The tribute page

The Stray Cats were certainly not the first neo-rockabilly band, but they were and are one of the most succesful and influential. They have paved the way for many other bands. Therefore many bands have paid tribute to the Stray Cats in one way or another. I will try to list all the tribute songs, tribute albums and tribute whatever here. If you know of anymore please mail the_anchorman@arrp.nl

1988 Quakes [graphic reference]


The Quakes are a psychobilly band led by guitarist and vocalist Paul Roman. Their first release is a graphic reference to the Stray Cats first album.
In an interview Paul Roman reflected on this. Here is the question and the answer:
Question: Your first album was a graphic reference to the first Stray Cats album...
Answer: "We did what they did by coming to London and getting a record deal. I thought it was a good Idea- I had seen pictures of the Bluecats album that references the Gene Vincent album and some Polecats pictures that were like the Beatles album cover standing over the railing. It was a cool idea and it worked for us."
The whole interview and many more facts about the Quakes can be found on The Rockabilly Chronicle.

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Quakes front cover



1992 Various Artists: Stray Cats Classics


According to the liner-notes: Compilation of original versions of songs re-recorded by the Stray Cats
1 Henry Mancini - Peter Gunn
2 Lew Williams - Bop Bop Ba Doo Bop (Fishnet Stockings)
3 Warren Smith - Ubangi Stomp
4 Eddie Cochran- Jeanie, Jeanie, Jeanie
5 Art Adams And The Rhythm Knights - Rock Crazy Baby (Rock This Town)
6 Ricky Nelson - My One Desire
7 Roy Montrell - Every Time I Hear That Mellow Saxophone
8 The Johnny Burnette Trio - Baby Blue Eyes
9 Wynonie Harris - Wasn't That Good
10 The Johnny Burnette Trio - Rock Therapy
11 Gene Vincent - Race With The Devil
12 Charlie Feathers - One Hand Loose
13 Chuck Berry - Beautiful Delilah
14 Glen Glenn - Everybody's Movin (Everybody Needs Rock 'N' Roll)
15 Eddie Bond - Slip, Slip, Slippin' In
16 Diana Ross & The Supremes - You Can't Hurry Love
17 George Jones - The Race Is On
18 The Johnny Burnette Trio - Sweet Love On My Mind
19 Gene Vincent - Cruisin'
20 Eddie Cochran -Somethin' Else
21 Eddie Cochran - Summertime Blues
22 Carl Perkins - Blue Suede Shoes
23 The Crickets - Oh Boy
24 Flatt & Scruggs - Foggy Mountain Breakdown
25 Gene Vincent - Be-Bop-A-Lula
26 Elvis Presley - Mystery Train

Released on P-Vine Records - PCD 2540
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Stray Cat Classics Front Cover

Stray Cat Classics Back Cover


1993 Various Artists: Stray Cats Classics 2


According to the liner-notes: Compilation of original versions of songs re-recorded by the Stray Cats
1 Dion - The Wanderer
2 Gene Vincent - Double Talkin' Baby
3 Lonesome Lee - Lonely Travelling (Stray Cat Strut)
4 Bill Allen - Please Give Me Something (Crawl Up And Die)
5 Buddy Holly - Lookin' For Someone To Love
6 Gene Pitney - Town Without Pity
7 Bobby Fuller Four - I Fought The Law
8 Johnny Kidd - Please Don't Touch
9 Santo & Johnny - Sleepwalk
10 Eddie Cochran - C'Mon Everybody
11 Arthur Gunter - Baby Let's Play House
12 Bill Monroe - Shady Grove
13 Diana Ross & the Supremes - Stop In The Name Of Love
14 Carl Perkins - Put Your Cat Clothes On
15 Johnny Burnette Trio - Tear It Up
16 Chuck Berry - Little Queenie
17 Roy Orbison - Rockhouse
18 Bille Lee Riley - Flying Saucer Rock & Roll
19 Little Richard - Rip It Up
20 Blind Lemon Jefferson - Matchbox
21 Annisteen Allen - Fujiyama Mama
22 B.B. King - Blues Stay Away From Me
23 Sticks McGhee - Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee

Released on P-Vine Records - PCD 2495
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Stray Cat Classics 2 Front Cover

Stray Cat Classics 2 Back Cover


1993 One Night Stands ‎– Let It Roll. One Night stands plays The Stray Cats


This was released after the One Night Stands supported the Stray Cats on their 1992 tour of Japan
1 Rockabilly Rules
2 Everybody Needs Rock 'n Roll
3 嵐を呼ぶ男 (Arashi O Yobu Otoko)
4 Tight Black Leather
5 Let's Go Faster
6 Blast Off

