Slim Jim Phantom Rockabilly Autobiography
The subject of the Chap’s major forthcoming interview, Slim Jim Phantom, has published the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll autobiography.
The drummer in the Stray Cats reveals how the band had to come to London from New York to find an audience, entering the world of post-punk squats, drug holes and unreliable impresarios. Slim Jim befriended members of the Sex Pistols, The Clash and the Dammned, who helped add punk flourishes to the fledgling rockabilly band. Once the Rolling Stones had attended one of their first gigs, the band shot to British and then international stardom, taking them on journeys around the world that eventually led to Slim Jim meeting and marrying Britt Ekland.
Returning to Los Angeles after the break-up of the Stray Cats, Slim Jim set up the coolest bar in the city, the Cat Club on Sunset Strip, where the drummer’s stool was occupied by the likes of Clem Burke and Paul Cook, when Jim couldn’t make it because he was on tour with Jerry Lee Lewis. The tales in the book of playing drums with the Killer are hilarious and terrifying, while other tales of Jim’s rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle are heavy on celebrity name dropping, but light on stargazing. A Stray Cat Struts is ultimately a book about friendship, recounting the people that the author gathered along his musical travels and how some of them stuck and others didn’t. Who would not appreciate a call at three a.m. from Harry Dean Stanton to request help with the LA Times crossword puzzle?
The Chap was lucky enough to interview Slim Jim Phantom while on a brief visit to the UK, when he revealed many more rock ‘n’ roll anecdotes, as well as a fascination with Princess Diana memorabilia and confessed to housing a large collection of garden gnomes in his LA house. This remarkable conversation will be published in the February edition of The Chap. In the meantime, acquire A Stray Cat Struts from www.amazon.co.uk