The Cramps, y’all
Posted Wednesday, November 4, 2009on:
|Music:||The Cramps-New Kind of Kick|
I was getting ready to go out on a date the other day, and “Garbageman” by The Cramps came on the bathroom boombox. I love The Cramps and I miss them. They kind of hung it up when their lead singer, Lux Interior traded in his mortal coil for a halo and a new pair of skin-tight, snakeskin pants in February of 2009. I was lucky enough to see them once at The Ogden on New Year’s Eve in 2000. It was a magical show.
Lux spent the entire night slowly stripping off his clothes and channeling the illegitimate swamp demon spawn of Wanda Jackson and Frank Booth. Ivy, Lux’s wife and The Cramps’ lead guitarist, serenaded his breakdown behind a giant, gold Gibson (295?). At this point, both of them were in their middle 50′s and they still looked and sounded amazing. I think they could have gone for another fifteen years, at least.
Lux and Ivy were freaks. They worshiped at the altar of low-brow, uniquely American kulture and cloaked themselves in B-sci-fi/horror and exploitation flicks, hot rods, two-fisting amphetamines and nitrous, sleazy sex, motorcycle gangs, go-go dancers, fetish magazines, hillbilly records, pulp fiction, switchblades, gender-bending, circus side shows, kinky pinups, and depravity. In other words, The Cramps were my kind of people.
The world was a far more interesting place with The Cramps in it, and they will be missed.
…yeah it’s just what you need,
when you’re down in the dumps,
one half hillbilly and one half punk,
big long legs and one big mouth,
the hottest thing from the north to come out of the south…
…well my mama had twin babies,
on one sweet summer day,
she beat one in the head,
and I’m the one the got away,
protected by my wighat,
and my Fredrick snakeskin pants
I rode my horse to Hollywood,
and did a wondrous dance…
The Cramps-Call of the Wighat
Rock’n'roll is so great that everyone in the world should think it’s the greatest thing that’s happening. If they don’t, they’re turds.