Songs the Lord Taught Us is the debut album by the American rock band the Cramps. It was released in 1980 on I.R.S. Records in America and Illegal Records in England. In 2020, Rolling Stone included Songs the Lord Taught Us in their "80 Greatest albums of 1980" list, praising the band for its "psychobilly sound that went way beyond the kitschiest moments of the Ramones or Blondie and into a whole new realm of garage-trash novelty".Wikipedia
Pushead. The common denominator uniting, among others, Thrasher, Metalica, Zorlac and The Cramps in the 80's. In those days, Thrasher magazine had a full on music section featuring interviews with bands like The Cramps, TSOL, JFA, D.R.I. along with black and white photos of shows and general punk rock mayhem. Before I even heard them, I knew I'd like them because of Pushead's contribution to their album art.(https://tinyurl.com/4xedxr63). However, I really didn't listen. It was just music that everyone listened to while skating backyard ramps. I hadn't really thought much about their music until this album popped up. After spending the better part of the past day listening to The Cramps with a different ear several things emerged. First, my parents had no idea the shit I was exposed to. Second, this is great stuff, I hear Jack White, Makeup, Horton Heat and John Spencer in this. Visually though, I think of this as an alternate version of Sally Field's Gidget character, from the 60's TV program 'Gidget.' In this version Gidget is dead, roams the Malibu beaches as a powdery white zombie vampire, preys on goody-two-shoes surfers, worships satan and drinks blood around campfires. The Cramps provide the tracks for the opening / closing credits and a maybe a zombie dance montage on the beach. Songs The Lord Taught Us plays like a ghoulish take on Dick Dale, rockabilly punk with some Charles Manson thrown in. It's easy to get lost in the beach drums, surf guitar and acid tripping of this, but be careful. Every episode ends when Zombie Gidget sexxy dances toward you, bludgeons you to death and sinks her teeth into your neck for a midnight snack.
The Cramps…am I right ladies? A fitting name for…J/k…I know I’m NOT allowed to make that joke. My apologies and I withdraw the entire approach. I’ll stick with the Strychnine angle. Ironically I’m Cramped is the least offensive song because there are very few words. They must have known the minimal words made this track stand out because the song is on the album twice, and sounds essentially the same. I don’t even know what to say. Rock On The Moon should be renamed Let’s Make Loosely Synchronized Noise Quickly. There’s a lot to say about this album, and not much of it is good so I won’t pile on too much. The album is a disjointed mess, which is mostly on the lead singer who comes in and out of tempo at will. The guitar and drums are in synch (a ha! a good thing to say) if not almost entirely basic in their composition (well almost), but still the guitarist played the somberly, monotonic line to Fever OK…the whole song (ahhh the ‘ol complement sandwich). In I Was A Teenage Werewolf (With False Start) someone interrupts a recording session and a member of the band says, “Man, nobody fuckin’ stops a take of The Cramps in the fuckin’ studio! Now get outta here! I mean it. Get the fuck out!” Oh I wish they had stopped all the takes, saved the band their $80/hr for studio time, and mercifully saved me from listening to this album.
My grandmother, Cookie, and I used to sit up late on Saturday nights in her Galveston beach house and watch the local ABC affiliate’s weekly broadcast of 'WEIRD,' mc-ed by a campy host in a black cape who introduced whatever horror movies they were running that evening. This was in the 1960s mind you, so the horror flicks were mostly things like ‘Day of the Triffids,’ and ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers,’ stuff like that. And, of course, the classic unholy trinity of ‘Frankenstein,’ ‘Dracula,’ and ‘The Werewolf.’ I was always scared, yet not really. It was different than the time a neighbor’s dog chased me down the block on my Schwinn nipping at my heels, or the time I ran home fast because a perv in a van (honest to God) offered me candy for a ride. That was legitimate, real life fear. The monster movies were only pretend fear, and served the purpose of a cathartic release, a confrontation of terror with the goal of a purification at the end. You may not buy this, finding no value whatsoever in the horror genre of literature and film, but for those of you who do, who have had a similar positive experience to mine, you will love The Cramps’ 'Songs The Lord Taught Us.' (Incidentally, the significance of the title of this record is lost on me. I would’ve gone with the more obvious 'Rock Around the Shock,' or something of that nature, but anyway…) It would come as no surprise to me that many folks will hate this record with the kind of distaste one feels immediately upon realizing that they’ve stepped in dog shit. So, allow me to address that group. Forget all the horror imagery and think of this record, instead, as satire. I believe that’s the real and greater intent of The Cramps than to simply terrorize us. Satire, as I understand it, involves the use of exaggeration, often in humorous ways, to expose and critique things in the general culture. Listen to some of these lyrics, ignoring the horror, and concentrate on what the lyricist might be trying to satirize: ‘I was a teenage werewolf, braces on my fangs… You know, I have puberty rights, and I have puberty wrongs (‘I Was a Teenage Werewolf’).’ ‘I been seeing you for months coming to this place. Now what I wanna know is, honey, when can I see your face?... Ooh, let me have a look in here… Eeeeeek! Well, curiosity killed this cat, sorry I ever asked. What I don’t know can’t hurt me as much as what’s behind the mask (‘What’s Behind the Mask’).’ ‘Mystery Plane,’ about a woman impregnated by an alien: ‘Now I just can’t identify with this world so I don’t try. Square pegs don’t fit into round holes, and I can’t fit into these clothes. My daddy’ unidentified. My mom says I just appeared inside. Looks like a case of hit and run, but off the record it’s no fun.’ Or my personal favorite, ‘Sunglasses After Dark’: ‘I got something to say to you and you better listen. I’m’a tell ya how to be cool in one easy lesson. Sunglasses after dark… Went out last Saturday night. Got myself in a knife fight. Everybody got cut includin’ me, ‘cause not one of us cats could see!’ Musically, The Cramps have arched completely over the swing set bar, a full 360 degrees, and turned inside out as a result; meaning, that they’re so bad they’re good. Oh, how they need a standup bass, though. That would really give their thrillbilly sound a good bottom. And I could play it, I know I could, even with no prior experience. I’d need about a weekend’s practice, and then I’d be good to go. Nick Knox is appropriately pounding away on this toms signaling the zombies to rise from the dead and shuffle on down to the dance hall. Bryan Gregory and Poison Ivy Rorschach on guitars take everything wonderful about the interplay between Keith Richards and Mick Taylor’s guitar work in the Rolling Stones’ glory years, and toss it out the window to it’s death. At times, many times, Poison Ivy’s lead guitar seems to be purposefully playing in a different key entirely to the one in which Gregory’s playing. But, in a good way, strange as that may sound. And it does. And Lux Interior’s vocals are kind of like Elvis on meth, while still chewing on a peanut butter & ‘nanner sandwich. In fact, the entire band sounds like a cross between Bill Hailey & the Comets, and The Munsters, on a Red Bull bender. It’s one rollicking mess. I mean, when you begin an LP with tribal drums, followed by pure garage guitar with heavy echo (and the uniquely squeaky sound of a hand on the fret board changing chords), and then lyrics like: ‘Oh baby I see you on my TV set… I cut your head off and put it on my TV set. I use your eyeballs for dial on my TV set. I watch TV since I put you on my TV set,’ you pretty much know you’re traveling off the beaten path. This ain’t Toto by a long shot. Oh, and when the next verse describes his baby’s other parts dripping all down the radio, I think they were actually turning a radio dial randomly back and forth for a solo! A radio dial solo! This is a first for me in listening history. When they play ‘Tear It Up,’ they don’t mean it figuratively, like most rockabilly bands. They really mean tear it up, accentuated by Poison Ivy’s screaming in the background for the entire song. I imagine all of these songs were all one-takers in the studio, and the whole thing from recording to release might have occurred on a Saturday, with time left over to do the live gig that evening. And that’s a good thing. The Cramps would suffer from too much practice, too much studio polish. They’ve got the attitude. Just turn the amps up and let ‘em rock n’ roil. Great fun. True originals. A band that might even twist a chuckle out of the otherwise dour belly of Leonard Cohen. They sure showed me a good time. And isn’t that one of the reasons why we love to rock anyway? 5/5 (for entirely different reasons than the 5/5 I gave the Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers)
It’s a psycho billy freak out! The Cramps, one of the best live bands ever. They used to go absolutely wild on stage and Lux Interior is one of the craziest frontmen I’ve ever scene. They clearly love punk, garage and surf music and I love it too. This record got a whole bunch of weirdos into punk music and I’m grateful for it. Favorite track: Garbageman Least favorite track: Sunglasses After Dark, I suppose
This was more fun than I had expected to have at the outset. SONGS THE LORD TAUGHT US is chock full of punk-meets-rock-and-heads-to-the-beach songs. It includes a cover of “Fever” that I had listened to in the past. There’s a lot of silliness in the lyrics - a song about wearing “Sunglasses at Night” to be cool (causing injuries during a knife fight), being a “Teenage Werewolf”, or ones daddy driving a UFO (“Mystery Plane”). But the apparent silliness only slightly obscures some real angst like getting abandoned by your father, being a misfit, or trying to fit in. I ended up liking this album much more than I had expected. My main complaint for the original 13 tracks were the muddiness of the vocals in the mix. Interestingly tracks 14-18 include a few different recordings and a few new songs and all sounded much better to me. My favorite songs: “Garbageman”, “Mystery Plane”, “Fever”, “Mad Daddy”, “Tear It Up” Enjoyed many songs on this. Not exactly something I want to listen to as a whole album necessarily but happy to revisit a lot of these songs. Probably then rates a 3.5 but I’ll round up for the clever lyrics.
