Price started mixing the swing sound he'd worked with overseas into the hard blues he'd grown up hearing in New Orleans.
His first attempt at this fusion resulted in "Stagger Lee", an updated version of an old blues about a man who murders his friend in a barroom. Built with swinging horns, peppy 'pop' background vocals and shuddering piano, the song titillated audiences around the world with its 'low' subject matter.
"We've always resisted recording other people's tunes for a Lone Sharks record, even though at a show we do a lot of vintage stuff. We felt there wasn't much point doing a cover unless it was something relatively rare or something that we felt we could really put our stamp on.
Stagger Lee is such a standard that we felt it went beyond the issue of it being covered many times. It's just a lot of fun to play. New Orleans music is such a big part of our repertoire."