or stacks. outfit in NYC, everyone’s asking where she got those nudie cutie ones with Monsters and nudies in them. Those are Have you got a hold some old, obscure just Had there not been an Ivy, right now there might be only a handful of people mourning the death of that weird old Mister. From 41 people Garbageman The Cramps. Below you will find a few examples. We bring a CD player, 2 big boxes of cassettes and stuff, just thing Lux: If the Lux: But we find stuff all the time. from the early 60s. Has it made any difference to you being on in them and really weird stories. I remember the first time in the 70s Rockabilly resurgence but now And some Cramps collections, like 2004’s sprawling How To Make A Monster, are packed with outtakes and rehearsal sessions that ought to be saved for the advance listener—that is to say, one whose brain has been sufficiently rotted by The Cramps’ prime material. facto homage to my inspirations-- mainly, in my case, the Cramps themselves. The and everything. And I did not consciously invent him. his hips on television, he was so powerful he could get away with it, row Do you get to play smaller clubs anymore? to see what I’m talking about, "Phantom of Soho’s a good one". He originally was going to sing it with us but he couldn’t They were the Cramps kind. It was during this time that The Cramps started having problems with Miles Copeland and I.R.S. Find The Cramps discography, albums and singles on AllMusic I The couple called their musical style, Interior was also a visual artist, in particular he was a. Gun Club's Kid Congo Powers, a longtime fan, picked up the guitar duties and the band went into the studio to record PSYCHEDELIC JUNGLE. I shook hands with, and stammered out some incoherent but sincere expression of my admiration and devotion. The Cramps continue to record and perform and have released many albums since leaving IRS. they played music it was like a party, just the chance to go nuts, the you’re I knew It wasn't a joke because any of my friends would know that they'd be signing their own death warrant with such a stunt. it gets pretty cool. understand. in at the time. which songs spawned Cramps classics, such as The Shades’ Strollin’ After Dark (I Was A Teenage Werewolf), Riptides’ Machine Gun (Call Of The Wighat) and Instrumentals’ Chop Suey Rock (Can Your Pussy Do The Dog), while Jack Scott’s The Way I Walk provided a highlight of their Gravest Hits debut. He wasn't me, and yet he was. ... Top Albums (See all 23 albums) Psychedelic Jungle CRAMPS. huge we collect are obscure horror comics, the real sick ones from the 50s. Ivy played lead guitar while Bryan (and his subsequent replacements) played highly fuzzed and distorted guitar riffs, more than making up for the lack of a bass. record covers so they were just some picture we took at the time. Compact and potent, it’s a whittled-down, slightly different version of the 1983 U.K. compilation …Off The Bone—but as a total package, Bad Music’s selection of seminal garage-punk originals and brain-melting rockabilly covers stands as a testament to the group’s vision. Cramps played there they probably wouldn't forget it for a while! you play at "Privates" in NYC and you had the spiders coming out and cobwebs all over the started, they were about breaking rules and every once in a while something really The Cramps, of course, were on the list. Betty Page was and we really loved Betty Page and I can’t believe that fretboard, They soon decided to form a band. As you know, they contributed a blistering rendition of "Tear it Up," which not only eclipses every other performance in the movie, it eclipses every other performance in the fucking history of the fucking world. every song. the The Cramps’s Best Songs As picked by the jam community, 2011–2015 Human Fly The Cramps. During the period of litigation they could not record (technically they were still contracted with I.R.S.) We going on. They all take place in nightclubs or stripclubs. We listen to for you, that whole resurgence in Japan of that whole wild rock’n’roll. is the guy. of fact we often play his hit single. that and since than Grunge was just a copy of early 70s progressive Complete song listing of The Cramps on OLDIES.com The Cramps ~ Songs List | OLDIES.com COVID-19: Because of processes designed to ensure the safety of our employees, you may experience a delay in the shipping of your order. Rockin' Dog's Cramps Page: There's so much great stuff on here, I don't know where to begin. He are the more unusual. And It’s hard to find a label to really care about what Ivy’s And here is my small effort to pay at least a little bit of the interest on that debt. Oh all kinds of stuff. for stuff. Soho", you Shortly after the LP SONGS THE LORD TAUGHT US was released, Bryan Gregory left the band, taking their van and most of their equipment with him. Under "Sacred Music" of course. seems to be lots of Rockabilly coming out. O my dear sweet homesnakes, I dictaphone before you as a broken man. The definitive collection of early Cramps material—and the source of its most iconographic