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The Stray Cats: Out Of The Litter Box & Into The Fire!

Karen Schlosberg, Creem, December 1983

WHAT HAPPENS when you try to domesticate the Stray Cats? Example: A very sincere young girl writes "I Love You Brian" endlessly in neat, round longhand across both sides of seven sheets of looseleaf paper, as meticulous and as heartfelt as a gruelling homework assignment. Example: Macy's starts carrying a fun selection of rockabilly clothing. Example: The Bob and Gail Orchestra, playing at a Bat Mitzvah in suburban L.A. (no, not the Valley), covers 'Rock This Town'; this is later explained as being standard fare nowadays, in similar celebrations of youth, age, or religious achievement.

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