Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Cramps Discography

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Gravest Hits

Side one

1 "Human Fly" (Lux Interior, Ivy Rorschach)

2 The Way I Walk (Jack Scott)

Jack Scott charted more times (19) in a shorter period of time
(41 months) than any other recording artist -- except The Beatles.
He was born Giovanni Sacfone Jr., the son of an accomplished
guitarist, on January 24, 1936 in Windsor, Ontario. Fascinated
by the music of Hank Williams, young Jack took up guitar at age eight
and was pretty good by the time his family moved to Hazel Park, Michigan
in 1946. While in his teens he began performing regularly on radio.

At age 18, Jack formed his own band and soon caught the ear of ABC
Paramount A&R man Joe Carleton. Three 1957 singles were cut, but
when they were unsuccessful, Scott was dropped by the label. In early
1958, at his own expense, Jack recorded two new tunes, “Leroy” (about
a frequently-jailed real-life friend he called “Greaseball”) and
“My True Love.” As it happened, Joe Carleton, who had just
started his own record company, elected to buy the masters and
release them on Carleton. “’Leroy’ took off like lightning,” Scott
remembered -- climbing to #25. When DJs flipped the single
over, they found “My True Love,” which did even better -- soaring to #3
and selling a million copies.

Half the songs on Jack’s debut album (one of the first in true stereo)
became chart singles, including “With Your Love,” “My True Love,”
“The Way I Walk” and “Goodbye Baby.” A stint in the Army
from February to May 1959 slowed Scott’s momentum, but only briefly.
"I was with Carlton; they had the right to record me,” Jack recalled.
“Another company, Starfire, had my management and publishing.
Starfire got into hassles with Carlton because Joe Carlton wanted
publishing as well. Next thing I knew, I was pulled off Carlton and onto
Top Rank It was on Top Rank that Jack Scott was best showcased
as a reverberating balladeer. While the same four-chord climbing
sequence was often endlessly repeated, it was all the back-up needed
for Jack to take “What In The World’s Come Over You” to #5 in
1960, followed quickly by “Burning Bridges” (which hit #3). “Oh Little One”
and “It Only Happened Yesterday” also landed on the Hit Parade.

Scott went on to record for Capitol, RCA Victor, Dot and other labels,
but with little success. “I've never had a job outside music,” Jack
reports. “I do club dates around Michigan, staying pretty close to
home most of the time. Sometimes I play the same club five nights a
week. It's usually 40 minutes on stage, then a 20-minute break
and so on for five hours."

In 1993 a five CD box set compiling Jack Scott’s 1957-65 output was
released on the Bear Family label. Jack wrote every one of his own hits --
except “Burning Bridges.”

* 3 "Domino" (Sam Phillips)

Side two

Gravest Hits is the debut 12" EP by the American garage punk band The Cramps. It was released in July 1979 on Illegal Records and I.R.S. Records. It was produced by Alex Chilton and recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis in 1977. It featured liner notes by "Dr. J.H. Sasfy, Professor of Rockology, American Rock'n'Roll Institute, Washington D.C.U.S.A." It is one of first documents of the rockabilly revival genre, and the psychobilly genre. The photograph on the back of the original sleeve of the band in performance was taken at New York's Palladium Theatre.

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Songs the Lord Taught Us

Side one


Moon acrobat Animation2 Rock On The Moon (Jimmy Stewart) "Garbageman"

* 4

* 5 "Sunglasses After Dark" (Rorschach, Interior, Rosalind Michelle Pullens, Wray Sr.)

Side two

* 1 Mystery Plane

Dancing skeletons Animation* 2 Zombie Dance

3 "What's Behind the Mask?"

4 Strychnine (Gerry Roslie)
The Sonics are an American garage rock band from Tacoma, Washington, originating from the early and mid-1960s. Among The Sonics' contemporaries were The Kingsmen, The Wailers, The Drastics, The Dynamics, The Regents, and Paul Revere & the Raiders. This movement is credited with founding Seattle's well-known music scene which survives to the present. The Sonics' sound is noticeably rougher, cruder, and more brutal than that of their musical peers, and among those in the know the band sometimes regarded as the first punk rock group, though well before the punk movement took off in the late 1970s. Although they had a fairly standard instrumental lineup for the time, The Sonics made their unique sound with wild arrangements, often disturbing lyrics, peppered with screaming and howling, and electric guitars played through amplifiers customized to render the harshest tones possible. Although their period of greatest success was coincident with the release of Gibson's first fuzzbox, The Sonics' fuzzy sound was their own creation.

