Smell Of The Cramps: More Songs From The Vault Of Lux and Ivy (Righteous Records)


The Cramps weren’t just a great band – they were rock and roll missionaries, fervently turning people on to obscurities culled from their personal collection of rare 45’s and 78’s. That’s where this compilation comes from – it’s the third volume in a series of songs that Lux and Ivy either gushed about in interviews or played on various radio shows. It contains twenty-nine songs, covering the gamut of strange music prior to 1962 when Dylan and The Beatles made it acceptable to be “out there”. Rockabilly, novelty records, jump blues, exotica and vocal groups gone mad are all represented here, with songs about things like witch doctors, swamp girls, caves – exactly what you would expect The Cramps to be listening to. The whole comp is likable from start to finish, but my favorite songs are Kip Tyler’s menacing “She’s My Witch”, The Playmates’ insanely speedy vocal workout “Beep Beep” and Nervous Norvus’ unnervingly creepy “Ape Call”. A few more jaw-dropping songs could have made it an essential purchase, but it’s still a great deep-dive into the Cramps’ aesthetic which the band’s fan should not hesitate to take.

Tracklisting:

1. Dirty Robber – THE WAILERS

2. Strollin On The Beach – HOLLYWOOD FLAMES

3. Bongo Beatin’ Beatnik – JOE HALL & THE CORVETTES

4. Short Shorts – THE FOUR WINDS AND THEIR TEENAGE FRIENDS

5. Little Girl – JOHN AND JACKIE

6. The Cave (Part I) – GARY ‘SPIDER’ WEBB

7. Proof of Your Love – JACKIE CANNON

8. She’s My Witch – KIP TYLER

9. Masai Rumble – HARRY COONS & RICHARD CAMPBELL

10. Swamp Girl – KAY MARTIN

11. Zodiac Blues – BELL BOOK AND CANDLE

12. Blue Oasis CHUCK (BIG GUITAR) – ERNEST WITH THE SATELLITE BAND

13. At Our Fireplace – DEREK WATSON & THE BROWN DOTS

14. Butcher Pete Part 2 – ROY BROWN

15. Round House Boogie – BEP’S BROWN AND HIS ORCHESTRA

16. Crazy Crazy Baby – CHUCK HOWARD

17. Pills – BO DIDDLEY

18. Yea-De-A-Hay – JACK JUDGE

19. Boo Be Ah Be – KIMBALL COBURN

20. The Creep – BOB LUMAN

21. Crackerjacker – BILLY MURE

22. Mexicali Baby – THE RIO ROCKERS

23. Witch Doctor – DAVID SEVILLE

24. Beep Beep – PLAYMATES

25. Drive, Daddy, Drive – LITTLE SYLVIA

26. Shook Shake – KEN DAVIS

27. Wild Love – JAY NELSON AND THE JUMPERS

28. Speak To Me Baby – WERLY FAIRBURN

29. Ape Call – NERVOUS NORVUS

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