The music is very tight with solid guitar playing, but the lyrics are partly translated in Japanese. Apart from that the singing is actually very good, with an agressive style of singing. Really making the songs their own style.
Released on Starland ‎– SICN-20005
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One Night Stands Front Cover

One Night Stands Back Cover


1995 Various Artists: Stray Cat Blues


A tribute album where rockabilly and psychobilly bands do their version of original Stray Cats songs and songs the Stray Cats themselves covered.
1 The Kruise - Runaway Boys
2 The Gorilla Bokangz - Blast Off
3 The Quartets - Double Talkin' Baby
4 Great Invaders - I'm A Rocker
5 The Cinnamons - Rumble In Brighton
6 Pelvis - Stray Cat Strut
7 Atomic Cow-Boys - Gina
8 The Straights - Gonna Ball
9 Mad Mongols - Something's Wrong With My Radio
10 Johnny Joker's - I Won't Stand In Your Way
11 Great Invaders - Wicked Whiskey
12 The Quartets - Mystery Train
13 Pelvis - Rock This Town
14 The Kruise - Little Miss Prissy
15 Mercy And Mad Choir - Lonely Summer Night
16 The Gorilla Bokangz - (She's) Sexy And 17

Released on Go Cat Go Records - TECX-25933
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Stray Cat Blues Front Cover   Stray Cat Blues Back Cover


2000 Various Artists: Homenaje a Stray Cats


A tribute album where Spanish bands do their version of original Stray Cats songs and songs the Stray Cats themselves covered.
1 Double Talking Baby - Carlos Segarra & Rockabilly Club
2 Too Hip Gotta Go - General Lee
3 I Wanna Cry - Correcaminos
4 Can't Hurry Love - Lonely Cats
5 Lonely Summer Nights - Gatos Locos
6 Built For Speed - Crazy Legs
7 Rockin' All Over The Place - Correcaminos
8 Stray Cat Strut - Sastreria Andres
9 Cry Baby - Massapequa Trio
10 Rock This Town - Hellbilly Club
11 Nine Lives - Dixie Rock Band
12 Lust 'n Love - Lucky Dados
13 Double Talkin' Baby - General Lee
14 Gina - Massapequa Trio
15 Let's Go Faster - Pink Cats
16 Rebel Rules - Hellbilly Club

Released on Skinny Records SKCD-6940
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Homenaje Front Cover Homenaje Back Cover


2001 Rosy Cat Baby - Rosy Cat Baby [graphic reference]


Rosie Cat Baby is a Japanese Rockabilly band. The front cover of this album is a graphic reference to the Stray Cats first album.
1 Hell Tone
2 Look For That
3 Route64
4 So Fine
5 恋のBgm
6 セピア
7 俺は止まらない
8 Turn Back Boogie
9 Cow boy Go Go
10 Hell Number

Released on Castle Records CAS-2032
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Rosy Cat Baby Front Cover


2001 Gigolo 13 [graphic reference]




Gigolo 13 is a Japanese rockabilly/psychobilly band. This 45rpm EP is a graphic reference to the Stray Cats first album. But even more it is a total re-creation of the Japanese edition of the Rock This Town single.
A1 黒猫ブルース
A2 悲しきホワイト ファルコン
B1 思い出のクーニャンレディオ
B2 ロコモーション

Released on Blue Stone Records BSR-021101PS

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Gigolo 13 front cover



2006 Various Artists: Go Cat Go - A Psychobilly Tribute


A tribute album where psychobilly bands from all over the world do their version of
original Stray Cats songs and songs the Stray Cats themselves covered.
1 The Phenomenauts - Cry Baby
2 Mad Marge & The Stonecutters - Fishnet Stockings
3 Reel Big Fish - Stray Cat Strut
4 Shark Soup - Rumble In Brighton
5 Os Catalepticos - Bring It Back Again
6 G-String - Something's Wrong With My Radio
7 Rezurex - Runaway Boys
8 Batmobile - Ubangi Stomp
9 Irish Brothers - Lust 'N' Love
10 Koffin Kats - 9 Lives
11 The Rocketz - Storm The Embassy
12 Thee Merry Widows - (He's) Sexy + 17
13 The Astounding Roy Gorbisons - Let's Go Faster
14 Hellbillys - Blast Off
15 Phantom Rockers - Baby Blue Eyes

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2006 Conny - Rockin' Bop : Conny Best Collaboration Vol.1 [graphic reference]


