Thursday, December 13, 2007

457. The Cramps - Songs The Lord Taught Us (1980)

Track Listing

1. TV Set
2. Rock On The Moon
3. Garbageman
4. I Was A Teenage Werewolf
5. Sunglasses
6. Mad Daddy
7. Mystery Plane
8. Zombie Dance
9. What's Behind The Mask
10. Strychnine
11. I'm Cramped
12. Tear It Up
13. Fever


So The Cramps come out with the first Psychobilly album, and that is no bad thing, I like the concept and sound of psychobilly, but then in this album all songs sound a bit too similar. It's a nice trick that this pony does, but it is just one. That said the overall sound is quite good and I enjoyed seeing a cover of Strychnine by The Sonics, giving tribute to who they should for their sound.

That said it is not a bad album on first impression, but after a while you start asking yourself if they can do anything else or is this a long extended suite on psychobillyness? It seems like the second option is the case, and sure that's fine for a while, and as I said I quite like the sound of it. The gothy/Lynchian sound is a good thing, the endless repetition not so much.

So in the end this is a mediocre to good album, not excellent. Frankly don't know what their other albums sound like and if they make any departures form the same formula but if they don't you just need one album frankly. It is also quite telling that the two best tracks here are covers, Strychnine and Fever, and that doesn't say much for The Cramps.

Track Highlights

1. Strychnine
2. Fever
3. I Was a Teenage Werewolf
4. Garbageman

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

Their sound was heavily influenced by early rockabilly and proto-rock'n'roll like Link Wray and Hasil Adkins, 1960s surf music acts such as The Ventures and Dick Dale, 1960s garage rock artists like The Standells, The Gants, The Trashmen, The Green Fuz and The Sonics, as well as the post-glam/early punk scene from which they emerged. They also were influenced to a degree by The Ramones and Screamin' Jay Hawkins, who is often credited for having pioneered their style of theatrical horror-blues.

I Was a Teenage Werewolf:

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