Friday, February 12, 2010

VA - Songs The Cramps Taught Us Vol.1

"Conjuring a fiendish witches' brew of primal rockabilly, grease-stained '60s garage rock, vintage monster movies, perverse and glistening sex, and the detritus and effluvia of 50 years of American pop culture, the Cramps are a truly American creation much in the manner of the Cadillac, the White Castle hamburger, the Fender Stratocaster, and Jayne Mansfield. Often imitated, but never with the same psychic resonance as the original, the Cramps celebrate all that is dirty and gaudy with a perverse joy that draws in listeners with its fleshy decadence, not unlike an enchanted gingerbread house on the Las Vegas strip. The entire psychobilly scene would be unthinkable without them, and their prescient celebration of the echoey menace of first-generation rock & roll had a primal (if little acknowledged) influence on the rockabilly revival and the later roots rock movement." These words not mine. Mark Deming wrote them and are the opening paragraph on's piece on the Cramps. A band created from rock n roll lunatics for rock n roll maniacs! Most of the group's known songs were cover versions by forgotten or underground if you want it, rock n roll monsters. Even to those songs that had their names on credits, are shamelessly copy/paste pastiches of these heroes. On Cramps' taste have built some of the best ever rock n roll compilations. The "Born Bad" series are the perfect examples and had slightly different track lists in comparison with this.
The "Songs The Cramps Taught Us" if I'm right were the first of those bootleg in fact series - that gathered some of the best R&R - R&B (s)hits ever buried in the groove of a piece of wax! Many companies (?) touched their hands on this concept and just a google search proves my claim. At least 6-7 different front covers. The same holds good for the tracks. Anyway, this is the Vol.1 of three (at least) CD versions! If it was easy to grab it i wouldn't post it here but it took me LONG to found it myself so i guess this is quite tough to find item. Try it if you want it on Norton's or Crypt's mail orders. The sound is excellent (fuck you audiophiles, i mean filthy, dirty, greasy and raunchy!) and has a 24 color booklet with very good liners! Some bootleggers are connoisseurs and deserve your sympathy, man!

A look at the track list and you'll see for yourself why i rated this compact disc so high!
A guaranteed party shaker and an educational induction to the world of 50s & 60's Trash Rock N Roll!

Track List:

1. The Sparkles - Hipsville 29 B.C.
2. Dwight Pullen - Sunglasses After Dark
3. Link Wray - Fatback
4. Sherrif & Ravels - Shombolar
5. The Riptides - Machine Gun
6. Bo Diddley - Dancing Girl
7. The Trashmen - Surfin Bird
8. Walter Brown - Jelly Roll Rock
9. The Sonics - Strychnine
10. TheRumblers - Boss
11. Third Bardo - Five Years Ahead Of My Time
12. The Busters - Bust Out
13. The Phantom - Love Me
14. Jett Powers - Go Girl Go
15. Ronnie Cook & Gaylads - Goo Goo Muck
16. The Runabouts - Strangeness In Me
17. The Groupies - Primitive
18. The Frantics - Werewolf
19. Elroy Dietzel - Rockin Bones
20. Dale Hawkins - Tornado
21. The Shells - Whiplash
22. Keith Courvale - Trapped Love
23. Freddie & Hitchikers - Sinners
24. Charlie Feathers - Can't Hardly Stand It
25. Andy Starr - Give Me A Woman
26. R. Lewis Band - Get Off The Road
27. Hayden Thompson - Blues Blues Blues
28. Lee Dresser & Krazy Kats - Beat Out My Love
29. Andre Williams - Bacon Fat
30. Jack Scott - The Way I Walk
31. Elvis Presley - Do The Clam

Shake a lake boy!

As usual 320 Kbps and full scanned covers.



  1. THANK YOU! Been searching all over for a QUALITY rip of this. Still looking for vilumes 2 and 3!!

    J from the USA

  2. You're welcome lad. I've got 'em both. Hope anytime soon to post them too. Keep checking here and thanks for stopping by.

  3. Great, thanks! I have been stopping by everyday for a couple of weeks now and loving all the archives. That Link Wray comp is a real barnburner.

  4. Hello.
    I stumbled across your site today. How do I get to download/listen to the Cramps stuff you've posted?