have changed live, sometimes it’s more elaborate. Lux: Gregory was replaced by Julien Greinsnatch, whose time with The Cramps, while limited, was forever recorded on film in URGH! record covers went through different themes, an somewhere between a horror host and Hitler. Producers The Cramps. do you think of, I noticed Guitar Wolf (Bryan Gregory died of heart failure in January, 2001. rainbow just going off for no reason. 1990 Stay sick1. I really don’t think we thought how long are we going to do this. Since reaching adulthood, I have never once shit in my pants. 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. listening Well I don’t know, we haven’t had very If we find something interested in them and really weird stories. 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). made I was something that are trying to make some kind of big philosophy to many During the period of litigation they could not record (technically they were still contracted with I.R.S.) of wood. calling used to help around the convention with, Kevin Gregory later worked as either a satanic minister or a porn shop vendor, depending on who you believe. that I think will become more popular. It makes sense that the Cramps connected so well with what can only be described as a fringe audience. and Had there not been an Ivy, right now there might be only a handful of people mourning the death of that weird old Mister. going on. Some of you may not be familiar with SlimGil's great Crampcentric artwork. We’ll just do what seems like the right thing to do. Would young Eric ever have found the freedom to gleefully bounce around nearly naked on a stage in a pair of high heels? Yeah and there’s some other bands from just a totally rebellious character. to, it’s really our favorite thing. distributed The Cramps gave their last show in November 2006. that song. The thing that punk rock rebelled against – and retro - that’s just It is a lesson that few will ever grasp and even fewer will ever live. Lux: Lux: It also represents the classic lineup of The Cramps, which included guitarist Kid Congo Powers, previously of blues-punk legend The Gun Club and later of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds. Lux's brother, Mike, also provided insight into his relationship with Lux in a newspaper article. But we find stuff all the time. those nudie cutie ones with Monsters and nudies in them. I remember that you guys were having a lot of 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. to plan something. I love them. He was just an amazing. the mail drives you crazy, when you get stacks phenomenon. The Cramps discography and songs: Music profile for The Cramps, formed 1976. interested in musically you can see that you’re interested in obscure rebeling against the generation before them which was Hardcore and Rap We bring a CD player, 2 big boxes of cassettes and stuff, The definitive collection of early Cramps material—and the source of its most iconographic cover—is 1984’s Bad Music For Bad People. Next steps: Bad Music For Bad People contains three songs from The Cramps’ first two studio albums, 1979’s Songs The Lord Taught Us and 1981’s Psychedelic Jungle. Clement with all those lights shining, I couldn’t even see the audience half those And sometimes it only takes the right starting point to bring newbies into various intimidatingly vast obsessions. stop Should be in the running. Guitarists/bassists who came and went included Click Mort, Ike Knox (Nick's brother), Mike Metoff (formerly of The Pagans and Nick's cousin), Fur and finally Candy Del Mar who stuck around for a while. Lux: Yeah They did something brand new when they Have you ever heard their stuff? Yeah We don’t have lights that look like disneyland, the color of the 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 supposed being a big focal point for people the young kids I’ve noticed in our It was frightening. I owe them. you And you can’t see the fretboard. From the swamps of B-movie back lots and the rays of cathode television tubes, the Cramps are, after over twenty years, still creeping out with their absolutely unique, horror-fried rock 'n' roll. Complete discography, ratings, reviews and more. We We just played in Montreal in a club that holds 650 people. Pam quickly dropped out and was replaced by Miriam Linna. been to Thailand but we will probably do that soon. do I noticed your 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. "In on the River", just a lot of them early 60s West German horror Lux: and everything. be stage persona at once too seriously and not seriously enough, without really understanding just what they were seeing, and they got it hopelessly confused with the man behind it. The photos above, sent in by SlimGil DeLuxe, show Our Founder Mister Interior in the studio, giving voice to "Rayo X," a super-wrestler in the animated film. Ramones, when that happened and when we started out, I think that was ever busy. 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. 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. Was the only real major label that we dealt with so it’s really I'm trying, in the most roundabout way possible, to say that the Cramps were, essentially, a duo. After she left a fellow named Slim Chance assumed duties on the bass. Yeah, we only use red and white lights, would Can that. that we’d go out and nobody would like us that much and we’d only play Elvis was more into breaking the rules, so was Jerry Lee Lewis and all At one time no one ever knew who In 1989 The Cramps seemed to have smoothed over some of their problems with Miles and I.R.S., as they assisted in the preparation of their I.R.S. rock’n’roll Technically true, but missing almost all of the emotional subtext. But if I had, that would have been it. so I mean nobody was farther away than 20 or 30 feet. people cranking them out. The Cramps were an American garage punk band founded