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Stray Cats
You Can't Hurry Love

Artist: Stray Cats
Track: You Can’t Hurry Love
Album: 45 rpm single
Year: 1981

An old friend on FB posted a TBT picture of himself with Brian Setzer years ago and it jolted my memory.

Without naming names or places…

In the early 80’s, I was working at a record distributor and had access to free concert tickets for most shows that came to town. I even went to see shows I wasn’t interested in; it was about the vibe, drinks and the hanging out. I was maybe 20 at the time and my department boss was in his early 30’s, openly gay and one of the nicest persons I’ve ever met. He was generous, considering the amount of promo 45s that came in the door; he’d pick out a few for himself and let me take the rest home. He was a kind guy and I think about him from time to time, the way I do about other people in my life who have been kind.

I sensed he was lonely and felt out of the loop at work. I hung out with other guys my age there and went to clubs with them on the weekends. There was one popular club that had all the cool upcoming acts, The Go Go’s, The Bangles, U2, Bow Wow Wow, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, to give you an idea. So around this time, the Stray Cats were coming to play there. I loved their record and was excited when my boss offered me two promo tickets to the show. I suggested that we go together.  He was taken aback a little, and though I can’t remember what he said right after, I do remember persuading him to go and not to feel out of place. I knew he loved the Stray Cats record too. He agreed to meet me at the club. This was a big club and all shows were standing room only. We met there early and got right up to the front of the stage. Some of my friends from work were there too. Right before the Stray Cats came on, I lit a joint. My boss got all nervous and started surveilling the place. I told him to relax, this is the kind of club where if we got caught, they’d tell us to snuff it or kick us out, no arrests. Not that I knew from experience. We finished the joint, the Stray Cats came on stage, the place was alive, Setzer’s guitar playing, the skinny bass player manhandling that upright, what can you say, everyone was blown away. What a show! But this cover of The Supremes tune totally made the night. They killed it, no one was expecting it.

This studio version, (the flip side to their Rock This Town 45), is tame compared to the live performance I heard that night.

Be kind.

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