Tuesday, October 6, 2009

THE CRAMPS: STRONG SPIRITS OF HALLOWEENS PAST

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I was a teenage werewolf Braces on my fangs I was a teenage werewolf And no one even said thanks And no one made me stop I ran a two-minute mile I had to blow my top In the teen full moon No one could make me stop No one could make me stop A teenage werewolf Parallel bars A teenage girlfriend Got her lot of scars Somebody please make me stop Ohhh please… You know, I have too many rights And I have too many wrongs No one understood me All my teeth were so long And no one made me stop A Midwest monster Of the highest grade All my teachers thought It was growing pains, oh no no Somebody stop this pain, ohhh…

1983
1988
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(ABOVE) From Bay Area Backstage- The Cramps Play every Halloween in the Bay Area. We were on location a few years back and just unearthed this Rare Bay Area Exclusive. In fact we lost this footage with the move to digital format playback at the Comcast HQ. It was on 3/4 reel Live Concert footage. My Brother is the upclose Camera operator. Lux and Ivy and The Cramps were amazing. This will prove The Cramps Live Halloween Show will have you twisting and Pulp Fiction style Dancing with Ghoulmaster Lux Beltin out the Vocals. Ivy rocks with the Kick of a Roger Corman sex kitten and the musical chops to Out Riff any wannabe.


1989
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Lux advises viewers to traumatize children.
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1996
The Cramps Poster
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1997
Here is a review from the Hollywood Reporter of the Cramps' annual Halloween show back in 1997, by a reporter who might possibly have been vaguely aware of who the Cramps were. I don't know how the hell "Surfin' Bird" qualifies as the Cramps' "one actual hit."

Concert Review: The Cramps at The Palace, Hollywood

Publication: The Hollywood Reporter Date: Thursday, October 30 1997
By Daina Darzin

Back for their annual Halloween show, the Cramps were -- well, Cramps-like. The veteran punkabilly cult favorites have refined their gleefully surreal trash 'n'
horror shtick to a science. It's worked for them since the early 1980s, and they're sticking with it.

The Cramps may be a novelty attraction, but they're one of the best ever: the Screaming Jay Hawkinses of their generation, they're an influence on everyone from White Zombie to neo-rockabilly artists. Dressed in head-to-toe purple glitter spandex, frontman Lux Interior was as manic as ever, brandishing his mike stand like a weapon, jumping around the stage and writhing on his ever-present zebra-striped rugs. "I'd like to inform you what you're missing on TV at this moment," he announced. Then he went on to read the TV Guide description of "The VH1 Fashion Awards" in a hilarious tone that redefined the term "dripping with sarcasm."

Interior happily suggested himself as Most Fashionable Artist, then showered the audience with torn-up bits of TV Guide. Poison Ivy provided her usual minimalist, deadpan vibe, a perfect counterpoint to Interior's chew-the-scenery approach. The Cramps recently released a new disc; new material included "Queen of Pain," an ironically jaunty honky-tonk tune. "Thank you, masochists," Interior quipped afterward. Overall, the Cramps' new material seems to be heavier and more atonal -- more punk, less billy.

The Cramps also ran through their reliable stable of oldies, including their cover of "Psychotic Reaction," "The Creature From the Black Leather Lagoon," "What's Inside a Girl?" and of course, the Cramps' one actual hit, "Surfin' Bird." The sold-out crowd was enthusiastic throughout.


1999

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2000

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2002
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2006


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