Picks and Pans Review: Rant N' Rave

updated 10/17/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/17/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The Stray Cats

The Long Island trio who had to go to England to find their rock 'n' roll roots—or to sell them to the public, anyway—is back with more time-warp pop music. This album sounds something like a Top 10 radio show from 1957 and brings back memories of Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Bill Haley and the Penguins. The material is, shall we say, not of the most densely intellectual variety: Look at That Cadillac, Something's Wrong With My Radio, Dig Dirty Doggie, Hotrod Gang, Rebels Rule. It's peppy, though, and lead singer Brian Setzer is a deceptively adroit guitarist. There's also a pleasing ballad with a doo-woppy background (by Fourteen Karat Soul), I Won't Stand in Your Way. This kind of music makes you yearn to see a James Dean movie or maybe take the old customized jalopy out for a spin to a sock hop.

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