Wasn't expecting such a fun surfer rock/rock-a-billy sound from The Cramps. This was a good time. The cover of Fever was superb.
Before they were a ubiquitous band tee, The Cramps were a punkabilly band, combining the manic energy of punk with bluesy basslines and twangy rockabilly guitar. Top it off with the goth aesthetic of Misfits, and you have a recipe for a thrashy, lo-fi punk hoedown. Songs The Lord Taught Us was close to an hour long, and even with the remastering, the production was just passable enough for one to make out the walking blues bass lines and jangly guitar solos on tracks like Rock On The Moon. The band also covered Fever, a typically jazz (?) number that sounded more Bauhaus and less Billie Holiday. The Cramps succeeded in carving a little niche for themselves as a goth psychobilly group, paving the way for future acts like the Nekromantiks, Tiger Army and the Horrorpops. While that in itself is a noteworthy feat, what impresses this writer is the ability for a forebear of what is a pretty niche subgenre to have such dynamic range within a single record. Apart from the aforementioned Fever reinterpretation and straight up rockabilly anthem, songs like I Was A Teenage Werewolf sees the band exercise a bluesy swagger that ZZ Top would approve of. Overall, we really see the band push the boundaries of their rockabilly influences by ripping off boogie-woogie, blues and country, all while keeping true to the punk spirit of simplicity.
Their work, Lux once said, was “a rallying point for certain kinds of people to come together and for certain kinds of people to stay out.” The Cramps' singer take on what they do is as clear as it can get, and *Songs The Lord Taught Us* probably exemplifies this philosophy the best. With this first LP, they established the 'psychobilly' genre: an outré, deranged take on rockabilly attracting misfits, outcasts and other weirdoes gathering around tales of teenage werewolves, zombies and alien daddies abandoning their traumatized offspring on earth. Punk twisted those old 50s references into a pure carnival. And it's one many rock fans might be inclined to return to for years to come. Musically, you can't expect anything more than barebones touches to honor the lyrical program: Poison Ivy's simple yet evocative guitar lines are earworms ready to suck on your brain like so many extraterrestrial leeches, Lux Interior's demented screeches and howls can have a mesmerizing effect on what's left of it, and the overall sound is just a messy mudpit. Is it *good* or interesting music? Maybe not. But sometimes atmosphere and moods are more important than compositions (and a lot of covers are here anyway, with "Fever" once again attracting most of the spotlight). As for the lyrics, they are outrageously funny. Just imagine that "Zombie Dance" mocking the so-called "normality" of self-righteous people, and you'll get the idea of how Ivy and Interior the rest of society at large. Maybe through their tales of the undead and other monsters, The Cramps just wanted to point out they were more alive than most people in their lives. If that's the case, it's a job well-done. 3 or 3.5 for the music. 5 for the lyrics and the overall artictic intent. Which rounds up to a 4 and an album you must listen to at least once in your life, even if you won't come back to it later one. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 965 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 15 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 8 (including this one) Albums from the list I will *not* include in mine (as I think many others are more important): 11 Albums I might not be able to judge (some might end up on my final list but it's because I recognize how culturally important they are): 2
What punk rock was supposed to be
Classic garage rock and roll
Brilliant of course. *Zombie Dance*
Liked it never heard of them before
I was a teenager staying up late one Saturday night watching rage when the Cramps came on, performing Can Your Pussy Do The Dog? on the Tube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfvCDyVlVIw) It was one of those moments that changes everything; it was the first time I had heard or seen the Cramps, and it totally blew my mind. Lux Interior writhing around on the floor barking like a dog and almost fellating the microphone was one of the most rock and roll things I had ever seen. The sound was tough, and more than a little rough around the edges. Poison Ivy Rorschach's guitar technique wasn't as polished or flashy as (say) Joe Satriani, but it rocked like hell. The Cramps are one of the bands that showed me that I really love loose, gritty, tough rock and roll. I don't care if it is badly recorded, sloppily performed (even better, sometimes), or almost stupidly simple, but it needs to rock. The Cramps are dangerous and sexy and they rock. And this album is where it all started. I love that Alex Hilton knew not to polish the edges off them. One of my great regrets is that I never saw them live, although that performance on the Tube is burned in my psyche, and has informed everything I look for in rock and roll ever since. God bless you, the Cramps, you changed me forever.
