The Cramps Jukebox
There have been a number of Cramps-related compilations over the years and all have their merits, since the Cramps were influenced by some of the craziest, wildest and sickest rock'n'roll in history. This 2-CD set is based on a radio interview the dynamic duo (Lux & Ivy) did at a New Jersey station, technically to hype their collection of rarities, How to Make a Monster, but which evolved into a discussion of their record collection.
Disc 1 is all music - songs the Cramps "borrowed", covered or just plain loved. Especially interesting is their professed love for doo-wop - their collecting obsession - and the inclusion here of some of their faves. But, there is plenty of rockabilly madness and just cool 50's r'n'r. As is often the case, there is not much concentration on their love of 60's mania, but there is a limit to what a CD can hold!
The 2nd disc is all interviews, including the radio interview that was the basis for this concept. Ivy does a great deal of the talking though Lux's observations are always entertaining and wacky. His absence from this world is a true tragedy.
Damn near anything to do with the Cramps is worthwhile and this is particularly cool. Listen and have fun testing yourself on which song was used for which Cramps tune!