Stray Cats

Runaway Boys: A Retrospective '81-'92

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An exemplary best-of, this has 25 tracks from throughout their career, leaning heavily on the earliest and best material. It also contains a few tunes that were previously unreleased in the U.S., the B-side cover of the Supremes' "You Can't Hurry Love," and all three non-album songs from their 1983 double-45 "(She's) Sexy + 17." Those who prize authenticity might continue to scorn this rockabilly revivalism. But now that the debate over whether the group were poseurs or not has become irrelevant, it's a surprisingly solid guilty pleasure, even if it's more or less reheated Gene Vincent.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:24
2 2:25
3 2:54
4 2:27
5 3:15
6 3:13
7 2:56
8 2:59
9 3:46
10 2:47
11 3:17
12 2:06
13 2:57
14 2:36
15 3:57
16 3:25
17 3:29
18 3:34
19 2:58
20 2:49
21 2:41
22 3:04
23 3:17
24 2:48
25 4:23
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