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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The Cramps - Songs The Lord Taught Us

Continuing the spooked-out and raging snarls of Gravest Hits, the Cramps once again worked with Alex Chilton on the group's full-album debut, Songs the Lord Taught Us. The jacket reads "file under: sacred music," but only if one's definition includes the holy love of rockabilly sex-stomp, something which the Cramps fulfill in spades. Having spent Gravest Hits mostly doing revamps of older material, the foursome tackled a slew of originals like "The Mad Daddy" and "TV Set" this time around, creating one of the few neo-rockabilly records worthy of the name. Years later Songs still drips with threat and desire both, testament to both the band's worth and Chilton's just-right production. "Garbageman" surfaced as a single in some areas, a wise choice given the at-once catchy roll of the song and downright frightening guitar snarls, especially on the solo. The covers of the Sonics' "Strychnine" and Billy Burnette's "Tear It Up" -- not to mention the concluding riff on "Fever" -- all challenge the originals. Interior has the wailing, hiccuping, and more down pat, but transformed into his own breathless howl, while Ivy and Gregory keep up the electric fuzz through more layers of echo than legality should allow. Knox helms the drums relentlessly; instead of punching through arena rock style, Chilton keeps him the rushed rhythm running along in the back, increasing the sheer psychosis of it all. (Year of Release: 1980)

Track List:
1. TV Set
2. Rock On The Moon
3. Garbageman
4. I Was A Teenage Werewolf
5. Sunglasses After Dark
6. The Mad Daddy
7. Mystery Plane
8. Zombie Dance
9. What's Behind The Mask
10. Strychnine
11. I'm Cramped
12. Tear It Up
13. Fever

Download: The Cramps - Songs the Lord Taught Us (56.1MB)


Anonymous said...

Niiiiiiice! Many thanks for putting this up!

Anonymous said...

Hello...A Problem, the song titles are incorrect for the bottm 2/3 and songs are duplicated and missing?????
Thanks, for listening...

Zer0_II said...

Thanks for letting me know. I'll check into it, and get them renamed and reupped if necessary.

savoadaki said...

I've tried downloading this at least ten times in the last two days. Sendspace is very slow, and often cuts out part way through. Who knows why, do you?

Zer0_II said...

The file isn't uploaded on Sendspace, so I'm not sure what you mean by that. It's on Gigasize, and I haven't experienced any problems trying to download from them in the past, and no one else has mentioned anything about it. Try again and let me know if you run into any trouble.

Slobodan Burgher said...

Very classic this. Nice.

Phibez said...

Brilliant !! I saw these live on stage in London UK maybe 10 years ago.
They still sound relevent and the track "garbageman" is an all-time classic of rock attitude

Anonymous said...

hey buddy! thanks for your effort! nice site, cool artists :)

Anonymous said...

Cheers for this! As always, got the vinyl but not the means to mp3!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this!