“The Lost Boys: Hard-To-Find ’80s Albums” 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 a physical copy for sale on Amazon or in your local record store (if you even have one anymore). Death…by stereo!

The Stray Cats first burst through American television sets in the summer of 1982. The videos for “Rock This Town” and “Stray Cat Strut” were in constant rotation on MTV, and they forced this fourteen-year old video addict to answer a very serious question:

Who had better hair: Brian Setzer or Mike Score?

Brian Setzer of The Stray Cats   score

In retrospect, I suppose it’s a good thing that I never had the guts (or enough Stiff Stuff) to sport either hairstyle. I did embrace the music, though, and I’ve remained a fan of Setzer, Slim Jim Phantom and Lee Rocker ever since.

Built For Speed was the Stray Cats’ debut album in North America, but it was actually a compilation of songs pulled from their first two UK albums (Stray Cats and Gonna Ball) along with the newly-recorded title track. Both “Rock This Town” and “Stray Cat Strut” reached the Billboard Top 10 in 1982, and all of a sudden three retro-rockers from Massapequa were huge stars.

Some critics considered the Stray Cats a novelty act at the time, but anyone who ever saw them live knew that these ‘Cats could PLAY. I’ve been lucky enough to see them in person a few times over the years, mostly in tightly-packed sweaty bars. Those shows were some of the best concerts I’ve ever seen– it’s truly amazing that such a big sound could come from one guitar, one upright bass, and one little four-piece drum kit.

Despite its status as the Stray Cats’ biggest album in America, Built For Speed has been out of print on CD for years. Please enjoy this copy of my original CD, which I am happy to say was autographed by all three ‘Cats after a show in Austin in September of 1988.


Built For Speed

Stray Cats: Built For Speed

EMI America Records, 1982


1. “Rock This Town” (Setzer)

Rock This Town

2. “Built For Speed” (Setzer)

Built for Speed

3. “Rev It Up & Go” (Setzer)

Rev It Up & Go

4. “Stray Cat Strut” (Setzer)

Stray Cat Strut

5. “Little Miss Prissy” (Setzer)

Little Miss Prissy

6. “Rumble In Brighton” (Setzer/Phantom)

Rumble in Brighton

7. “Runaway Boys” (Setzer/Phantom)

Runaway Boys

8. “Lonely Summer Nights” (Setzer)

Lonely Summer Nights

9. “Double Talkin’ Baby” (Wolfe)

Double Talkin’ Baby

10. “You Don’t Believe Me” (Setzer/Phantom/Rocker)

You Don’t Believe Me

11. “Jeanie, Jeanie, Jeanie” (Motola/Page)

Jeanie, Jeanie, Jeanie

12. “Baby Blue Eyes” (Burlison/Burnette)

Baby Blue Eyes


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.


Stray Cats_ Singles & B-Sides 1

Stray Cats: “Rock This Town” [Single Version] (Setzer)

Rock This Town [Single Version]

Stray Cats: “You Can’t Hurry Love” (Holland/Dozier/Holland)

You Can’t Hurry Love

Both taken from the 7″ single Rock This Town

EMI America Records, 1982


Stray Cats_ Singles & B-Sides

Stray Cats: “Sweet Love On My Mind” (Burnette)

Sweet Love On My Mind

Stray Cats: “Drink That Bottle Down” (Setzer/Phantom/Rocker)

Drink That Bottle Down

Both taken from the 12″ single Stray Cat Strut

Arista Records, 1983

Vinyl rips courtesy of the Analog Kid


A Flock Of Seagulls

A Flock Of Seagulls: “Space Age Love Song” (Score/Reynolds/Maudsley/Score)

From the album A Flock Of Seagulls

Arista Records, 1982

Space Age Love Song

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One response »

  1. UTCz says:

    That REALLY surprises me that CD is no longer in print. By far their biggest album. Luckily I married a good woman who has both Built for Speed and Rand and Rave on vinyl. Appreciate them a lot more now than I did back then, they really cover a lot of styles out side of just “rockabilly”, which I like.

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