How can I not like this album? Raucous, primal, swampy punk produced by Alex Chilton no less. My only regret is that the Cramps never really hit my ears and loins until way past my teens when they would have been so potent. I can't fault this album. I will admit that it is maybe not for everyone but isn't that the case for all great bands
I know the name and some people who like them but really didn’t know what to expect. This album is a lot of fun. Rolling Stone’s description of their music as Phsychobilly fits perfectly. The lead guitar is simple but is played on a guitar that is a beast and played to sound hollow. To be sure, this is a compliment.
Not content with merely subverting the conventions of punk music to incorporate obscure relics of low-brow white trash culture, The Cramps proceed to beat you over the head with their new concoction named Psychobilly. Leaving aside my prior adoration of this group’s catalogue, I expected this album to draw criticism for a lack of variation in their style of musical attack. But such trifles simply don’t enter my thinking while Lux Interior breathlessly splutters and yelps over Poison Ivy’s spidery guitar lines - her sensually twangy solo in the midst of the absurd chaos of “Garbageman” is the precise moment I fell in love with this group. Whatever you think about this genre of music, its importance is absolutely irrefutable. The Cramps took one look at the pristine image of middle class America in 1980 and instead embraced its concealed obverse, its Mr Hyde, contorting the authentic fantasy of rockabilly USA. Whatever their formula lacks in subtlety, it matters. Profoundly.
All the rockabilly punk you never knew you wanted but need.
Slightly patchy but still articulate and deep pop electronic influenced melancholy
Is it rock a billy? Is it punk? Is it blues? Kinda all three. Laughs and energy. Good fun
Fun, crazy, naughty. Not my personal preference, but cool to listen to. Nice version of fever.
Cramps er jo et feiende flott band man (av en eller annen grunn) glemmer å høre på. Må innrømme at jeg har hørt mest på Off the Bone-albumet før, men dette albumet var jo også feiende flott i god Cramps-ånd. Sterk 4'er, på grensa til 5.
Good album, recognized "fever" from the Hangover. Late '70s, early '80s rock
Very good album. I really liked the airy, hollow sound of the guitar.
That's some good shit. That wonderful dirty dirty rock.
Punk, pschobilly, really like it. Weird, fast, good
I was hovering around 3 stars for this, but some additional listens have bumped it up to 4 stars. It's a lot of fun! B-52s meets the Addams family! Fave track - "What's Behind the Mask?", maybe? "Garbageman" and "I Was a Teenage Werewolf" are both great too....
I've been meaning to listen to the Cramps for a while after I was introduced to them by the No Dogs In Space podcast. I thought this was cool overall. They seem like a band that would be really fun live, though this album didn't particularly grab me at many points. It was consistently pretty good, but never really great 4/5, but on the low end of 4
The band that gave me the second largest amount of bruises live or on the dance floor. Only The Birthday Party gave me more.
Some rock-a-billy, some punk. It's listenable, in a good way. They get 4 stars because they are playing what they want to play rather than trying to conform to what punk "should" be.
Oh this is so joyful.
I liked it proper punk/rock and roll
Fun early punk album. Very raw.
old punk, a little rockabilly for me but not bad!
Listening to this album brought to mind the "Eerie" and "Creepy" magazines that my older brother used to read and my mother hated. The old-timey rock vibe makes sure the horror-themed lyrics are taken humorously. I'm not sure why this one doesn't come out more on Halloween. It's perfect for that. I won't listen to it much otherwise, but it was fun while it lasted!
Such a great album that brings me back thirty five years to one of the best shows I ever saw. Lux Interior is one of the best front men that ever was...in the mold of Iggy Pop and the band rocks. Poison Ivy is a very u derrated guitarist. A fun album. With more than a touch of the macabre. 4 🌟
If the Munsters were a punk rock band they would be the Cramps. The Cramps are the answer to the question you didn't know you wanted to ask: can a four-person band have two guitars, a singer, a drummer and no bass? Yes. Does this album belong on a list of albums you must hear? If you listen to this album and think for a moment you heard the newest Jack White vault release from when the White Stripes opened a Burger King, then you have your answer.
3.5/5. This is very different from most things I've heard. It's kind of punky and also kind of garage rocky. It's alright, not really my taste tho. Objectively, I think it is a good album, subjectively, not so much.
Good, hard driving punk sound, with the rockabilly influence too.
Fun early horror punk
A very similar sound to the Stray Cats, rooted in blues and bluegrass riffs and chord progressions, with the punk attitude and rhythms of the late 70s. A fun live experience I imagine for sure.
A sign of things to come in Crampsville. Love this album!
Very 70s feel - Didn't think I'd like it but it grew on me. quirky.
This album is what would happen if the fifties were resurrected as zombies and given instruments. This mix of rockabilly, surf, goth rock, and punk is really fascinating though it doesn’t particularly appeal to me personally. Fifties rock and punk don’t seem at first glance like they would compliment each other, but due to the simplistic chord structures, they are natural compliments.
Cool! Good balance of noise rock and prog rock, IMHO. Some cool songs with great beats and instrumentals
Oh, these twisted, wonderful weirdos. Rockabilly always had a dark and dangerous side, but by the 1970s, it was fast headed into the territory of "oldies but goodies." Along come Lux/Ivy and the Cramps, who had a vision. They took the music of the 1950s (with a strong assist from 60s surf and garage rock) and flipped it over so you could see all the little nasties and creepy crawlies hiding underneath. The result was the genesis of psychobilly, punk meets rockabilly and pulp horror. It's dark, grinding, noisy, kitschy, trashy, hilarious. Above all, Songs The Lord Taught Us totally rocks. Great noisy guitars, pounding drums, high energy, attitude for miles. What a blast. Fave Songs: I Was a Teenage Werewolf, I'm Cramped, Mystery Plane, Sunglasses After Dark, TV Set, The Mad Daddy, Fever, Strychnine
Pure trash in all the right ways.
What a wonderful piece of weirdness.
It's growing on me. I know this is an influence for a lot of music I do love.
One of those albums Iv never heard of, looked at the album cover and read the bio and was expecting to give this a 2. Couldn’t be more wrong such a fun garage rock/ punk album really enjoyed this. One I’ll list to again.
I mean, I've nothing to say against it.
A rockin' party album. The Cramps best, I think, with classics like Garbage man, Strychnin and of course their classi rendition of Fever. My affection for this album is romanticized because I was lucky enough to see them and was mesmorized by Lux Interior as well as Poison Ivy. Top 5 shows I ever saw. 4 🌟
Listened while working. Fun to have on in the background.
Speciaal. Wel een goede plaat
High energy, fun album. Good rock and roll music. A little roackabillty, a little punk, garage rock. Enjoyed this quite a bit.
Loved this, campy fun horror rock
Gave me period pains
What's not to like? and psychobilly is such a good name for a genre.
I don‘t like his voice. But music is ok.
Punk med lidt underlig vokal. Egentlig flere gode melodier men fanger ikke helt. Genren er nok heller ikke helt mig. 3.5 stjerne
Can’t stop tapping my feet… oh god! They’ve fallen off!
Está bien chingón. Puro upbeat. 3.99 cómo no.
Amusingly manic. 5/10
on the lower end of 3.5 good but not great
Dark and brooding - Misfits meets Duane Eddy
Kinda like OG punk, surprisingly some tracks I recognised that wouldn't have said was theirs. Like 'Fever' . Enjoyable, 3
В принципе, звук интересный весьма. Вокалист экспрессивный, инструментал лаконичный и гармоничный. Только вот с этим всем добром интересных композиций не вышло. Будто какие-то заслуженные панки в целях эксперимента решила поджемовать с закосом под 50-е и сообразить альбом. Но гениальностью не отличались, чтобы вышло достойно. Так что вышло довольно скучно. Между делом слышал нотки The White Stripes, чекнул - да, на последних сабж оказал влияние. Значит, имеем очередной случай, когда новое сделало старое относительно ненужным.
Fun energy and interesting to hear the style of 50's pop with punk - easy to see how they influenced other bands. Several songs reminded me of The Hives
Ik voeeel hem lekker rocken op de maan Weerwolf awooee
Can't remember it so well but imagine it was average
another punk rock album, okay
Entretenido y fácil de escuchar
These are some fun songs. They remind me of the B-52s. 0RS
How is this only 37 minutes long? Felt like an eternity.
Eh, it’s ugly in a good way
2nd listen. Some really good stuff here! 3/5
I have heard of this band, but this is the first listen of the album. On my first listen, I thought it was rather fun. The rockabilly on overdrive had me bopping and I guess the lyrics were ghoulish (or goofy). After a while though, the tracks seemed to blend together. So, although it was kinda a party time, I can’t see myself ever seeking the album out to listen again. Ending with “Fever” was certainly a change of pace, and I did like The Cramps spin on that tune.
kovaa menoa ja rätinää. en tiedä teksteistä mut ainakin asenne jees. musiikillisesti ei mitään ihmeellistä mut hei, se on punkkia.
