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The Cramps are highly energetic and extremely fun. They're way too humorous to be called Goth. The music is just simple, trashy fun.
"Bad Music for Bad People" is a collection of their early ( and best ) material. Songs like "Garbage Man", "Human Fly", and "TV Set" are classics that never get old. The surf guitar and punk rawness makes it feel like you're riding in a hotrod with greasers from hell. To top it off, Lux Interior's insane voice is like a Pentecostal preacher speaking in tongues while drunk on moonshine.
The Cramps destroy the innocent sound of late `50's rock and roll by adding blatant sex and drugs themes in an offensive and psychotic manner. That's exactly what made all of punk appealing, taking simple rock `n roll from an innocent time and making it raw and rebellious. The Cramps are just as important to punk as the Ramones are.
Listening to the Cramps reminds me of old 50's footage where conservative types are talking about rock being "jungle music", all primal urge and madness, and it brings a visceral thrill into my body and makes me smile. The Cramps are all that is twisted about rock -- loud, obnoxious, silly, smart, and best of all, fun.
This collection is a decent overview of their first albums and singles, and it encapsulates some of their best moments on record (although nothing can touch the Cramps live show). They are not the greatests musicians, singers, or lyricists on the planet, but that is what makes them so very good -- they know what they do well and they do it better than anyone -- they get you moving. And whatever camp claims them on various outings (punk, psychobilly, garage rock, twisted blues) you always know you are getting the best damn rock n roll in the known universe.
Go on -- hop aboard the "Drug Train", get a "New Kind of Kick", take a ride with the "Garbage Man", and get to know the "Human Fly". It'll do you good.
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Not only are the songs here many of the Cramps best early material, but the album cover artwork by Stephen Blickenstaff is one of the most iconic in rock'n'roll today -- with Lorde... Read morePublished 2 months ago by James Gaites
I bought this for my boyfriend since it's his favorite album and is almost impossible to find. It came in time and was well packaged. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jess
We used to debate stuff like this - what category is it?
It's the Cramps category and a fine entry.
The original psychedelic punkabilly band, with the late Lux Interior's Elvis-on-drugs vocals and basic rock beats. Psychotropic-induced fun Side A, dark Southern goth Side B.Published 13 months ago by Rowan
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