Picks and Pans Review: Built for Speed
Rock bands, like prophets, are often without honor in their own country. This threesome—Brian Selzer, Slim Jim Phantom (real name: Jim McConnell) and Lee Rocker (a/k/a Lee Drucker)—grew up on Long Island but went pretty much unsung until they landed on the shores of England two years ago. (The same thing happened to Blondie and Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders.) Now these Strays have returned. Their specialty is a kind of rockabilly dashed off as if they were late for a meeting. The collection, produced by English revivalist Dave Edmunds, sounds something like Carl Perkins, Link Wray or Sleepy La Beef. But the Stray Cats use their White Trash legacy well.