Various - Look What The Cramps Dredged Up: Rock n' Roll Pearls From The Big Beat Deep

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Limited Edition 2LP vinyl + InsertåÊ

32 classic cult originals covered by The CrampsåÊ

Compiled by rock‰۪n‰۪roll authority Lucky ParkeråÊ

The wealth of Lux & Ivy‰۪s record collection, revealing the roots of The Cramps soundåÊ

Over four sides of vinyl, Lucky Parker unearths nuggets from the rock‰۪n‰۪roll era, as resurrected by AmericanåÊband The Cramps. Formed in 1976, with singer Lux Interior and guitarist Poison Ivy, the two constants in theiråÊline-up, The Cramps were part of New York‰۪s diverse CBGB punk scene. Favouring a stripped-downåÊrockabilly/garage sound, their repertoire of originals and cover versions displayed a penchant for rock & roll andåÊrhythm & blues, and a predilection for retro science fiction and horror imagery, which saw the band come to beåÊregarded as pioneers of the psychobilly genre, although the tag woefully fails do them full justice.åÊ

As well as original songs, The Cramps‰۪ albums habitually included cover versions, and Look What TheåÊCrampsåÊDredged Up features 32 of the tracks that were covered by the band. Although most fall into the loose categoryåÊof rock‰۪n‰۪roll, they all possess a unifying deviancy; rock‰۪n‰۪roll at its most wildly primal and juvenile, the freakishåÊteen music Lux & Ivy idolised and aspired to refashion. åÊDespite their cohesive character, these discoveries varyåÊwidely in style, from the peerless balladry of Ricky Nelson to the abandoned rockabilly of Johnny Burnette andåÊthe frankly unhinged sound of Fat Daddy Holmes. Rhythm & blues numbers vary from Andre Williams‰۪ greasyåÊBacon Fat to Little WillieåÊJohn‰۪s timeless Fever and The Top Notes‰۪ pre-Isley Brothers original of Twist & Shout.åÊThrow into the mix Link Wray‰۪s sinister instrumental Rumble, the Bmovie horror of The Frantics‰۪ The Werewolf,åÊplus classic sides by Carl Perkins, Richard Berry and Wanda Jackson, and you have a fantastic cross section ofåÊThe Cramps‰۪ jukebox.åÊ