Thursday, March 5, 2009

Rest in Peace - the great Lux Interior in typical pose...

A quick tour of Wikipedia will provide a brief introduction to the incontestable originality that was The Cramps. If you have never heard of them or their music then there are a number of albums to choose from - the music they made was truly unique. What made them more so was their collective ability to perform every song as if was their last. Or your last. Their music harks back to an earlier time - 50's Rockabilly, Surf music of the very late 1950's/early 1960's and Garage Rock popular in North America from the early to late 1960's. The Cramps took these disparate musical influences and, crucially, without descending into pastiche or impression, created something new and exciting, visually and viscerally threatening. The results were, and always will be, inspirational.

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