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In the spring of 1976, The CRAMPS began to fester in a NYC apartment. Without fresh air or natural light, the group developed its uniquely mutant strain of rock’n’roll aided only by the sickly blue rays of late night TV. While the jackhammer rhythms of punk were proliferating in NYC, The CRAMPS dove into the deepest recesses of the rock’n’roll psyche for the most primal of all rhythmic impulses — rockabilly — the sound of   southern culture falling apart in a blaze of shudders and hiccups.  As late night sci-fi reruns colored the room, The CRAMPS also picked and chose amongst the psychotic debris of previous rock eras - instrumental rock, surf, psychedelia, and sixties punk. And then they added the junkiest element of all — themselves.

J. H. Sasfy, Professor of Rockology

From the liner notes of The Cramps 1979 release Gravest Hits

the cramps - human fly
the cramps - garbage man
link wray - fat back
ronnie cook & the gaylads - goo goo muck
the shades - strollin' after dark
the cramps - i was a teenage werewolf
the sparkles - hipsville 29 b.c. (i need help)
roy orbison - domino
ric cartey - oooh-eee
tommy james and the shondells - hanky panky
the cramps - hanky panky
the novas - the crusher
the third bardo - five years ahead of my time
jack scott - the way i walk
the cramps - the way i walk
the tune rockers - the green mosquito
the fendermen - muleskinner blues
lee dresser and the krazy kats - beat out my love
the swamp rats - psycho
the teen rockers - road block
los saicos - (fugitvo de) alcatraz
the wailers - hang up
bo diddley - bo diddley
the scarlets - stampede
ersell hickey - hangin' around
the cramps calling elvis
dean carter - jailhouse rock
the caps - red headed flea
the chimes - zindy lou
the chantays - pipeline
tony allen - nite owl
the gories - hidden charms
the mummies - shot down
guitar wolf - all through the night buttobase
buddy love - heartbreak hotel
the rhythm rockers - real cool
link wray - genocide
the cramps - green fuz
the standells - sometimes good guys don't wear white
the busters - bust out
the joker - what's a fisterris?
chuck berry - blue feeling
ken nordine - strollin' spooks


do you understand?



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