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01 April 2007 @ 11:15 pm
For the (Cramps) Fiends  
There's one thing about me that has not changed since I was about 15, and that's the obsession/fascination I have for these two:

So, about 5 or 6 years ago my mailman (yeah, I said "mailman") did a super rad favor for me and put some of my LPs on CD for me. One of which was a Cramps live bootleg recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, March 14, 1986 that I got when I worked at a vinyl store in high school. I think the quality is about average for a boot, but I reckon you have to already be a fan to dig it. Also, I didn't take the time to name all the files/songs, if you're a Cramps fan, you know the names.

Click hereTo Download The Cramps Live in London 1986

And fuck, rock n roll doesn't get any more wild than The Cramps playing at the Napa State Mental Hospital in 1978 (audience participation included!)

If you're not a fan, well, that's your misfortune. But I think more people should appreciate the vast knowledge these two have of obscure/bizarre/exotic music and film. Seriously, I'd be ecstatic if they wrote a book. Here's a shot under the cut of the gruesome twosome in their LP lair:

Mystic Pizza: The Musicaleight_bits on April 2nd, 2007 06:57 am (UTC)
There totally needs to be a coffee table book authored by the Cramps.

It should be a series with them, John Waters, the B-52s, and a ton of other awesome people.
nurse_marbles: Ghoulardi For Preznurse_marbles on April 2nd, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
Yes! There's a market for it. These publishing companies are missing out):
Robot Helmet: cat women of the moonrobot_helmet on April 3rd, 2007 12:44 am (UTC)
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nurse_marbles: Suspect!nurse_marbles on April 2nd, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC)
That's what I'm talkin' about, a WHOLE book that's like the "Incredibly..." interview. I don't have "Songs the Cramps Taught Us", but I have all 6 volumes of the Born Bad series, which probably has the same stuff on it. And that particular mailman, Al, retired a couple years ago. The last I heard, he was traveling Russia on a motorcycle.
businesscasual on April 2nd, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
God, I love them too!! After those Born Bad comps they did, I was dying for some kind of coffee table book of the two of them! I'd love to have their pics and stuff in one awesome place!
The wandering loon - K. Lindbergs: jsoundwanderingmoon on April 2nd, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
The Cramps are a fun band. They used to play in San Francisco every Halloween and I saw them live back in 88. It was a great show. They may still be doing Halloween shows in SF.

I love that last picture. So many wonderful goodies on display!
facehead2k: thumbs upfacehead2k on April 2nd, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
The Napa State Video was a personal favorite of mine. I played that VHS until it crapped itself apart.

nurse_marbles: Stay Sick!nurse_marbles on April 3rd, 2007 03:00 am (UTC)
I still have my tape. It's out on DVD now, but there's no sense upgrading 'cause I'm sure the DVD is the same quality as the VHS. But I think the lack of quality is part of the charm!
Kicked Out of Zolar X: Latina Mary Tyler Moorephyllisgabor on April 3rd, 2007 01:11 am (UTC)
When I first got a copy of that book I used to stare at that picture of their AV den until my eyes crossed trying to take in all the details. They have such a huge following in Europe--some fancy pants coffee table book publisher like Taschen should totally make a collection of their favorite album covers or something like that. Just imagine...
nurse_marbles: Music for the Birdsnurse_marbles on April 3rd, 2007 03:47 am (UTC)
Seriously though, if their expertise is not recorded, it will be lost forever 'cause I doubt that many people have been collecting the stuff they have for so long...
Daddy-O à Go-Gorpkrajewski on April 3rd, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
Thanks for the bits !
And I wonder what kind of person would buy a Jayne Mansfield hot water bottle (besides Lux and Ivy, I mean)…
nurse_marbles: Arsenic!nurse_marbles on April 3rd, 2007 03:05 am (UTC)
Re: Thanks for the bits !
Haha, I collect a lot of junk, but I think even I would pass on the JM water bottle.
jrenegade on April 3rd, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks for the bits !
I'm on the other side of that, as soon as I saw that photo I went straight to Ebay.
(Anonymous) on June 6th, 2008 01:09 pm (UTC)
ooh nice! hammersmith odeon was the first time i saw the cramps.. i've got a nice tour programme somewhere..