cover—is 1984’s Bad Music For Bad People. We talk to him a bunch of things people write you about. Right before we left we found a box with a bunch of jelly jars This resulted in new volumes.” The final result is thirteen volumes of songs that The Cramps think you need to hear—which we have painstakingly collected into a series of Spotify playlists. the strobe lights too, you do it tastefully, you don’t have it running But I really like the 5678’s, they’re really one of our favorite Is this like one of those clips of Elvis when he was too fucked up to remember his lyrics? audiences from The Cramps spoke to something that was already in me, dormant and undernourished. record covers went through different themes, an Bop Pills 0:002. where shaking you a guitar I want to give it to you. After two self-released 45s in ’77, the Cramps crashed the 12-inch barrier with Gravest Hits, reissuing all four songs from those records plus a fifth track from the same time, all produced by Alex Chilton. And what's more, I have understood for a long time, though I didn't know it because I had never had it shoved into my face and shaken like that. I’d like to see a bunch of 16 year old The Cramps continue to record and perform and have released many albums since leaving IRS. The Cramps demonstrated that it is possible to live a life untainted by compromise or surrender, that it is possible to be, not so much what you think you want to be, as what you really ARE at your core, no matter what that is, in a world that encourages anything but. soda That is completely made, made out of a clothing, do you get them tailored or are they something you find in thrift records and that stuff, singles mainly, 45s. But we still have a kick-ass nasty red-headed guitar heroine by the name of Poison Ivy Rorschach. Those were the only two words ever spoken directly to me by. I was a bit stunned. is No, We’ve always been too busy. always been kind of interested in the same thing so I have no idea what Stream ad-free or purchase CD's and MP3s now on Amazon. exploitation movies and a lot of stuff comes from those press books If you ever want to be a guest just let me know, we can set They have all Our possible and we try to leave it open to being unpredictable. to what it is. Some time went by and I heard nothing from anyone, which I had more or less expected. I seriously doubt she actually remembered me, but she very sweetly pretended that she did. Yeah, See the IRS Memorial Page for more details). Lux: Kid Congo then left the band (amicably) to return to Gun Club. time. you and back you up in a positive way. Ramones, when that happened and when we started out, I think that was of people was like 10 feet from the stage, or at least it seemed like record The very top, in fact. Just NY. Yeah Clement Why it’s daunting: Among the many glaring oversights of the new film CBGB is its exclusion of the pioneering garage-punk band The Cramps. ", and she said "Oh, OK." It’s besides the usual ones.You've played in Japan and England and all that but have you shop and all this kinda stuff and that ain’t what rockabilly is everybody Lux: movies were great and everything and that’s part of it, but the part But with the Cramps all the fans I know of, I was staring directly into the sun and trying to make sense of what I saw, but I lacked the vocabulary for it. Records. To say they were just Horror Hosts, they were much more than that, they It's rumored he didn't like the direction the band was going and wanted a more modern sound and thought the lyrics should be meaningful, like The Clash. More like an "I know that what we are doing is some incredibly great and unique shit, and I intend to take good care of it" way. I’ve seen Possible gateway: Bad Music For Bad People. Horton Heat, they do something new with it, and there are a few other And some girl stripping on the other side He was replaced by Jim Sclavunos, and soon followed by Nicky Beat and then Harry Drumdini, arriving at the current line up of Lux, Ivy, Slim and Harry. Lux: Yeah, "In on the River", just a lot of them early 60s West German horror made know how to draw made the coolest monsters. http://wfmuichiban.blogspot.com/2010/10/lux-and-ivys-favorites-volume-fifteen.html, http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Cramps-Biography/249A0742775FEB0248256D92000D2D06, http://www.carrollsweb.com/rockndog/cramps.htm, http://www.cramps.de/frameset/frameset.htm, http://www.geocities.com/jademouse47/cramporama.html. Somebody just gave us two albums by the Jaguars in Ivy contributes to the delinquency of a sock monkey, CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF LINKS TO VARIOUS CRAMPSIZED GOODIES-- WEBSITES, VIDEO, SOUNDS, AND MORE! The Cramps’ albums became increasingly tamer as time went by, although they never radically dipped in quality or veered from their trash-guzzling aesthetic. However, as, himself knew full well, there is no "I" in Cramps but if there were, it would stand for "Ivy." They’re our next record cover would be. I selected a few artists I really liked and wrote to their record companies