The classic Sonics lineup, as recorded on Here Are The Sonics and Boom:
Gerry Roslie — organ, piano, lead vocals
Andy Parypa — bass guitar
Larry Parypa — lead guitar, vocals
Rob Lind — saxophone, vocals, harmonica
Bob Bennett — drums

* 5 I'm Cramped

6 "Tear It Up" (Johnny Burnette, Dorsey Burnette, Paul Burlinson)

* 7 "Fever" (John Davenport, Eddie Cooley)


Side One

1 "Green Fuz" (Alrey, Dale)

Green Fuz
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Green Fuz were an American garage rock band in the late 1960s known for their one single, "Green Fuz", which has become a classic of the genre and was covered by The Cramps. On the single, the band was identified as Randy Alvey & Green Fuz. The group was formed in Bridgeport, Texas. The members were Randy Alvey (vocals), Mike Pearce (drums), Jimmy Mercer (rhythm guitar), Les Dale (lead guitar), and R.E. (Buck) Houchins (bass). Alvey and Pearce formed their first group, the Psychedelic Reactions, in 1967, and after some personnel changes they became The Green Fuz - named after Dale's green fuzz box. They played at dances and clubs, and gained enough local popularity to persuade the co-owner of Wash-Tex Records, Shorty Hendrix, to record their self-written theme song. The recording took place in a deserted roadside cafe, chosen for its acoustics, and was issued locally in 1969. It was not a success, largely because the primitive recording techniques led to a muffled sound, which has subsequently contributed to its cult appeal. The record resurfaced on a prominent garage rock compilation album, Pebbles, Volume 2 in the late 1970s and has since appeared on many similar compilation albums. Alvey, Pearce and Houchins were later involved in another group, Natchez.

The roots music festival Ponderosa Stomp, of New Orleans, featured Green Fuz (above) in 2008, after its founder, Dr Ira Padnos found the Green Fuz's lead guitarist Les Dale in Virginia Beach, VA, retired, after two decades in the US Navy.

2 Goo Goo Muck (Ronnie Cook)

* 3 "Rockin' Bones"

The Crusher
by Steve Slagle

Reggie "The Crusher" Lisowski
(July 11, 1926 – October 22, 2005) was one of the toughest and most popular personalities in wrestling during the second half of the 20th century, battering and bruising his helpless opponents to the delight of his legions of working-class fans for over twenty years. He first established a reputation as one of the elite brawlers in the sport during the late 1950's and early 1960's, and then went on to Tag Team glory with his drinking buddy and fighting partner, the legendary Dick the Bruiser. It made no difference whether the 260 lb. cigar-chomping Crusher entered the ring as a singles wrestler or teamed with The Bruiser, championships and a deservedly fearsome reputation followed his every step. Reggie Lisowski's nickname was one that he earned in the ring, by doing exactly what the name implies. A nearly unstoppable barrel-chested bulldozer, The Crusher steamrolled over his (primarily villainous) opposition. Wrestling technique and a vast repertoire was not The Crusher's style. Proving himself as one of the toughest brawlers in wrestling history was...

In 1964, the Minneapolis-based garage rock band The Novas wrote a song dedicated to him called "The Crusher", featuring the wrestler-- or not-- on lead vocals (and his trademark yell at the beginning of the record). The tune, which included the lyrics "Do the hammer lock, you turkeynecks!" was popular in the upper Midwest and made it to #88 on the national Billboard chart. The song has received a resurgence of popularity in recent years, as David Letterman has often played it on his late-night talk show. The song was also covered by an obscure "psychobilly" band whose name escapes me right now.

Side Two

1 Don't Eat Stuff off the Sidewalk

2 Can't Find My Mind
Chart Animation

3 Jungle Hop (Kip Tyler)

(By Tony Wilkinson, with acknowledgement to Klaus Kettner)
To become a true rock 'n' roll singer back in the fifties meant that almost everyone hated you - parents, the church, the establishment and the old time musicians. But this did not bother a cool cat like Kip Tyler, as long as the kids loved him and his music. He often joined his band on stage dressed in black leather and on a motorbike. Unfortunately he simply refuses to talk about his rock 'n' roll days, perhaps due to the fact that many of his band members subsequently became successful in the music business. But let there be no doubt - he was an important leader, and part, of the fifties Californian rockabilly and rock 'n' roll history.

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4 The Natives Are Restless

*5 Under the Wires

Flower stars Animation
6 * 7 "Green Door" (Bob Davie, Marvin Moore)

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