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The Cramps

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Sacramento, United States (1976 – 2009)

The Cramps were an American band formed in Sacramento, California in 1976. The band was influential in founding of a hybrid subgenre later known as “,” which is a fusion of and . Their music is mostly in form, played at varying, (though usually fast) tempos, with a very minimal drumkit. An integral part of the early Cramps sound is dual guitars, without a bassist. The content of their songs and image is sleaze, trashy Americana (much in the style of filmmaker John Waters), sexual fetishism, clever bad jokes, and cheap, horror B-movie clichés.

Their line-up has rotated much over the past couple of decades, with Lux Interior and Poison Ivy—the lead singer and lead guitarist, respectively—as the only permanent members.
Lux picked up Ivy when he was driving on the highway. Ivy had raised her hand for an auto stop, Lux stopped his car and …fate brought them together.

They were part of the early CBGB’s punk rock movement that had emerged in New York, although they had formed several years earlier in California. The band is credited as a prominent factor in terms of influence on the genre.

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, The Surfaris 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 as well as Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, who is often credited for having pioneered their style of theatrical horror-blues.

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  • Lynnan

    if I were a serial killer, this would probably be my favourite band [3]

    4 May 9:33am Reply
  • cobaincocaine

    if I were a serial killer, this would probably be my favourite band[2]

    21 Apr 1:05am Reply
  • deathfancy

    Human Fly is the genius song/

    13 Apr 9:02pm Reply
  • GothicCalliope

    I started listening to these guys after hearing The Dresden Dolls..... Perfect for laying on the ground while wearing sunglasses, even after dark. (Hahaha!! See what I did?? ^-^ Oh me oh mys)

    8 Apr 9:30pm Reply
  • sublimewreckage

    So, according to Lux himself, the Cramps have had many influences over the years... especially those of which are outside of the musical sphere of influence. Some of these influences are: film noir, burlesque, hot rods and Halloween. From what I heard, his name came from an automobile commercial So, I guess the real meaning behind it is (de)Lux(e) Interior---like really plush seat covers, or leather? LOL!

    18 Mar 6:33am Reply
  • MysticShit

    STAY SICK!

    1 Mar 10:38pm Reply
  • siandoll

    their cover of ''fever'' is probably the sexiest song i've ever heard. fucking love this band.

    1 Mar 2:53am Reply
  • leneheart

    14 Feb 9:02pm Reply
  • pyxisnyxis

    "That said, I strongly feel there isn't much purpose looking for any other rockabilly beyond The Cramps." That's a very narrow-minded pov. In that case, why bother listening to more than one artist/band from any genre? You have a lot of bands from the same genre in your library...so...why did you bother looking for other bands of the same style?

    27 Jan 6:30pm Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Śląska dla fanów The Cramps

    25 Dec 2014 Reply
  • helvettt

    Honestly The Cramps actually got me interested in other so-called rockabilly bands. All those Songs The Cramps Taught Us compilations are just great.

    3 Dec 2014 Reply
  • LostImeem

    VividSerenity asked a valid question. The vast majority of song on all of the Cramps albums are originals, but they do pay homage to the pioneers of rockabilly. They just add an exaggerated punk rock twist to those songs to make them sound original as well.

    25 Oct 2014 Reply
  • suntzutang

    if you can't appreciate the layer of goo goo muck cramps add to rockabilly/garage classics there's no saving you

    15 Oct 2014 Reply
  • YasamanSixX

    dayuum

    3 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Nickandroff

    Because fuck you thats why.

    14 Sep 2014 Reply
  • camilunatica

    Essa é a biografia mais completa que já li no Last.fm. Parabéns aos envolvidos.

    26 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Nochek

    bzzz

    19 Jul 2014 Reply
  • S1D1991

    Greetings from Ukraine)

    6 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Amrabart

    if I were a serial killer, this would probably be my favourite band

    25 May 2014 Reply
  • Tristessa666

    vote up :3 http://www.last.fm/music/The+Cramps/+images/98145037

    9 Apr 2014 Reply
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