On this day in music history: June 7, 1982 – “Built For Speed”, the US debut album by the Stray Cats is released. Produced Dave Edmunds, Hein Hoven and The Stray Cats, it is recorded at Eden Studios, Jam Studios in London and AIR Studios in Montserrat, W.I. from Early – Late 1981. The first American album by the Massapequa, LI, NY rockabilly trio is a compilation that features six tracks from their self-titled UK debut and five tracks from their second UK album “Gonna Ball”. Heavily influenced by 1950’s rockabilly music pioneers like Eddie Cochran, Carl Perkins, Bill Haley & His Comets, and Gene Vincent, the band garner a solid following playing bars and clubs in their native Long Island, NY and New York City punk venues like CBGB’s and Max’s Kansas City. They get their big break when they move to England in 1980, and they meet musician Dave Edmunds (“I Hear You Knocking”). They are quickly signed by Arista Records in the UK and land a spot as the opening act for The Rolling Stones. EMI-America Records in the US sign them and release “Speed”. “Stray Cat Strut” (#3 Pop) is initially released as the first single a few weeks after the album in July of 1982. Top 40 radio programmers unsure of what to make of the band, greet the record with indifference. The Stray Cats fortunes turn around when “Rock This Town” (#9 Pop) is issued in September. Accompanied by a memorable video clip, MTV begins airing it, and radio soon catches on, with the single hitting the top ten before Christmas. “Strut” is then re-released the same month, entering the chart the week of Christmas, rocketing up the chart and into the top five by the end of February 1983. The albums sales propelled by the two singles are very strong, but is unable to grab the top spot on the pop album chart, held off by Men At Work’s “Business As Usual” and then Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. Out of print on vinyl in the US since 1989, it is reissued as a 180 gram LP as part of the “From The Capitol Vaults” reissue series. “Built For Speed” spends fifteen weeks at number two on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.