3.4 - solid punk/psychobilly album with short, fun tracks. Cover of “Fever” and “I was a teenage werewolf” stood out most to me.
A punk album that is rather on the side side of the spectrum. Tolerable and listenable, without any real heights or lows
Yeah was alright 6/10
Give me an instrumental album
Overall not bad, there were parts I really liked and other that I didn’t at all
Good dose of punk, but really fairly monotonous.
Fínasta psychobilly. Hefði sómt sér vel í hvaða Reykvískum bílskúr sem er in the 80s.
I own this album already - not my favourite, definitely a bit of a curio, but the Cramps managed to extract the gothic potential from rockabilly. A novel, creative and quite original enterprise, even though I'm not wholly in love with the results
I've never really listened to The Cramps, but this is pretty fun. Doesn't outstay its welcome and really knows what it's got going for it. I'd listen again.
I appreciate the concept and execution, though as with the B-52s at album length it starts to wear thin for me. The jangly, rockabilly-esque music, the oddly inflected (and rather affected) vocals. Perfect to fit a niche interval in a mix tape, not my cup of tea to sit down and listen to for the better part of an hour.
A fun rockabilly influenced album
Coś tam pobrzękali, ja dobrze nie pamiętam.
A low 3 for me. Filled with gothy r&r takes never quite goes beyond appearing like a bit of a novelty act for me.
Loud and punky. Can hear influence in Jesus & Mary Chain etc. Would have been great to see live in it's day.
I think if I was in the right mood I'd enjoy this. It has some fairly entertaining moments but I don't really like it musically. Probably an incredible live show.
It wasn't bad, I actually kinda liked this album. I think the best songs are near the back, that's for sure. Some of them are difficult to listen to but it seems like an album that gets better the more you listen to it.
Thought I'd like this more than I did considering the Misfits are one of my favourite bands of all time.
I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. Some tracks were great, others not so much. A very punky vibe which I would usually dismiss out of hand. Another high 3*
Raw, weird and pioneering - liked it
Interesting retro style. Cool but not enough to listen to a whole album.
Definitely 80’s vibe. Listened to most of the songs. It was okay.
Det här var väl helt okej.
first listen meh
Rough, in a cool way. Not the best one by the Cramps, but pretty good
I listen too it, not my kind Of music
Good, solid garage rock
Oye, esto no está nada de mal.
I'm really picky with punk and this doesn't really do it for me. There's some cool songs though.
Songs is pretty slow for *billy; That and the spacy recording gives it a funereal/reclaimed church feel. Everything is charming, but nothing leaps to the fore as especially notable. I found myself disinclined to check out the bonus material.
Listened to on 10/24/22 3.5/5 Favorite song: zombie dance BIG HALLOWEEN ENERGY
Listening to all these albums on this list helps me understand music history better (at least the US/English-centered music history), which is very interesting. Examples like "Songs The Lord Taught Us" are fascinating, even though they are not the best songs or record production. The mixture of punk and rockabilly-inspired music here is an incredible resource for understanding the 80s and 90s musical movements and how we reach the 2000s with so much nostalgia in our minds. The future is not shining anymore, and the past is always a place to be comfortable, so the change/remix/(des)organize the past is an excellent tool to enjoy the present while waiting for the possible worst future.
Heard it before?: No Enjoy it?: Yes, it’s got a nice and familiar feel. Very fitting for it’s time and easy to digest Favourite song: Track 17 - I’m Cramped
Inutile de commenter cet album je pense. D'autant plus que je reviens tout juste de vacances et que j'ai du pain sur la planche avec la génération contre toute attente de Stevie Wonder.
Ces gars là peuvent se targuer d'être les nouvelles pétasses du générateur.
If history has taught us anything, it's that stuffing a turkey with barbed wire and wrapped up parcels of your own dried up semen and serving it for thanksgiving, is not the best way of introducing yourself to your inlaws. We all make mistakes and here, The Cramps have made the mistake of thinking that I'm not going to listen to their record and not choke myself to orgasm.
They're just stealing shit from poor white culture. But extra star for going bass-less.
Weird but interesting mix of rockabilly, surf, punk. Guitars are out of tune. Kinda cool, not great, but I respect the creativity.
I can't say I was ever a fan of the Psychobilly craze. The Cramps pretty much invented it, and so I was surprised that I enjoyed some of this.
Enjoyed it while I listened to it. However, it has really stuck with me.
interesting...hints of Dead Kennedy's, Joy Division et al., but theatrical like Muse.