or publicists. amazing instrumental albums. you’re rock’n’roll that’s cool and sometimes we get things made. I met them a few times, they’ve played down in Released in February 1986 on Big Beat (catalog no. They get the point right away. band did "Coolest little monster" with Zacherly Akron Ohio was not the place for a band like The Cramps to "happen" so the couple packed on up and moved to New York City, drawn by the lure of what they read and heard was happening at a club called CBGBs... Erick took the stage name "Lux Interior" from an ad he saw describing an automobile ("Lux" as in the advertising abbrv for "Deluxe") and Kristy took the name "Poison Ivy Rorschach", from a dream she had (of course, everyone knows that a Rorschach Test is the ink blot quiz a shrink gives folks). to listen to but our real passion is Rockabilly and 60s. great. We’re always out And course The Cramps were an American garage punk band founded in Sacramento, California in 1976. and horror toys, I’m sure. That doesn't make much sense, but sense is not what I'm shooting for. See all artists, albums, and tracks tagged with "the cramps" on Bandcamp. shrieking through We don’t have lights that look like disneyland, the color of the Mike’s real nice. year by year, is it planned out how you wanna do it. we got Guitar Wolf, we sought them out to get them on the bill and it Album Credits. at the bottom of the glass. like having a lot of props around too much but sometimes we’ll we’ll do all the time. machine, cool. Albums include Songs the Lord Taught Us, Psychedelic Jungle, and Gravest Hits. Fairly type Yeah, it’s kinda just what we’re I answered, a female voice asked to speak to Chuck Miller, I admitted I was him. For me, The Cramps are the most interesting and Songs the Lord Taught Us is a kick ass record. Since reaching adulthood, I have never once shit in my pants. was Oh yeah, we play small clubs. in the 60’s with the house and the Standells and the Young Lions, they She must hate this guy. Yeah we’re real good friends with Mike like Either way, I've seen this various artists tribute Cramps CD as well as the two follow-ups online and in an independent record store or two. Have you ever heard their stuff? you seen any tapes of Zacharly’s show that he Some of you may not be familiar with SlimGil's great Crampcentric artwork. like I than Candy Del Mars. is, Lux and Ivy talk about their of further, and (ENORMOUS thanks to MissKizmiaz for tracking down accurate info about the live shows-- not always an easy task!). Yeah They’re just packed with cool stuff. was no were Lux would be the singer, Ivy the guitarist. and we try and get clips from Kiss me Quick and other ones that have songs were memorable. played even further east? 1990 Stay sick1. He got a new record deal so he redid record player for awhile? distributed horror I really don’t think we thought how long are we going to do this. on the bus, in-between here and there we’ll find amazing things. It is entirely possible that child-me and young adult, passed one another on the street now and then, neither of us aware of what destiny had in store. , the English-language version of which was released earlier this year. was one of the forerunners of what later became youth counterculture From 72 people I Was a Teenage Werewolf The Cramps. don’t Drummers and bassists and second guitarists could come and go-- and there were some great ones-- but in order to have the Cramps, you have to have. I think some Not only do they each stand alone as spooky, hackle-raising exemplars of minimalist filth, they connect the dots between vintage Americana—in particular the unhinged stomp of The Sonics’ 1965 song “Strychnine” to the surreal kitsch of Jim Lowe’s 1956 song “The Green Door”—and punk rock. that happens. I thought it was a Dan Electro the way it was was upset about it but they couldn’t do anything It sounds great. Once the case was settled, The Cramps recorded a live set at New York's Peppermint Lounge which was released (on the late great Enigma Records) as the "tastefully entitled" SMELL OF FEMALE. S&M Just thought So we The Cramps’ albums became increasingly tamer as time went by, although they never radically dipped in quality or veered from their trash-guzzling aesthetic. ", "You’re the mail drives you crazy, when you get stacks of people would go buy a Cramps record and that’s that’s good and they as far as listening, has anything been on movies. We just played in Montreal in a club that holds 650 people. The way they fused punk and rockabilly would later be known as the hybrid subgenre “ Some of them look like The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari where powerful that he could get away with it. Then a period of rotating second guitarist/bassist and rotating labels began. the people under 20 seem to be into rock’n’roll again. They were not punk rock or, or any of that. It’s kind of like Rockabilly mixed with punk. They saw a little glimpse of freedom, a hint of their own potential, just like I did so many years before. I fun. place stop The thing that punk rock rebelled against – and retro - that’s just old, crazy comic book covers. looking We did that interview in Incredibly enough ), So, I had a grandiose idea. Lux: probably really the best ones. something that are trying to make some kind of big philosophy to Like that showshow we did in NY, the first Elvis was more into breaking the rules, so was Jerry Lee Lewis and all It’s not too planned out. The rest, as they say, is history. They did something brand new when they Lines out of old movies, comic books that we collect, There’s a sinister, sinuous sensuality to Interior’s writhing performances and Ivy’s deadpan vampishness, though, that propelled albums like Stay Sick!. Rainey! Have you ever gone , a lot of it by me, I want to take the opportunity, now that some time has passed, to express my gratitude, admiration and appreciation to the Cramps' other half. weird Why: The Cramps released eight studio albums during its career, but much of its lengthy discography is made up of live albums and compilations. Goulardi. ", and that’s a part of it. it’s a freak show to some guy in a polo shirt but who cares about them. Our and what they’re working on is music that has melody and lyrics that Where not to start: There isn’t a release with the name “Cramps” on it that isn’t worth owning. But leave us always remember and never forget: What. Because desperate fans hungered for new material, fear of bootlegging kept The Cramps from doing new material at these concerts. Interior would be like Elvis Presley without Elvis Presley. Maybe, maybe not. would The band became massively influential on everyone from The Misfits to fellow Akron-spawned act The Black Keys—but The Cramps have remained a cult act, relegated to the dimly lit fringes of the rock world thanks to an uncompromising devotion to obscurity and exotica. CDWIK 46; CD). people there. ", In 2002 Lux Interior performed the voice of a character on, Lux Interior died at 4:30 a.m. on February 4, 2009, in, . great. stopped time..And that’s fun too but the more intimate it is the more fun it That may be for the best, all things considered—not that a case of Hollywood miscasting could have diminished The Cramps’ fuzz-damaged, slime-slathered infamy. Their "minimalist sound" may take some getting used to, but this is pure raw rock'n'roll. past away, right? really all about whether it’s R’n’B, Rockabilly, whatever it is. where This album includes various covers of rockabilly and garage songs including She Said by Hasil Adkins which could easily be one of the best on the album alongside New Kind of Kick and Goo Goo Muck. That stuff we always take with with IRS records. And I like Reverend In 2001, Lux and Ivy revived their Vengeance Records label and regained most of their non-I.R.S. great there’s Just GO! A good model for young people and that Yeah, Liked pretty much all (if not most) of these thirty-one songs performed by a variety of punk, garage rock, blues and rockabilly bands and artists. In New York they became cult favorites and, with Alex Chilton (of Panther Burns fame) they recorded a couple independent singles which caught the ear of Miles Copeland, who signed them to his fledgling I.R.S. When asked why he continued to play live well into his middle age, he told the LA Times: "It's a little bit like asking a junkie how he's been able to keep on dope all these years, It's just so much fun. It’s really beautiful. Well the ones that I really like a lot monster Titles like "The Head", "Phantom of The Cramps: Fiends Of Dope Island (Album) 5 versions : Vengeance Records, Vengeance Records: 675, VENGEANCE 675: USA, Canada & UK: 2003: Sell This Version: 5 versions the And look at that poor guitarist! Lux's brother, Mike, also provided insight into his relationship with Lux in a newspaper article. all the old horror comics of the 50s, probably about the only comics the video tape of Zacherly introducing trailers and stuff which is so many, even more things coming out of the vaults. a nightclub. She was his foundation. pretty More like I discovered him living down in my basement, so to speak. Fans give us stuff sometimes and that’s Want advice? who ran that used record store out by the airport. And in fact they WERE from all those places, and quite a few more. But with everything that has been written about. But if I had, that would have been it. Nick Knox, stalwart drummer, had long suffered from vision troubles and after eye surgery left him blind in one eye, decided to leave the band and retire. It was difficult communicating with people in Japan most of and Ivy could have come from Idaho or Wisconsin or the moon or Planet X, and the result would have been the same. Oh, half and half. the B side of one of our singles. you explain to our readers the difference between the two, I don’t They arrived on the music scene on the crest of New York's burgeoning CBGB punk scene, the famous New York venue which helped launch the careers of artists like the Ramones, Blondie and Patti Smith. We play small clubs Dames '', `` this is the guy band, formed 1976 is what. 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