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Brian Setzer Orchestra

As a teenager in New York City, Brian Setzer harboured dreams of leading a big band with horns, but "became sidetracked by punk." In the early '80s he formed The Stray Cats, a rockabilly revival outfit , who achieved success as part of that decade's new wave movement, scoring hit singles "Rock This Town" and "Stray Cat Strut" and receiving much acclaim for his considerable talents as a guitarist. After that group's demise, and a failed bid at solo success, Setzer put together a 17-piece big band for a short tour in 1990. The tour's unexpected success prompted the band to make the coll ...read more

As a teenager in New York City, Brian Setzer harboured dreams of leading a big band with horns, but "became sidetracked by punk." In the early '80s he formed The Stray Cats, a rockabilly revival outfit , who achieved success as part of that decade's new wave movement, scoring hit singles "Rock This Town" and "Stray Cat Strut" and receiving much acclaim for his considerable talents as a guitarist. After that group's demise, and a failed bid at solo success, Setzer put together a 17-piece big band for a short tour in 1990. The tour's unexpected success prompted the band to make the collaboration a permanent one and, in 1994, they released their first album, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, and a second, Guitar Slinger, in 1996, the latter produced by Joe Strummer. The group's biggest moment came in 1998 with The Dirty Boogie and its hit single "Jump, Jive An' Wail," a Louis Prima cover. Modern influences such as rock, hip-hop and dance began to pervade the band's signature sound, as they experimented on 2000's Vavoom!. Other releases include Wolfgang's Big Night Out (2007) and Songs From Lonely Avenue (2009), their most recent original album. Three successful Christmas albums, 2002's Boogie Woogie Christmas, 2005's Dig That Crazy Christmas and 2015's Rockin' Rydolph have also been released, as well as a live CD and two live DVDs. « hide

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LPs
Rockin' Rudolph
2015

Songs From Lonely Avenue
2009

3.9
7 Votes
Wolfgang's Big Night Out
2007

3.8
7 Votes
Dig That Crazy Christmas
2005

Boogie Woogie Christmas
2002

3.8
5 Votes
Vavoom!
2000

2
1 Votes
The Dirty Boogie
1998

3.8
16 Votes
Guitar Slinger
1996

3
1 Votes
The Brian Setzer Orchestra
1994

2.5
1 Votes
Live Albums
Christmas Comes Alive!
2010

Don't Mess With a Big Band! Live
2010

The Ultimate Collection
2004

Jump, Jive An' Wail
2003

Jumpin' East of Java
2001

Compilations
Christmas Rocks!
2008

Best of the Big Band
2002

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