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This stray cat's strut led him to solo hit with southwest flavor



Yesterday with featured Los Lobos who are best remembered for their involvement in the movie La Bamba. In La Bamba, many '80s musicians acted in the film such as Marshall Crenshaw as Buddy Holly. Before portraying Eddie Cochran in La Bamba, Brian Setzer practiced this acting chops as the lead in his video for his first solo single The Knife Feels Like Justice.

In the early '80s, the Stray Cats resurrected rockabilly and restored it to the charts with iconic hits like Rock This Town and Stray Cat Strut, but by the middle of the decade, lead singer Setzer was eager to move on to other musical genres including Americana roots rock and the result was 1986's The Knife Feels Like Justice that was only a hit on the Mainstream Rock Charts. The video for The Knife Feels Like Justice has a Southwest feel and features E-Street drummer Max Weinberg on the drums even though John Mellencamp's personal drummer Kenny Aronoff plays the skins on the song. 

Born in Long Island, Setzer would changes styles in the '90s playing swing music that landed him his only solo Top 40 hit with Jump Jive An' Wail that hit No. 23 in 1998. Setzer must like winter as these days he has relocated to Minnesota and in 2015 he put out his third Christmas album entitled Rockin' Rudolph.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 9:23am]


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