SLIM JIM PHANTOM (By Shaun Mather)

Born 20 March 1961, Brooklyn, New York City, New York

Slim Jim made his mark on popular music as the drummer with the rockabilly revival trio, the Stray Cats. The Cats came from New York to London in 1980 and spent a couple of vintage years in the UK and European charts, playing an energetic set of modern rockabilly. Slim Jim's driving snare drum was an integrral part of the sound they created. For a while you couldn't visit the dentists or hairdressers without reading about his marriage to Britt Ekland in the UK's glossies and tabloids.

Following the split up of the Stray Cats, Slim Jim has worked on various projects. Together with Lee Rocker and guitarist Earl Slick they formed Phantom, Rocker & Slick. Their self-titled debut spent six months of 1985 on the US album charts and contained the single Men Without Shame, their most successful 45. Their follow-up, Cover Girl sank without trace and the group went their separate ways.

Rocker and Phantom worked together on the odd Stray Cats reunion and also formed the Swing Cats with Danny B. Harvey. The group recorded with mixed results and their CDs are hidden in the back of one of my cupboards, together with the Slick LP! Slim Jim has also worked with the Lemmy and played on the Carl Perkins TV special, where he excelled despite the irritating Ringo Starr's beard being all over his kit. His latest project is Col. Parker (featuring Gilby Clarke of Guns n' Roses) and he also jams at his Cat Club joint on Sunset Strip. He has signed an endorsement deal with Peace Musical Co. who've called their latest snare drum the Slim Jim's Phantom Beauty.

Recommended listening: Pretty much any Stray Cats album, plus the many live albums. Phantom, Rocker & Slick - at a push. Swing Cats - Swing Cats. Mixture of rockabilly and swing, slightly recommended.

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