I can't stand the guitar after a few songs... Did not fully listen I'm sorry.
I'm sure this would've been sick to see live but doesn't come across great in album format for me
It was alright to listen to but it's supposed to be punk and in my opinion it was quite boring for it to be punk...
Interesting album, I had only heard "I Was A Teenage Werewolf" but it all seems in that vein, punk rockabilly. The lo-fi production and overall aesthetic doesn't quite work for me, but I definitely don't mind it.
Matig album, niet echt mijn smaak met dat overdreven gezang en neppe rockabilly gedoe
The beginning of punk starts here, and I really don't have much to say about it. Is it because I'm so far away from being punk that I just don't get it? The lyrics are pointless, the anger isn't felt, and nothing is catchy enough to stay in my head. I dunno, I was hoping to like it, and got disappointed.
Some of it was alright got repetitive very quickly though.
not my cup of tea too weird for me
No está mal pero no lo sentí muy básico y plano. He dicho
Proto punk nonsense
Early punk music. It's alright, not that great. Song with most plays was a cover. 5/10.
Rock excéntrico e irreverente.
Vähän kummastuttaa, että miksi levy on listalla mukana. Vuosiluvun perusteella ei olla ihan punkin etulinjassa menossa, mutta kuitenkin pari vuotta ennen Misfitsin albumeita. Ehkä nämä ovat sitten innoittaneet Misfitsiä, jotain samaahan näissä on?
я думал это они поют авона эрибади сей абаут да бэ бэбэбэ бэ бэ бэ бэбэ бэ бэ
знаю, что у этих парней угарные лайвы, но к музыке это слабое отношение имеет, супер вторичный и унылый материал, как будто роллинг стоунз играть разучились. последняя песня классная, впрочем, 3/10
Didn't love it, not quite melodic enough
hurts my ears but some of the music is kinda neat
Well, when you start with "TV Set" you really get off on the wrong foot. "TV Set" is an awful mess. "Rock on the Moon" had a somewhat promising start, then devolved into a cacophonous mess. And hey, turns out "Rock on the Moon" is a cover. Because the start of that track shows the potentially of the "psychobilly" style, I guess. It takes the rockabilly sound and amps it up, distorts it, turns it on its head. Later in the album, there is some stuff that is an actually not-terrible mix of rockabilly, surf rock, and punk. However, it is plagued by some terrible production (intentionally terrible?). They don't seem to know how to restrain their excesses. The hissing distortion that just hangs in the background of multiple songs, the singer sounding like he's in a different room than the lead guitar... The lead singer's name is Luxe Interior. He met his wife, also a member of the band, when he picked her up hitchhiking. Also according to Wikipedia, his "specialty is the microphone blowjob." I agonized for a while on * vs. **, but in the end there's enough interesting stuff there to elevate it above Venom or the Cocteau Twins or Brian Eno for me.
One track is probably enough for lively, loud, undead rockabilly. A whole album has you frequently checking to see how long there is left…
Rockabilly is not my thing, but there are a couple good songs on here.
Nicht ganz scheiße, aber immer langweilig. Ich hab‘ die Platte über 2 Monate gar nicht hören wollen und sie dementsprechend auch erst später bewertet, wenn ich sie gar nicht gehört hätte, hätte ich auch nichts verpasst.
It wasn't bad, but nothing amazing either. I kind of enjoyed What's behind the mask and Garbageman.
Not bad but wouldn't listen again.
First listen. This is my kind of music. Never heard of them before though. I enjoyed it and like to hear more of it in the future. 2/5 for now.
Garage rock, rimelig råt, lidt blandet
Gothic punk? Rough around the edges Favorite Track: Teenage Werewolf Relisten: No
Muutama hyvä biisi ja fiilasin kyl meininkiä. Mut ehkä pitää korkkaa itekin 2/5 ja tää vois olla sen paikka.
Oli siellä pari ihan hyvää melodiaa, mut jotenkin tämmönen vanha punk-soundi ei nappaa ihan kauheasti.
Didn't like it.
Noisy not great for calm Saturday morning
Appreciate the level of chaos, but most of it just seemed a bit samey. The mix is not the best either, making some bits hard to work out.
2/5 nothing much.
They felt far away. I got through it but didnt enjoy
C’est sûrement voulu, mais ça manque de basse. J’aime le tone des guitares et le solo dans TV Set qui rappelle instantanément le genre de solos de Tom Morello, mais c’est à peu près tout. Il y a Strychnine qui se démarque du lot au début et qui a probablement incluencée The Hives (du moins c’est ma référence instantanée en entendant les premières mesures).
