Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Slim Jim Phantom, Lee Rocker and Earl Slick released two classic rockin' albums in the mid 80's that never made the transition from vinyl to digital. In late 1984 when the Stray Cats career started to decline and tensions among the band members were on the rise, Brian Setzer decided it was time to call it a day and the trio was no more. Bass player Lee Rocker and drummer Slim Jim Phantom hooked up with guitarist Earl Slick, who had played with David Bowie and Silver Condor as well as leading his own band. The Cat boys brought along their rockabilly roots, Slick brought along some glam rock muscle and in 1985 Phantom Rocker and Slick released their self titled debut. Most critics hated it, but I freakin' loved it. The best song by far on Phantom, Rocker and Slick is "Men Without Shame," a swaggering 6 1/2-minute jolt of pure electricity. Slick's guitar work is masterful and bears down on you like a locomotive. On the strength of this song alone the album stayed on the charts for six months. Keith Richards and Nicky Hopkins make an appearance on the album and there is not a bad song to be found.

Their second album Cover Girl came out in 1986 and yielded one hit, a cover of the Hollies, Long Cool Woman in a Black dress. Both albums were only released on vinyl or cassette and sometimes you can find a copy on Ebay or elsewhere for an extravagant price. Back in 2008 Jim was asked a question about the possibility of these two classic albums ever being released again and he replied that they were trying but the record company wasn't cooperating. The second album is not quite as strong as their debut album but still has some quality stuff on it and is worth tracking down if you have a turntable. Homercat has a couple tracks here and if anyone is really interested in the rest, drop me an email and the cat can hook you up.

Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress
Cover Girl

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Coolcat said...

PHantom Rocker and Slick's first album is on my top 10 albums of all time