The Cramps, perfection

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With a cover like this, it's got to be good:

Jazzbo (jmcgaw), Sunday, 15 February 2004 22:43 (10 years ago) Permalink

For the me, one of the best Cramps' lyrics is the "Shake that thing, I'll buy you a diamond ring".

POISON.IVY, Monday, 16 February 2004 14:41 (10 years ago) Permalink

I'd vote for...

Like an itty bitty baby takes apart his toys, I gotta find what's riliin' up the boys...sugar & spice is just a bluff, you can tell me baby WHAT IS THAT STUFF?

Ya cain't see it by sattelite -- b-baby that's cheatin'! The president's callin' an emergency meeting. The King of Siam sent a tellagram that said a-whop-bop-a-lu-ba-lop-bop-boom-bam ah-WHEE....What's inside a girl? That wavy gravy's got my head in a whirl!

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 16 February 2004 15:40 (10 years ago) Permalink

Let us now observe a moment of silence for the late Bryan Gregory, the extra freaky guitar player who created those awesome Neanderthal noise solos on those early tracks (e.g. "TV Set," "Garbage Man").

Lee G (Lee G), Monday, 16 February 2004 17:29 (10 years ago) Permalink

I've had his picture on my refrigerator for the past three years. It's never coming down!

Arthur (Arthur), Monday, 16 February 2004 17:57 (10 years ago) Permalink

4 years pass...

I found out a cd copy of "Purple Knif Show", basically a Lux Interior radio show recorded back in 1984. Killer playlist and Lux going wild at the mic - best purchase in a long time.

Marco Damiani, Friday, 3 October 2008 16:01 (6 years ago) Permalink

theres also that songs we taught the cramps comp. for anotehr awesome cramps inpired playlist

Zeno, Friday, 3 October 2008 16:16 (6 years ago) Permalink

i'm ashamed to say that I own that comp too (both volumes...)

Marco Damiani, Friday, 3 October 2008 16:17 (6 years ago) Permalink

"didn't see them until late (the Flamejob tour), and it was still one of the best live shows I've ever seen."

OTfM

replace "ashamed" with "proud"
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Zeno, Friday, 3 October 2008 16:19 (6 years ago) Permalink

i just listened to Songs the Lord Taught Us twice in a row form beg. to end last night. it was fucking fantastic.

haven't you all heard? (surfboard dudes get wiped out, totally), Friday, 3 October 2008 16:25 (6 years ago) Permalink

my favourite is still the masterpiece Psychedelic Jungle, songs the lord close 2nd.

Zeno, Friday, 3 October 2008 16:27 (6 years ago) Permalink

yeah that psych. jungle/gravest hits dual cd is essential.... besides the aforementioned albums and Bad Music is there anything else I need???

haven't you all heard? (surfboard dudes get wiped out, totally), Friday, 3 October 2008 16:29 (6 years ago) Permalink

There's also that Born Bad series which has a lot of the same songs as Songs The Cramps Taught Us.

Off The Bone is my fave cos it has Human Fly on it, amongst many other super-awesome songs. We played Human Fly at my wedding!

I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE UP TO (Colonel Poo), Friday, 3 October 2008 16:30 (6 years ago) Permalink

Off The Bone is (I think) the British version of Bad Music For Bad People but has more songs on it?

I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE UP TO (Colonel Poo), Friday, 3 October 2008 16:30 (6 years ago) Permalink

"smell of female"!
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Zeno, Friday, 3 October 2008 16:30 (6 years ago) Permalink

Purple Knif Show = CLASSIC

StanM, Friday, 3 October 2008 16:31 (6 years ago) Permalink

there are like a million of the purple knif/songs taught/lux and ivy's favorites, aren't there? the latter in particular are real goldmines - guitar gospel like charlie jackson, sweet rockabilly, lots of link wray, ric cartey, weird novelty doo wop and stuff.

schlump, Friday, 3 October 2008 16:32 (6 years ago) Permalink

You need the song "Surfing Dead" from the "Return of the Living Dead" soundtrack, which is a blast (I think it might also be on the CD version of "Smell of Female."

Agreed - one of the best live shows I've ever seen. I saw Lux and Ivy walking down the sidewalk in Glendale once and my heart started beating really fast.

Savannah Smiles, Friday, 3 October 2008 16:32 (6 years ago) Permalink

"(I think it might also be on the CD version of "Smell of Female."

it is, and that cd is a must

Zeno, Friday, 3 October 2008 16:35 (6 years ago) Permalink

indeed its is. "surfing dead" is astonishing, and there's also the kill! kill! faster pussycat cover.

Marco Damiani, Friday, 3 October 2008 16:37 (6 years ago) Permalink

IT is.

Marco Damiani, Friday, 3 October 2008 16:37 (6 years ago) Permalink

back to Psych Jungle:
it's their darkest album, and the closest their sound got to the Gun Club/Birthday Party era (which came later!).
also, Voodoo Idol is the best Crapms songs ever.

