Stray Cats: Stray Cat Strut / You Don’t Believe Me


Format: 7″

Label: EMI

Country: US

Year: 1982

Price paid: $1

Purchased at: Books and Melodies, Syracuse NY


Get a shoe thrown at me from a mean old man

Get my dinner from a garbage can

‘Stray Cat Strut’ originally appeared on the band’s debut album ‘Stray Cats’, released in the UK in 1981. A year later it would again appear on their third album  ‘Built For Speed’, which was their first LP to be released in the US.

It was the band’s second most successful single in the US, reaching #3 on the charts, only topped by ‘(She’s) Sexy + 17’ (which came in at #2) in 1983. It reached #11 in the UK and the B-side ‘You Don’t Believe Me’ (which was released as its own single in Britain) got to #57.

The sleeve art is pedestrian, paling in comparison to the earlier UK release. Typical of a US mass-produced 7″ single of the period, the package is made with flimsy easily tearable paper and the overall layout has a cheap ‘it’s good enough’ feel to it. I didn’t bother to scan the backside as it’s identical to the front with minor text variations.


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