Psych-O-Billy Priests THE CRAMPS Released Their Debut Album ‘SONGS THE LORD TAUGHT US’ 40 Years Ago

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4 May 2020

The wicked priests of graveyard psychobilly, the devilish icons of Halloween rock, the supreme masters of bogey havoc unleashed their demoniac debut album ‘SONGS THE LORD TAUGHT US‘ on 4 May 1980, yes, that’s 40 years ago, with their best line-up ever, led by the hot-blooded lovers Poison Ivy and the late great front wolf Lux Interior. This awesome record, produced by the late legendary Axel Chilton set the steamy tone for a blistering career with schizophrenic longplayers and explosive concerts. Hail hail!

AllMusic wrote: “Continuing the spooked-out and raging snarls of their Gravest Hits EP, the Cramps once again worked with Alex Chilton on the group’s full-album debut. The jacket reads “file under: sacred music,” but only if one’s definition includes the holy love of rockabilly sex-stomp, something which the Cramps fulfill in spades… electric fuzz through more layers of echo than legality should allow.” Full review here. Score: 4/5.

Full album…

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Happy Birthday To LUX INTERIOR…

21 October 2019

LUX INTERIOR (birth name Erick Lee Purkhiser), the charismatic and gloriously eccentric frontman of iconic garage band THE CRAMPS, was born on 21st October 1946. He would have turned 73 today. Unfortunately he passed away 10 years ago.

Here’s that big freakish Cramps classic to celebrate the man’s birthday…

Lux Interior about meeting his love and The Cramps guitarist Poison Ivy for the first time…

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(Photo on top: AP Press / Cramps)


From the brilliant HUMAN FLY track by THE CRAMPS
(Appeared for the first time on their Gravest Hits EP)

Well I’m a human fly
I spell (it) F, L, Y
I say buzz, buzz, buzz and it’s just because…
I’m a human fly and I don’t know why
I got ninety six tears in my ninety six eyes
I got a garbage brain, it’s drivin’ me insane
And I don’t like your ride, so push that pesticide
And baby I won’t care, ’cause baby I don’t scare
‘Cause I’m a reborn maggot using germ warfare, rockin’

I’m a human fly
It’s spelt F-L-Y
I say buzz, buzz, buzz and it’s just because…
I’m a unzipped fly and I don’t know why
And I don’t know, but I say

Buzz…ride tonight
And I say buzz…rocket ride
And I say buzz…I don’t know why
I don’t know I just, don’t know why

THE CRAMPS’ Charismatic And Frenzied Frontman LUX INTERIOR Passed Away 10 Years Ago Today…

4 February 2019

Tumultuous misfits THE CRAMPS were a terrifically entertaining and rakish glam psychobilly sensation started by lovebirds LUX INTERIOR (born Erick Lee Purkhiser
in 1946) and POISON IVY (born Kristy Wallace in 1953) back in 1972 in Sacramento, California. Their live shows (with a regularly changing line-up over the years) rapidly became the hottest talk of the town (and later the world) as their adrenalin injected
rock ‘n’ roll explosiveness embraced all things spicy, decadent, sexy and provocative as well in sound, lyrics and excitatory appearance. In one word: PERFECT! They released a series of albums, from red-hot toppers to a couple of flops, but never failed when it came to unleash their hellish demons on stage. Unfortunately, their tempestuous roller coaster exploits came to an end when Lux Interior passed away on 4 February 2009, only 62. Ten years ago today. Cause of death: aortic dissection. To remember the unforgettable and one of a kind motherrocker Turn Up The Volume! selected three rad The Cramps (live) knockouts. Let’s fucking roll…




Lux Interior about meeting Poison Ivy

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