Zeno, Friday, 3 October 2008 16:42 (6 years ago) Permalink

underrated: A Date With Elvis

StanM, Friday, 3 October 2008 16:43 (6 years ago) Permalink

not for Priscilla

Zeno, Friday, 3 October 2008 16:45 (6 years ago) Permalink

All of the supposedly bad ones are underrated! Even the Epitaph one has some great tracks.

Savannah Smiles, Friday, 3 October 2008 16:45 (6 years ago) Permalink

my underrated fave. is Stay Sick!

Zeno, Friday, 3 October 2008 16:47 (6 years ago) Permalink

"All of the supposedly bad ones are underrated!"

Absolutely OTM. "Look Mom, No Head!" is great. "Miniskirt Blues" with Iggy!

Soukesian, Friday, 3 October 2008 17:01 (6 years ago) Permalink

one of the best bands ever but yeah required listening is the first batch - Psych Jungle/Songs the Lord Taught Us/Bad Music For Bad People/Smell of Female.

Even Flamejob is great ("Naked girl FALLING DOWN THE STAIRS")

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 3 October 2008 17:33 (6 years ago) Permalink

also whichever one has "What's Inside a Girl?" on it

there were a bunch of live vinyl albums making the rounds a few years ago, some of which are very entertaining. I think the one I stuck with was ROCKINANDREELININAUCKLANDNEWZEALAND

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 3 October 2008 17:34 (6 years ago) Permalink

That would be A Date With Elvis, yeah. Also contains Chicken ("Buh Buh Buckee!")

StanM, Friday, 3 October 2008 17:41 (6 years ago) Permalink

I heard sean yseult from white zombie was going on tour with them this fall... wonder if that's still happening?

Edward III, Friday, 3 October 2008 17:48 (6 years ago) Permalink

I guess it happened 2 years ago lol cramps update yr website

Edward III, Friday, 3 October 2008 17:53 (6 years ago) Permalink

did anyone hear that comp a couple of years ago, how to make a monster? it had a lot of really great scrappy covers on there, like a tav-falco-ish sweet woman blues. it's not my very favourite cramps stuff, but i like the songs that sound halfway to bobby vee - green door, lonesome town &c.

schlump, Friday, 3 October 2008 18:02 (6 years ago) Permalink

I still have never seen, but am dying to, the concert DVD of them playing live at that mental institution. Anyone seen this?

Savannah Smiles, Friday, 3 October 2008 18:06 (6 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, it's diverting but not something you have to die, or kill, to see. It's under half an hour so might be in bits on Youtube maybe?

The Slash My Father Wrote (DJ Mencap), Friday, 3 October 2008 18:12 (6 years ago) Permalink

the mental institution thing is like 15 minutes long and the footage is incredibly shitty (lolz early 80s video quality) but it has its moments. audio quality is terrible - really the only fun thing about it is watching the inmates get into it.

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 3 October 2008 18:25 (6 years ago) Permalink

well the cramps themselves are also fun I guess but you can't really hear/see what they're doing

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 3 October 2008 18:25 (6 years ago) Permalink

I mean, LONESOME TOWN.
The perfect cover of a perfect song.

Marco Damiani, Friday, 3 October 2008 18:27 (6 years ago) Permalink

Yeah I got it off Slsk years ago and can attest to ^

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I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE UP TO (Colonel Poo), Friday, 3 October 2008 18:27 (6 years ago) Permalink

"audio quality is terrible - really the only fun thing about it is watching the inmates get into it"

this, and how band members are perfectly at ease, i.e. brian gregory grinning happily all the time.

Marco Damiani, Friday, 3 October 2008 18:28 (6 years ago) Permalink

it's all on Youtube & video.google.com & stuff.

Saw them a couple of years ago and they're now embarrassingly old. Imagine your granddad in a bikini: that's Lux on stage now.

StanM, Friday, 3 October 2008 18:29 (6 years ago) Permalink

how dare people age, who do they think they are.

cramps were always grotesque

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 3 October 2008 18:33 (6 years ago) Permalink

lolz early 80s video quality

more like late 70s! it's smeary b&w but totally worth seeing at least once. also very easy to find.

lux is very old... 62 now?

Edward III, Friday, 3 October 2008 18:34 (6 years ago) Permalink

the napa footage on youtube looks like somebody filmed their TV while watching the video

Edward III, Friday, 3 October 2008 18:36 (6 years ago) Permalink

friend of mine says last time they toured Sweden, grown men were weeping with horror

100 tons of hardrofl beyond zings (Just got offed), Friday, 3 October 2008 18:36 (6 years ago) Permalink

buy the napa DVD

http://www.amazon.com/Cramps-Live-State-Mental-Hospital/dp/B00018D5RQ

watch this one online instead

Edward III, Friday, 3 October 2008 18:38 (6 years ago) Permalink

there is something magnificent, about the cramps

100 tons of hardrofl beyond zings (Just got offed), Friday, 3 October 2008 18:42 (6 years ago) Permalink

I've never seen the Cramps live. I should be smacked. Hard. Idiot!!!!

peskypesky, Saturday, 4 October 2008 04:48 (6 years ago) Permalink

3 years pass...