Conny is a well-known Japanese singer. She recorded with many artists over the years. This is a collection of some of those collaborations. The cover is a graphic reference to the Gonna Ball cover. Or actually it is a total re-creation of that cover.
1 Never So Clever
2 Downtown Saturday Night
3 Kat Go Wild
4 Tattooe'd Lady
5 These Boots Are Made For Walking
6 I Fought Law
7 Too Drunk To Drive
8 Viva Las Vegas
9 Whisky Boy
10 Dyn-O-Mite
11 Hot Rod Girl
12 He Rocks
13 Blue Cafe
14 Please Don't Touch
15 Fujiyama Mama

Released on Tick Tack - TTCD-4073
Slim Jim Phantom is one of the guest musicians, as well as Johnny Bowler, Wanda Jackson, the Rockats and Danny B. Harvey.
Conny is also featured on the 2013 Asia Lady Luck tribute see below.
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2010 Various Artists: "Please, Give Me Something" - The Roots Of The Stray Cats



1 Lonesome Lee - Lonely Travelin’ (for "Stray Cat Strut")
2 The Johnny Burnette Trio - Tear It Up (for "Rock This Town")
3 Lew Williams - Bop Bop Ba Doo Bop (for "Fishnet Stockings")
4 Bill Allan - Please Give Me Something (for "Crawl Up And Die")
5 Roy Montrell - Everytime I Hear) That Mellow Saxophone (for "Wild Saxophone")
6 The Wheels - Let’s Have A Ball (for "Gonna Ball")
7 Glen Glenn - Everybody’s Movin’ (for "Everybody Needs Rock ’n' Roll")
8 The Nomads - Icky Poo (for "Stray Cat Strut")
9 Jimmy & Johnny - Sweet Love On My Mind
10 Warren Smith - Ubangi Stomp
11 Wynonie Harris - Wasn't That Good?
12 Chuck Berry - Beautiful Delilah
13 Charlie Feathers - One Hand Loose
14 Eddie Bond - Slip, Slip, Slippin' In
15 Ricky Nelson - Stood Up
16 Chet Atkins - Hidden Charms (for "Chet Ditty")

Released on El Toro Records ETCD 1031 (CD) and on Bulls Eye Records BE-112 (Vinyl)
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Please Give Me Something Front Cover


2013 Various Artists: Asia Lady Luck Stray Cats Tribute

An all-female Stray Cats tribute, produced by Slim Jim Phantom (who also plays drums on the two Conny songs. The album features all-female lead vocals from various bands from Asia and Australia who do their version of original Stray Cats songs and songs the Stray Cats themselves covered.

Song Singer Known from From
1 Rumble In Brighton Geena Rocktigers Japan
2 Too Hip, Gotta Go Betty Rocket to Memphis Australia
3 Runaway Boys Conny (Slim Jim Phantom on drums)   Japan
4 Cross Of Love Brigitte Handley   Australia
5 Lonely Summer Nights Yoshiko The 5, 6, 7 8's Japan
6 Fishnet Stockings Yoshiko The 5, 6, 7 8's Japan
7 Gene And Eddie Linda Linda and the Big King Jive Daddies originally Japan now USA
8 Blast Off Betty Rocket to Memphis Australia
9 I Won't Stand In Your Way Linda Linda and the Big King Jive Daddies originally Japan now USA
10 Little Miss Prissy Junko Tigerlily Japan
11 Sexy And Seventeen Tukta Trix 'O' Treat Thailand
12 Elvis On Velvet Junko Tigerlily Japan
13 Look At That Cadillac Conny (Slim Jim Phantom on drums)   Japan
14 Gina Geena Rocktigers Japan
15 Stray Cat Strut Brigitte Handley   Australia
16 Rock This Town Tukta Trix 'O' Treat Thailand
17 Bring It Back Again Yoshiko, Conny, Geena, Tukta, Betty and Junko    


Released on Go Cat Records GCRC001
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2019 Ignition - The Cats Are Back [A tribute song]



This UK band made this tribute song, which has caught the ear of Lee Rocker and they will be supporting him in Glasgow during his UK tour.
So far it has only been released on iTunes. But it will also be on their upcoming release.
However it can be seen and heard on youtube, follow this link:
Ignition - The Cats Are Back


Ignition


2020 Eric Martin - Rock and Roll Princesses. book [Graphic reference]



Eric Martin is a famous photographer. He recreated various album covers with female models. This is a tribute to the Stray Cats first album with models Freyia, Miss Liz Chérie & Lora von Gore. This tribute is from the book Le retour des Rock and Roll Princesses.
His website is called Rocknrollprincesses. Here you can see various tributes and the book can be ordered there.

Picture courtesy of Eric Martin, used with permission.

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Pussy Cats