The Cramps

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Intro

An American Garage Rock/Punk band, formed in 1976 and active until 2009.

The Cramps split after the untimely death of lead singer Lux Interior.

Their line-up rotated a lot during their time, with the husband and wife duo of Interior and lead guitarist and occasional bass guitarist Poison Ivy remaining the only permanent members. The addition of guitarist Bryan Gregory and drummer Pam Ballam turned into their first complete lineup in April 1976.

They were part of that early CBGB’s Punk movement that emerged out of New York. They have become noted as being an influence over a number of musical styles, and are widely regarded as one of the prime innovators of Psychobilly.

Discography

Albums List

1) Songs the Lord Taught Us (1980, Illegal)

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2) Psychedelic Jungle (1981, I.R.S.)

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3) A Date with Elvis (1986, Big Beat)

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4) Stay Sick! (1990, Enigma)

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5) Look Mom No Head! (1991, Enigma)

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6) Flamejob (1994, The Medicine Label)

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7) Big Beat from Badsville (1997, Epitaph)

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8) Fiends of Dope Island (2003, Vengeance)

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EPs List

  1. Gravest Hits (1979, Illegal)
  2. Blues Fix (1992, Big Beat)

Live Albums List

  1. Smell of Female – (live at the Peppermint Lounge) (1983, Big Beat)
  2. Rockin' n' Reelin' in Auckland New Zealand XXX - (1987, Vengeance)

Compilations List

  1. Off the Bone (1983, Illegal)
  2. Bad Music for Bad People (1984, I.R.S.)
  3. How to Make a Monster (2004, Vengeance)
  4. The Secret Life of the Cramps (Bootleg release, no official record, 2006)
  5. The Cramps: File Under Sacred Music Early Singles 1978–1981 (2012, Munsters)

Members Name Check

  • Lux Interior (Erick Purkhiser) – vocals (March 1976 - February 2009)
  • Poison Ivy (Kristy Wallace) – lead guitar (March 1976 - February 2009)
  • Harry Drumdini (Harry Meisenheimer) – drums (February 1993 – July 2003 and September 2006 - February 2009)
  • Bryan Gregory (Greg Beckerleg) – guitar (April 1976 – May 1980)
  • Julien Grindsnatch – guitar (July 1980 – September 1980)
  • Kid Congo Powers (Brian Tristan) – guitar (December 1980 – September 1983)
  • Mike Metoff (as Ike Knox) – guitar (October 1983 – November 1983 and January 1984 – July 1984)
  • Click Mort - guitar - (January 1984 - May 1984)
  • Scott "Chopper" Franklin – bass & guitar (January 2002 – September 2006)
  • Touch Hazard (Tim Maag) – bass (1985)
  • Fur (Jennifer Dixon) – bass (March 1986 – May 1986)
  • Candy del Mar – bass (July 1986 – January 1991)
  • Slim Chance – bass (March 1991 – August 1998)
  • Doran Shelley – bass (1998–1999)
  • SugarPie Jones (aka Tim Ferris) – bass (2000)
  • Sean Yseult (Shauna Reynolds) – bass (October - November 2006)
  • Pam Ballam (Pam Beckerleg) – drums (April 1976 – September 1976)
  • Miriam Linna – drums (October 1976 – June 1977)
  • Nick Knox – drums (July 1977 – January 1991)
  • Jim Sclavunos – drums (1991)
  • Nickey Alexander – drums (June 1991 – January 1993)
  • Bill "Buster" Bateman – drums (June 2004 – August 2006)
  • Jen Hanrahan – castanets (June 2000 – August 2000)
  • "Jungle" Jim Chandler – "Laid down the primal beat" (European tour 2003)

External Links

The Cramps Website