Best album by The Cramps?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Mother, Dec 31, 2018.

  1. Mother

    Mother Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Vote for your favorite album by the wonderfully wild 'n' wacky punk psychobilly rock 'n' roll band The Cramps.


  2. mrbobdobalina

    mrbobdobalina Forum Resident

    Not here
    "Songs The Lord Taught Us" by a country mile. Well, to be fair, "Psychedelic Jungle" isn't too far behind. Don't know if "Off The Bone" counts as it is kind of a "greatest hits" comp.
  3. Echoes71

    Echoes71 Forum Resident

    Since you didn’t specify Studio album, I’m gonna go with “Smell of Female”. That’s always been my favorite Cramps album.
  4. Partyslammer

    Partyslammer Lord Of The New Church

    Songs The Lord Taught Us by a wide margin, imo. Although I’m a big fan of their entire discography, I feel they never surpassed or even equalled the stuff they did with Brian Gregory in the band.

    Also, “Off The Bone” is more or less a Best Of from the IRS/Illegal era that includes all the tracks from the first EP Gravest Hits which should have been listed in the poll instead.
  5. breakingglass

    breakingglass Forum Resident

    Psychedelic Jungle for me
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  6. "Psychedelic Jungle"
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  7. Veni Vidi Vici

    Veni Vidi Vici Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL
    Another vote for “Songs” here. I think it was one of the most original and exciting albums to come out of the CBGB scene, and there was some stiff competition. Although I do like “Smell” as well, as it was my first by them, based on a rave review in Sounds - although it’s really a bit short for an album.
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  8. Geee!

    Geee! Senior Member

    A Date With Elvis
  9. Jimi Bat

    Jimi Bat Forum Resident

    tx usa
    Look Mom No Head or Psychedelic Jungle
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  10. Malcolm Crowne

    Malcolm Crowne Forum Habitue

    Portland OR
    the one that has "Bikini Girls With Machine Guns" on it
    (greatest rock song title of all time)
  11. Mr Bassie

    Mr Bassie Back for more

    My favorite is Bad Music for Bad People but that wasn’t a choice so I picked Songs the Lord Taught Us
  12. Jimmy B.

    Jimmy B. Senior Member

    Stranded on Earth
    Stay Sick!
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  13. Bob C

    Bob C Forum Resident

    So Cal
    My favorite is 'Psychedelic Jungle' just slightly over 'Songs The Lord Taught Us' and 'Gravest Hits'. I saw 'em live a couple of times, probably 'A Date With Elvis'-era and they were great, wild shows.
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  14. Neonbeam

    Neonbeam All Art Was Once Contemporary

    Planet Earth
    This is T.O.U.G.H because both "Songs" and "Jungle" are damned strong albums. If pushed I'd go with "Psychedelic Jungle" because of its spooky slow(er) tempos. And really weird atmosphere. It reminds me of a long gone, really strange night in Hamburg back in 1991. I will leave it at that! :uhhuh:
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  15. YardByrd

    YardByrd rock n roll citizen in a hip hop world

    Ditto on both points
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  16. TonyCzar

    TonyCzar Forum Resident

    PhIladelphia, PA
    BMFBP has stayed in print for so long it's gotta be a lot of peoples' first or only Cramps album. Should be in the running.

    And yeah, the live albums, too. It seemed at the time like forever and a day between "Jungle" and "Smell of Female". Seeing new Cramps product on the shelves again was a great day.
  17. 24voltsdc

    24voltsdc Forum Resident

    Indianapolis, IN
    A Date With Elvis for me although I love them all. Wish Lux was still with us as I'm sure they would have released more music.
  18. dlemaudit

    dlemaudit Forum Resident

    France, Paris area
    great thread , hoping for many pages !!
    Psychedelic Jungle , one of the greatest piece of rock n roll ( The Cramps aint no Psychobilly pleaze ) ever recorded , still remembers vividly the day my local shop ( was living in the countryside ) received my order for it . They played it and everyone looked at each other in amazement when they heard the intro of Green Fuz and that snare drum ( genius sound for snare drum on this LP ) . I was 15 .
    Songs is close behind
    Bassless fuzzy Cramps with Bryan and Kid were the best
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  19. Bluepicasso

    Bluepicasso Android Confused

    Arlington, Va
    Good thread as I recently started listening to them again after many year. From a historic perspective, one would go with the 1st. I do love the period of Stay Sick to Big Beat from Badsville. There are many hidden rock and roll songs on those albums. Who couldn't love a song called, "Let's All Get F**ked Up!"?
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  20. angelo73

    angelo73 ⬚⿻⬚⿻⬚

    Orbiting Sgr A*
    StLTU, Psych Jun close.
    One really can't go wrong
    with anything up to and
    including "Date With Elvis"
    and the 2004 retrospective
    " How To Make A Monster".
    Their post-'86 LPs are great,
    just a bit more slick .. some
    of the primitive rawness is
    polished away. Lux & Ivy
    were the real deal .. make no
    mistake about it.
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  21. Whoopycat

    Whoopycat Forum Resident

    Des Moines
    Big Beat From Badsville deserves much more love than what it's getting in this poll. Pretty much every song on it is great.
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  22. Spazaru

    Spazaru Angry Samoan

    After Songs The Lord Taught Us, they had a few good songs but were basically repeating themselves. To me STLTU has the best production and best songs. Somehow they got a more raw and better sound at Phillips Recording than Sam Phillips himself got when he moved Sun over there in 1960(in my opinion). Maybe Alex Chilton was the secret.
  23. Izozeles

    Izozeles Pushing my limits

    First 2 are essential
  24. 24voltsdc

    24voltsdc Forum Resident

    Indianapolis, IN
    I agree. Love that record.
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  25. PixieStix

    PixieStix Forum Resident

    I'm new to The Cramps, what are the essentials?

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