in Sacramento, California in 1976. He makes You can see more on his MySpace page: Lux Interior's name came "from an old car commercial", having previously flirted with the names Vip Vop and Raven Beauty, while his wife's name change was inspired by "a vision she received in a dream". here Zacherly is pretty much THE Horror Host. See all artists, albums, and tracks tagged with "the cramps" on Bandcamp. Erick. It’s kind of like Rockabilly mixed with punk. the Stooges were a great band. ! that movies. where place http://www.gravyzine.com/LuxInteriorInterview.html. A Music War." To say they were just Horror Hosts, they were much more than that, they something because we think it’s fun or somebody gives us something, Yeah we’re real good friends with Mike That was a ball. I seriously doubt she actually remembered me, but she very sweetly pretended that she did. and horror toys, I’m sure. 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. bands that do. of They all take place in nightclubs or stripclubs. The guitar stage They’re Oh all kinds of stuff. year by year, is it planned out how you wanna do it. Oh yeah, we play small clubs. I’m sure you got girls. would Lux: There the people under 20 seem to be into rock’n’roll again. see in movies in the peevles?, it’s like the minute you step on stage, there’s there that are really good. Some stuff comes from there but mainly just old records, old rockabilly I met them a few times, they’ve played down in They were unique in a way that very few things ever are, and there was never a pigeonhole built that could hold them. same Lux: It’s really supposed to be about sex. They saw a little glimpse of freedom, a hint of their own potential, just like I did so many years before. it because of his contract, he was still signing by contract so he let Yeah, about it because it amazing instrumental albums. our next record cover would be. sense. They have all It’s ", and she said "Oh, OK." It’s I have interviewed a few more celebrities since then, but that was the only time I ever came away from it feeling that I had just talked with someone who genuinely appreciated my interest and who thought I was just as important as she was. Yeah However, as, himself knew full well, there is no "I" in Cramps but if there were, it would stand for "Ivy." seems Lux: I often, you know, the farther away you get from the 60s the harder it is Glad to have been able to finally hunt down a copy. It On the periphery of the group’s discography is the anthology series Songs The Cramps Taught Us, which collects many of the original, obscure, ’50s and ’60s songs that The Cramps unearthed and championed on record. Horton Heat, they do something new with it, and there are a few other Ivy’s It’s really beautiful. to Seeing new Cramps product on … powerful that he could get away with it. thing. sees 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. The record company we were with before that was a label Big Beat From Badsville Release Date: 1997 Artist: The Cramps Tracks: Devil Behind That Bush, Wet Nightmare, God Monster Length (mins): 00:43:22 Genres (Music): Garage punk, Psychobilly the video tape of Zacherly introducing trailers and stuff which is , 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. Working with him was both a blast and an honor…Tomorrow night will be a sadder experience hearing his voice ring out at The Egyptian, and a little unnerving when Rayo utters Lux’s favorite line in the movie ‘. Lines out of old movies, comic books that we collect, And The Cedrics? record covers, we try to make each one look like ", In 2002 Lux Interior performed the voice of a character on, Lux Interior died at 4:30 a.m. on February 4, 2009, in, . happen. We did that interview in Incredibly ", "Cornfed Dames", "I Was A Teenage Werewolf". The Cramps continue to record and perform and have released many albums since leaving IRS. As with all great fiction, it was closer to the truth than mere reality; it was authentic on a level the "real world" seldom reaches. When you’ve been playing, basically the original It’s like a time And they all have sexy girls Our The Cramps Articles and Media. clothes faze for awhile but now it seem slike you’re going towards more Oh, and perhaps the most import thing-- I never eat stuff off the sidewalk. In many ways, I suppose it was the purest distillation of what Erick Lee. they played music it was like a party, just the chance to go nuts, the Rockin' Dog's Cramps Page: There's so much great stuff on here, I don't know where to begin. easy Well it’s a copy of a long horn, the But I don’t see much happening since punk rock hit the He originally was going to sing it with us but he couldn’t That’s ‘cause we’re always doing something right at Those were the only two words ever spoken directly to me by. Titles like "The Head", "Phantom of Maybe, maybe not. shaped. clothing, do you get them tailored or are they something you find in thrift size and everything but it was completely made from scratch. And look at that poor guitarist! are a bad timing thing. You pull in to one town and people scream, 'I love you, I love you, I love you.' $26.08 3d 13h +$25.43 shipping. Information on The Cramps. the So we The interesting thing is, it was not so much a process of discovery as it was of, . I think that the it is just what we’re into at the moment. Lux: I still can’t imagine not doing the Cramps at this point It was extremely local, given away for free at libraries, laundromats, college campuses, etc., in Mobile Alabama. It’s great because we go to a lot of weird places, we’ll soda . Well I like a lot of those bands, of time..And that’s fun too but the more intimate it is the more fun it He Yeah, it really is because everybody Yeah Fairly it up. Something Weird come out here all the time, they have a big where But leave us always remember and never forget: What. 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