“The Lost Boys: Hard-To-Find ’80s LPs” gives you exactly what the title implies: a rare or out-of-print album or EP from the ’80s in its entirety. Some will be from CD, but most will have been lovingly transferred from pristine vinyl culled directly from the Analog Kid’s vast collection. Whatever album I choose, it will be one that you can’t easily find for sale on Amazon or in the iTunes store. Death…by stereo!


Live Nude Guitars was Brian Setzer’s second solo album after the demise of the Stray Cats. It’s a great rock ‘n roll album that was virtually ignored upon its release in 1988, prompting Setzer to reform the Stray Cats later that year.

Three tracks on Live Nude Guitars were produced by Eurythmics’ David A. Stewart, including the single “When The Sky Comes Tumblin’ Down.” Chris Thomas produced two additional tracks, and Setzer produced the remaining songs with longtime collaborator Larson Paine. The Stewart tracks have a modern electronic sheen, while Thomas’ production on “Every Tear That Falls” recalls the best of John Mellencamp’s mid-’80s output. Of course, Setzer’s vastly underrated guitar skills are also in fine form throughout the album.

Live Nude Guitars has been out of print for years, so the Analog Kid blog is happy to feature this lost ’80s classic for your enjoyment. The Kid also highly recommends The Knife Feels Like Justice, Setzer’s solo debut from 1986.


Live Nude Guitars

Brian Setzer: Live Nude Guitars

EMI-America Records, 1988


1. “Red Lightning Blues” (Setzer/Byrnes/Paine)

Red Lightning Blues

2. “Rockability” (Setzer/Paine)+


3. “Rebelene” (Setzer/Paine)


4. “Nervous Breakdown” (Roccuzzo)

Nervous Breakdown

5. “Every Tear That Falls” (Setzer/Byrnes) #

Every Tear That Falls

6. “Temper Sure Is Risin'” (Setzer/Byrnes)

Temper Sure Is Risin’

7. “When The Sky Comes Tumblin’ Down” (Setzer)+

When the Sky Comes Tumblin’ Down

8. “She Thinks I’m Trash” (Paine/Setzer/Paine)

She Thinks I’m Trash

9. “Love Is Repaid By Love Alone” (Setzer/Byrnes) #

Love Is Repaid by Love Alone

10. “Rosie In The Middle” (Setzer/Byrnes)

Rosie in the Middle

11. “So Young, So Bad, So What?” (Paine/Paine)

So Young, So Bad, So What

12. “The Rain Washed Everything Away” (Setzer/Stewart)+

The Rain Washed Everything Away

+ Produced by David A. Stewart

# Produced by Chris Thomas


Bonus Tracks!

The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.

Brian Setzer_ Singles & B-Sides

Brian Setzer: “Cross Of Love” (Setzer/Paine)

From the 12″ single When The Sky Comes Tumblin’ Down

EMI-America Records, 1988

Cross of Love


The Knife Feels Like Justice 1

Brian Setzer: “Haunted River” (Setzer)

From the album The Knife Feels Like Justice

EMI-America Records, 1986

Haunted River



John Cougar Mellencamp: “Minutes To Memories” (Mellencamp/Green}

From the album Scarecrow

Riva Records, 1985

Minutes To Memories


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