Incoming: Cramps Singles Box + CD

 

Compilation of the The
Cramps’ early singles plus some tracks from the same period that were never
issued on that format. Let’s review what we’ve learned thus far via some video clips below, too.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Leave it to the crate-digging and trash-loving archivists at
Spain’s
Munster Records
to dig up a Cramps box. Arriving in stores next week: File Under Sacred Music: Early Singles
1978-1981
, a limited edition box of ten 7″ers – also released as a single
CD – featuring  six replica sleeves and
four new sleeves especially designed for the edition, plus a booklet of photos
and memorabilia.

 

 

 

Such timeless Lux Interior/Poison Ivy gems as “Human Fly,” “Drug
Train,” “Garbage Man” and “Goo Goo Muck” will be included, natch. See the full tracklisting
below.

 

Partnering with Munster for the project is no less a Cramps
authority than UK journalist Lindsey Hutton, so without further ado we’ll turn
this news clip narrative over to him so he can explain further in his own
signature style. Take it away, Lindsey…

 

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From Lindsey Hutton:

 

“I’ve no idea why The Cramps don’t seem to figure in a lot
of alleged histories of punk or just plain music in general. This could be down
to them being utterly or unpigeonhole-able (is that even a word?) or just
outright ignorance. Perhaps a bit of both but hey, let’s not concern ourselves
with that. The band changed the face of culture. Period. Without bothering “the
charts” or playing too many stadiums, their seismic effect on everything you
hold dear will be felt for all time.

 

“This ancient knowledge – some of their grooviest gravy – is
presented here for your delectation and delight. So get a crack-a-lackin’ with
blasting these twisted hymns morning, noon and night. And while the ruckus is
in full swing, pray to whoever might listen that Ivy will get around to compile
the ultimate document of her undulating combo in commemoration of their
services to entertainment. The bloody gears of this here rockin’ machine will
be rolling way beyond the foreseeable future.

 

“Reasons outwith anyone’s control might mean that you can’t
see the band anymore but no one – no how – will be able to make this thing
stop. Meanwhile, dig into this feast for the little ghouls that understood all
along or indeed anyone with a decent set of ears.”

 

 

 

TRACKLIST:

 

1. SURFIN’ BIRD

2. THE WAY I WALK

3. HUMAN FLY

4. DOMINO

5. LONESOME
TOWN

6. MYSTERY PLANE (Original mix)

7. FEVER

8. GARBAGEMAN

9. TV SET

10. THE MAD DADDY (Original
mix)     

11. DRUG TRAIN

12. LOVE ME

13. I CAN’T HARDLY STAND IT

14. TWIST & SHOUT

15. URANIUM ROCK

16. GOO GOO MUCK

17. SHE SAID

18. THE CRUSHER

19. SAVE IT

20. NEW KIND OF KICK

21. ROCKIN’ BONES

22. VOODOO IDOL

 

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