Tuesday, March 9, 2010


May 14, 2007


For more than 30 years, The Cramps have been held together by the bond that is Lux Interior and Poison Ivy Rorschach.

Lux and Ivy are the dream-team of b-movie voodoo nightmares (a good thing), trash psychobilly rock n roll, complete with all the props and the musical stylings to support that fantastic freak show that's better than all the monster movies you've seen at the drive-in combined.

A woman of few words but volumes of style and a guitar repetoire that keeps growing, Ivy has kept the Cramps sound together while Lux takes his stage show to new heights of mania. They haven't lost a bit of steam and still look as cool as they did when I first saw them when we were all kids.

classic cramps outtake

I first saw the Cramps in 1977 and was completely enthralled by their complete conviction and the last time I saw them, in 2004, they had a whole new generation of garage punk rockers in the palm of their hands. They were playing much bigger rooms but they still delivered a show as intimate as if they were playing a 300-seat club.

If you love the Cramps as much as I do, you should track down (if you don't already have) Target Video's great DVD of the Cramps Live at Napa State Mental Hospital.

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