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Stray Cats Premiere New Song, "Cat Fight (Over a Dog Like Me)”

Stray Cats 2019: (from left) Lee Rocker, Brian Setzer and Slim Jim Phantom (Image credit: Ross Harrington)

Rockabilly revivalists Stray Cats have premiered a new song, and you can hear it below. The tune — "Cat Fight (Over a Dog Like Me)" — is the band's first new studio track since 2004's "Mystery Train Kept A Rollin'." It's also the world's first taste of 40, the band's first album of new material in 26 years.

The album title celebrates the band's 40th anniversary, a milestone they're also celebrating with a summer tour in the U.S. and Europe. You can check out all the dates right here

"You have to understand how unique the Stray Cats are," says frontman-guitarist Brian Setzer. "It’s me playing an old hollow body guitar, Slim Jim Phantom playing two or three drums and Lee Rocker slapping a stand-up acoustic bass. I get to write new songs and then play them with my buddies. Somehow we created a new and exciting sound with this simple idea. And you know what? A lot of people agree!"

For more about the band and 40, be sure to watch the official "in the studio" clip at the bottom of this story. For more information, visit

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Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.