’re gonna rock this town
Rock it inside out
We’re gonna rock this town
Make ’em scream and shout
Let’s rock, rock, rock, man, rock
We’re gonna rock till we pop
We’re gonna rock till we drop
We’re gonna rock this town
Rock it inside out

We’re gonna rock this town
Rock it inside out
We’re gonna rock this town
Rock it inside out
Whoo!

Author: badfinger20

Guitar, Bass, song writer,

19 thoughts on “Stray Cats – Rock This Town”

  1. They did really stand out from the rest of the crowd in the early 80’s. I was never moved to buy one of their albums- but when one of their hits came on the radio I enjoyed hearing them. Dave Edmunds produced their first album-which included Rock This Town and Stray Cat Strut.

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    1. To me they belonged more in the seventies to go along with the fifties resurgence .

      Off topic – I wasn’t near a computer yesterday when you told me about the Kershaw deal… You told me straight out but for some reason I thought it was tacked on to the current deal 2 year deal…. That is a good deal for the Dodgers for 3 years.

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      1. I think it is a good deal for the Dodgers- they are a big market team they can afford to keep him. I hope he plays his entire career there.

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      2. Yes you would think he’d want to tack on as long as he could get but with a pitcher- the Dodgers were wise to keep it 3 years. Especially with his recent injury history. He is probably realistic- I don’t see another team giving him say 10 years 300 million or anything crazy. 3 years 93 million his family won’t be going without any meals…for generations to come.

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      3. Yea he doesn’t live crazy…in fact he does give a lot away. As much as I like him I was hoping they would not give him anything crazy.

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      4. That was the best thing to happen to Cardinals. He was declining then it was obvious.
        You know some deals us spectators know…whoa that is a bad deal when it happens… The Albert deal had to be a lot of marketing involved…it just didn’t make sense.

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      5. Yes when I saw that deal and he’d be getting paid big big money into his 40’s…well that was a disaster. He didn’t really have many ‘monster’ years with the Angels- nothing like when he was with the Cardinals. One of the worst signings ever.

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      6. And a lof of baseball fans knew that. I think that was more of the owner wanting a new toy. I didn’t see how that made baseball sense.

        When the Sox signed The Panda…I knew that was dumb. Saying that…I didn’t know he would be that bad.

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      7. the good thing about that is that it would seem that most teams have learned from that and a few other similar contracts and are shying away from those types of mega-deals. Is no point giving a guy a guarantee to be earning top dollar in his late-30s or 40s when he’s still in his 20s. My Jays are stuck with 2 similar problems, although not as bad, with Russell Martin, good defensive catcher, hometown boy, great personality…but bad back and a sub-par hitter, at best now the third best catcher inorganization, due $20M this coming season and Troy Tulowitzki, perennially injured but due something like $50 mil over next two plus buyout, and crowding a middle-infield that’s already featuring too many players for too few spots

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      8. Russell is getting older being a catcher…Troy Tulowitzki I thought would be better for the Jays.
        Yea it will be interesting to see what Machado and Harper get this offseason.

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      9. They may be exceptions to the new rule. I think Manny will get 10y,probably for $300m…my guess w/Yanks. Harper,I don’t think quite as much but likely at least 8y,$200m. Maybe with Cubs,or Phils

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      10. with all his back troubles, Kershaw may well be happy to hang up the cleats in 3 years… he won’t have to ever worry about money again , will be young enough to do some great things outside of baseball if he wants to and will (if he does reasonably well through at least the next couple of years) probably be assured of going into Cooperstown .

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  2. AN ok song that reflects all that was right about the 80s- anything went! It was a hit around the same time as “Come On Eileen” which was cool but far from a traditional “rock” song, and “In a Big country” which was a rock song but sounded like it was done with bagpipes (although it was actually distorted guitars.) Seemed like radio and the public was open to any variety of sounds back then, much more so than now. For the record, I really liked ‘Sexy and 17″ by them …of course, I think I was around 17 when that came out!

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