Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Jango Song Of The Day-The Cramps

Artist:The Cramps
Song:Goo Goo Muck
Album:Psychedelic Jungle/Gravest Hits

The Cramps were punk music pioneers especially what became known as psychobilly. It's a mix of rockabilly and punk. The basis of The Cramps were the husband wife duo of lead singer Lux Interior (Erick Lee Purkhiser) and guitarist Poison Ivy (Kristy Marlana Wallace). Other members were a revolving door. Purkhiser and Wallace met in 1972 in Sacramento. By 1975, they were part of the developing punk scene at CBGB's in New York City. They recorded a couple of singles produced by Alex Chilton of The Box Tops and Big Star. And this led to a deal with I.R.S. Records. They opened for The Police in England. Their early singles were released on the EP Gravest Hits. Then they moved to Los Angeles. Goo Goo Muck is from the 1981 album Psychedelic Jungle. It's probably The Cramps' most popular album. Other band members at the time were Kid Congo Powers on guitar and Nick Knox on drums. Goo Goo Muck was written and first recorded in 1962 by Ronnie Cook and the Gaylads. He was a rockabilly artist from Bakersfield. Meanwhile they were in a royalty dispute with I.R.S. so The Cramps were on hold for a while. They returned in 1985. But by that time The Cramps style of music wasn't popular anymore. This twofer of Psychedelic Jungle and Gravest Hits is the best of their early sound. The Cramps continued to record and tour. I guess today they are considered punk legends and pioneers. The Cramps retired in 2006 and the Purkhiser died of a heart attack in 2009. Here's The Cramps performing Goo Goo Muck in San Francisco 1981.

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