You talk to people about 1981 and they’ll remember 2Tone and New Romantics but Rockabilly gets a bit swept under the carpet. Wasn’t that Shakin’ Stevens? Well, he was around but more importantly – it was the Stray Cats. I remember a lot of the sports jocks at school adopted the rockabilly style at the turn of the decade because it was neat, cool, got the girls and had that pseudo-James Dean thing about it.
Personally, I don’t think the music was all that which was possibly why it’s faded a bit. The Stray Cats hold their own in retrospect – but the Pole Cats….hmmm.