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Slim Jim Phantom – 2019 Interview

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When we last interviewed you in 2017, the idea of a Stray Cats reunion was but a pipe dream. When did the pipe get fired up and what started it? The continuing saga of Stray Cats fired up again with an offer from a festival in the states in April 2018 that celebrates all things Rockabilly – the consensus amongst the three of us was that if we hadn’t fallen in love with Gene Vincent in 1979, none of this would still be around today. That got us talking and feeling tasty and we agreed it was time to show…

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When you first chose the name Slim Jim Phantom and became the drummer in the Stray Cats, did you realise that you’d never be able to gain weight or lose your hair? I have the same name as my father, as is the practice with the NYC Irish nobility. His nickname is Big Jim, so I became Slim Jim. When we got into rockabilly, everybody needed a nickname and mine stuck real good and tight. I did meet a guy in London much later, a heavy set lad and his name was also Slim… As for my Barnett Fair, we…

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