What in the fuck?

Human Fly by The Cramps, revisited by a classical group. 12 violins, 1 solo violin, 4 Cellos, 1 piano and 1 soprano.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 18 November 2011 17:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wow. Will have to check that out later.

Oh yeah, the RIP thread was a different one

tell me things about The Cramps (RIP Lux Interior)

curmudgeon, Friday, 18 November 2011 17:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

*wonders what's going on with Poison Ivy* :-(

She ruled at least as much as Lux did, IMHO.

StanM, Friday, 18 November 2011 18:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

5 months pass...

downloaded a crappy rip of the Purple Knif Show and this is still the best shit ever

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Sunday, 6 May 2012 18:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

OTM. (There's no better rip btw, I've only ever found shitty sounding copies - that's almost part of its charm)

StanM, Sunday, 6 May 2012 20:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://scaryideas.com/content/26375/

:-(

StanM, Sunday, 6 May 2012 20:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hanni El Khatib is fuckin horrible btw

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Sunday, 6 May 2012 20:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

they should just have used the original. no doubt some ad exec felt it needed to sound "modern".

stirmonster, Sunday, 6 May 2012 22:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Maybe they didn't get permission or a cover was cheaper?

StanM, Sunday, 6 May 2012 22:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

that's possible. there's a great human fly cover by sonovac they could have used.

stirmonster, Sunday, 6 May 2012 22:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

such an amazing band

they really deserve a career-spanning box set

what's up ugly girls? (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 3 September 2013 18:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

True - but I'd like to see a feature-length documentary even more. There's amazing local news clips from Memphis TV in that Big Star doc, must be tons more great stuff out there.

brio, Tuesday, 3 September 2013 19:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

that panther burns footage is the shit

szarkasm (schlump), Tuesday, 3 September 2013 19:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

shitty quality version:

brio, Tuesday, 3 September 2013 19:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

I wish Ivy would play guitar again - totally underrated.

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 3 September 2013 19:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yeah - would be nice to know how she's doing these days.

brio, Tuesday, 3 September 2013 19:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

was just looking at the Cramps section of my local store, I could swear that all of the LP versions of their regular studio albums were counterfeit pressings. Really hope Ivy does some kind of comprehensive reissue campaign, and yes a box set would be v nice.

money, chicken and other DNA (sleeve), Tuesday, 3 September 2013 20:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

I can't blame Ivy for effectively retiring but seems like curating their legacy would be right up her alley. of course, there are probably legal/label problems up the wazoo, who knows who owns what

what's up ugly girls? (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 3 September 2013 20:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

"just try and imagine how little I care"

a hard dom is good to find (Edward III), Tuesday, 3 September 2013 20:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

"nobody stops a take of the fuckin Cramps in the fuckin studio!"

what's up ugly girls? (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 4 September 2013 17:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

amazing

brio, Wednesday, 4 September 2013 18:14 (1 year ago) Permalink

5 months pass...

There seems to be many of these types of compilations, anyone hear this? What's recommended?

http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-beat-from-badsville-vol-1-trash-classics-from-lux-ivys-vinyl-mountain-mw0002410502

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 22 February 2014 20:35 (8 months ago) Permalink

That looks like a fun set. I downloaded these years ago:

http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2009/02/lux-and-ivys-favorites-mp3s.html

but should upgrade to higher quality sets like this one when I get the chance.

EZ Snappin, Saturday, 22 February 2014 20:51 (8 months ago) Permalink

Ned pointed out on twitter that some of those have been cleaned up and the series expanded by the original compiler. Available here:

http://kogarsjunglejuice.blogspot.com/

EZ Snappin, Saturday, 22 February 2014 21:04 (8 months ago) Permalink

who in the hell needs that cleaned up? it'd be better to have an unmastered underwater shortwave wax cylinder molten 96kbps cassette version

massaman gai, Saturday, 22 February 2014 21:15 (8 months ago) Permalink

exactly

curmudgeon, Sunday, 23 February 2014 21:14 (8 months ago) Permalink

7 months pass...

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 21 October 2014 17:02 (1 week ago) Permalink

O_O

schlump, Tuesday, 21 October 2014 17:04 (1 week ago) Permalink

Jesus they were great.

The Complainte of Ray Tabano, Tuesday, 21 October 2014 18:14 (1 week ago) Permalink

thanks!

Voodoo Idol 21:40! Love!

nostormo, Tuesday, 21 October 2014 21:15 (1 week ago) Permalink

glad i saw them live..

nostormo, Tuesday, 21 October 2014 21:16 (1 week ago) Permalink

yeah their Halloween shows were a treat

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 21 October 2014 21:16 (1 week ago) Permalink


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