The Cramps

The Cramps Biography

In the spring of 1976, The CRAMPS began to fester in a NYC apartment. Without fresh air or natural light, the group developed its uniquely mutant strain of rock’n’roll aided only by the sickly blue rays of late night TV. While the jackhammer rhythms of punk were proliferating in NYC, The CRAMPS dove into the deepest recesses of the rock’n’roll psyche for the most primal of all rhythmic impulses -- rockabilly -- the sound of southern culture falling apart in a blaze of shudders and hiccups. As late night sci-fi reruns colored the room, The CRAMPS also picked and chose amongst the psychotic debris of previous rock eras - instrumental rock, surf, psychedelia, and sixties punk. And then they added the junkiest element of all -- themselves.
— J. H. Sasfy, Professor of Rockology, from the liner notes of The Cramps 1979 release Gravest Hits

It would be almost impossible to have never heard of The CRAMPS. Their career has been the stuff of legend. Dangerously bizarre but most of all cool, The CRAMPS represent everything that is truly reprehensible about rock’n’roll. Founding members Lux Interior (the psycho-sexual Elvis/Werewolf hybrid from hell) and guitar-slinging soul-mate Poison Ivy (the ultimate bad girl vixen) are the architects of a wicked sound that distills a cross of swamp water, moonshine and nitro down to a dangerous and unstable musical substance. Their cultural impact has spawned a legion of devil cults and dance-floor catfights, and created in its wake a cavalcade of cave-stomping imitators. As punk rock pioneers in the late seventies, they cut their teeth on the stages of CBGB and Max’s Kansas City and recorded their first record at Sam Phillips legendary Sun Studios, funded mainly by Ivy’s income as a dominatrix in NYC. They coined the now popular term “psychobilly” on their 1976 gig posters. Their hair-raising live performances are still a total, no-holds-barred rock’n’roll assault. After a quarter century of mayhem, they’re too far gone to even consider any other course.

The Cramps Bio from Discogs

The Cramps was an American punk band, formed in 1976 and disbanded 2009. Their line-up rotated much over their existence, with the husband and wife duo of lead singer Lux Interior and lead guitarist Poison Ivy as the only permanent members.

Final line-up

* Lux Interior (Erick Purkhiser) – vocals, March 1973 to February 2009

* Poison Ivy (Kristy Wallace) – lead guitar, March 1973 to February 2009

* Harry Drumdini – drums, February 1993 – July 2003 and August 2006 to February 2009

Former members

* Bryan Gregory (Greg Beckerleg) – guitar, April 1976 – May 1980

* Pam Balam (Pam Beckerleg) – drums, April 1976 – September 1976

* Miriam Linna – drums, October 1976 – June 1977

* Nick Knox – drums, July 1977 - January 1991

* Julien Hechtlinger (Julien Grindsnatch) – guitar, July 1980 – September 1980

* Kid Congo Powers (Brian Tristan) – guitar, December 1980 – September 1983

* Mike Metoff (as Ike Knox) – guitar, October 1983 – November 1983; January 1984 – July 1984

* Click Mort - guitar, December 1983

* Jim Sclavunos – drums, 1991

* Touch Hazard (Tim Maag of The Mechanics) - bass, 1985

* Fur Dixon - bass, March 1986 - May 1986

* Candy del Mar – bass, July 1986 – January 1991

* Slim Chance – bass, March 1991-August 1998

* Nickey Alexander – drums, June 1991 – January 1993

* Doran Shelley – bass, 1998 - 1999

* SugarPie Jones – bass, 2000

* "Jungle" Jim Chandler – "Laid down the primal beat" for the European tour 2004

* Bill Bateman (Bill "Buster" Bateman) – drums, June 2004 – August 2006

* Scott Franklin (2) (Scott "Chopper" Franklin) – bass & guitar, January 2002 – September 2006

* Jen Hanrahan - castanets June 2000 - August 2000.

* Sean Yseult (Shauna Reynolds) – bass, October/November 2006

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