CRAMPS, THE: Nazibilly Werwoelfen N’ont Pas De Bausparvertrag: CD

The Cramps may be in the running for being the most bootlegged band in punk rock history. There’s over fifty full-length boots already. Undeniably, they’re a great band, who were the first to fuse rockabilly, punk, voodoo, and psychosis, while delivering all the shock and thrills that ’50s movie posters always promised. That said, this is a strange bootleg of a live 1979 performance from Palo Alto, California. It’s recorded directly from vinyl to CD (you can hear the needle drop and a couple of pops. It first came out as a 10″). What’s perplexing is how any of this adds up to the Nazi motif on the artwork and the re-titling of songs like “I Was a Teenage Werewolf” to “I Was a Nazi Werwolf” [sic]. I’m still not sure, but I’m sure that this is a solid Cramps set. If you’re looking to bust your hymen on The Cramps and don’t know what to shell out on, I’d suggest Songs the Lord Taught Us or Gravest Hits.

 –todd (bootleg)