When was the last time you listened to “Stray Cat Strut” by that old rockabilly band The Stray Cats? I’ve heard it many times, even danced to it at a Stray Cats concert when I was 17. But only today did I notice that the singer calls himself a “feline Casanova.” See how ubiquitous this Casanova cat is? Making his way into 80s rockabilly songs!
If you haven’t listened to it in a while, check it out (and this most awesome original video. How do they get their hair to do that?) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEtbfzMLVWU
In fact, the hair thing. Brian Setzer (the singer) and our man Casanova would have had a lot to talk about when it comes to their hair. There’s the story about when Casanova was studying to be a junior priest (an abate) but insisted on still wearing his curly locks perfectly coiffed. He rejoiced at making his brother jealous. Casanova’s mentor Abbe Tosello told him his vanity was sinful and his hair should get him excommunicated. Casanova laughed and combed his curls. Then Tosello snuck into Casanova’s room while he was sleeping and cut off his forelocks.
When Casanova awoke and saw the damage, he went ballistic. He contacted a lawyer and said he was within his rights to commit murder, or at least bloody poor Tosello. But then Casanova visited his friend’s hairdresser, who trimmed a little here and curled a little there. Casanova declared, “I really did deserve excommunication!” Can you see why Casanova never became a priest? If someone cut off Brian Setzer’s two-foot high pompadour, he’d probably do the same. Setzer could give Casanova some good tips about modern hair gel. I bet Casanova would buy Bed Head brand.
Would Casanova sing, “I owe it to the moonlight on a hot summer night?” “Singing the blues while the lady cats cry?” The stray cat in the song laments, “I wish I could be as carefree and wild, but I got cat class and I got cat style.” Yeah, so did Casanova. But don’t tell him I said so or he’d probably throw the bathwater out the window at me.