Too much rockabilly
Loved how it started, but within the first ten seconds of song #2 I knew what the rest of the album was going to sound like. I wished they had lyrically embraced the macabre even more; the content of “TV Set” is gruesome and fun and I really wanted much more of that. Instead, the rockabilly creep got pretty old pretty quick to my ears. Still, “Mystery Plane” pulled me back in and that’s a track I would return to. At the end of the day though, I’d rather just listen to The Misfits. And speaking of, I’m so curious how it came to be that several punk bands gravitated towards these forms of early pop rock. Cramps, Misfits, Ramones - it’s like they all watched Grease and decided to form their own gangs at the same high school. I don’t understand how that happened, as opposed to, say, mimicking the Sex Pistols. I’m sure there’s an essay somewhere…
I get why this album matters. But not much to me.
Didn't really get on with it
Aggressive, violent punk. Not my forte.
Very generic, balnd, and forgettable. Not the best representant of a genre I'm not too fond of honestly. Not much to say here, it just did not impress me much.
Swamp monster music, primordial, gloopy, and rough as arseholes. They freak but don't get freaky enough.
This is as if Elvis had ideas of reference, some homicidal ideation sand delusions of grandeur thrown in for good measure.
Un dels discos fundacionals del psychobilly. El títol i la portada són molt engrescants, les lletres i l'esperit de tot plegat encara més. Simplement és que la banda mai va tenir temes que sobresortissin. I el seu so és descarnat, en el seu pitjor sentit, i sense gaire substància
Punk and hilbilly??? Hmm. Not into it.
Rockabilly with theatrical punk energy and vocal. Not as good as Ramones
A bit scruffy and scrappy, not quite what I was after today
I have tight feeling in my stomach. Tighter than the band..
J'ai un peu plus apprécié mon écoute cette fois-ci. Je sais que c'est voulu, mais un bassiste ne serait pas de trop. J’aime le tone des guitares et les solos. Leur version de Strychnine des Sonics se démarque du lot et est pas mal ma préférée de l'album.
I think that the raunchy rockabilly garage sound would be more entertaining if they wrote catchy tunes, but their originals get tired quickly. The album ends with Fever and their next album was 50% covers. The live videos I've seen certainly catch your attention but that doesn't translate well to an album. Between a 5/10 for me.
The Songs the Lord Taught Us frequently felt like a mix of The B-52s and The Stray Cats, and something from Iggy Pop. Perhaps on a different week, this album might get 3 stars, but I kept looking to see how long before the album was over. The Cramps are a new band for me and the album was new music. I never felt like the album made it to a full "okay".
On paper, this should have been a win for me. Rockabilly-tinged garage punk? Sign me up. Sadly, it just doesn't work. The Cramps took all the bad parts of rockabilly and all the no-skill thrashing of punk, tossed 'em at the wall, put the stuff that wouldn't stick onto an album, and called it "something new." And I guess it was new? This was the first psychobilly band, after all. They might have been first but others did it better. Even they did it better later on. And then there's the lyrics to take into account. When they're not just stupid, they're offensive in that manufactured, artificial way that one expects from shock jocks and kids whose dads wouldn't hug them. Just lame. Points for starting a thing, I guess, but it wasn't an enjoyable listening experience.
Not my jam. It is a bit of a weird mish-mash of styles. It’s got some weird punk, rockabillly, surf band vibes. I feel like if you threw Billy Idol, Brian Setzer, the Ramones, and the B-52’s in a blender, this is what would get spit out.
The Craps lol
On another day I may have given this a 3.
Interesting but so much not for me
Sounds sort of new wave, reminds me of the B-52s
To like this you'll need to like rockabilly style and it's offshoots. I don't particularly. Also I think the vocalist will be a polarizing point for your liking of this band. I mostly think he's kinda awful and annoying, but I can see why some people would like his vocals. The only thing that saves this album from a 1 is the occasionally fun punk beats provided by the drummer.
There were some decent songs on this album. Sunglasses after dark and I'm cramped were pretty good songs. Other than those I didn't really like any of the others. The singer screams and gets pretty crazy which sometimes is good, but I'm not a fan of it here. If they calmed down a bit, I think this would be better. CHILLAX 3/10
Same problem most of the stuff from this era has...the music is played by incompetent people and is supremely uninteresting. Band has to then rely on a compelling vocalist to pass the "I won't throw these people off a bridge" test. The Cramps don't have that. Lux Interior...please. track 4 was fair. Combining an overall bad genre of music (surf) with a mediocre genre of music (punk) is not a fantastic idea. Some of it sounds like a bad version of Sha-Na-Na
Yeah nah. Gimmick music.
Would put it 2.5 if half stars existed