Back in the early ‘80s, Stray Cats brough their brand of rockabilly to the masses with a vintage look, great videos and catchy music. Jim himself had a unique style – he played (bass as well) standing up.
Jim explains: “We were playing small places and we came up with, ‘What if we put the drums to the front and had the guys like in a line-up?’. We’d done 200 gigs when we were very young around New York. We had time to experiment with everything and we were very good at the same time. It worked really early on. We really knew we were on to something when people started liking it.”
Read more of the interview with Jim – and his drummer son TJ McDonnell – in this month’s Rhythm.
Here’s Jim in action with Stray Cats back in the day: