November 07, 2020

Brian Setzer: on writing "Runaway Boys"

Brian Setzer spoke to Guitar Player about writing the Stray Cats' debut single Runaway Boys:

It’s the first song I ever wrote. It really summed up everything I was trying to capture, which was my drive to write a new song in the rockabilly style, rather than just the same old I - IV - V thing.

The Stray Cats will living in the Uk - it would the States a couple of years more to appreciate them - when they recorded it. Dave Edmunds produced the track:

That clean, strong guitar, the echo, the slap bass and the big snare drum – the aim was to keep those elements intact and add something new. Dave really captured it, and I don’t know whether anybody else could have done that. He understood exactly what we wanted.


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