With a net worth of $6.5 million, musician Brian Setzer has carved out a respectable living for himself despite never hitting the biggest highs of rock stardom. Still, many are the struggling musicians that would kill for a career like Setzer's. That career began in the year 1979, when an almost 20 year old Setzer started a rockabilly band called The Stray Cats. Their retro sound was popular, particularly after the release of their 1982 album Built for Speed, which signaled their "arrival" in American pop music. The singles off of the album, "Rock this Town" and "Stray Cat Strut," were both top 10 songs, and continue to get airplay on radio stations across the country today.
From there, The Stray Cats eventually separated in 1984, leaving Setzer to pursue solo projects. His first album, The Knife Feels Like Justice, had a much more mainstream sound than his fans were accustomed to, and was not the smashing success he'd found with The Stray Cats. Since his early-80s peak, Setzer has continued to work as a musician, both by himself and with a variety of other bands. He can also be heard in some rather unexpected places, such as the children's Disney Channel TV show House of Mouse, for which he composed and performed the theme music.