You know, I have puberty rights
And I have puberty wrongs
No one understood me
All my teeth were so long
And no one made me stopI Was A Teenage Werewolf - The Cramps
Formed in 1976, American punk rock band The Cramps are a widely and wildly influential musical force that stayed active until the 2009 death of lead singer Lux Interior (aka Erick Lee Purkhiser). Lux and his wife Poison Ivy (aka Kristy Marlana Wallace) founded the band and remained the only permanent members throughout the years and many line-up changes. As part of the early CBGB punk rock movement that had emerged in New York, The Cramps are known to be the first band to blend punk rock with rockabilly, hence they are widely recognized as pioneers of the psycho-billy genre. The band’s debut full-length album, Songs The Lord Taught Us, produced by the late great Alex Chilton (The Boxtops, Big Star) and released in 1980, contained Cramps classics like “I Was A Teenage Werewolf”, “The Mad Daddy”, “Garbageman” and “TV Set”, which was covered by the band Spoon in 2015. The 1981 IRS Records follow up Psychedelic Jungle contained more wild raves including fan favorites “Caveman”, “Can’t Find My Mind” and “The Natives Are Restless”. With their unique image and fiendish brew of humorous retro-horror, sci-fi, B-movie lyrics mixed with their swampy, trashy, primitive stomps and banshee howls, The Cramps have influenced and inspired countless other bands in the garage, punk, rockabilly revival and early goth-rock genres.