Songs The Lord Taught Us

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Continuing the spooked-out and raging snarls of their Gravest Hits EP, the Cramps once again worked with Alex Chilton on the group's full-album debut, Songs the Lord Taught Us. The jacket reads "file under: sacred music," but only if one's definition includes the holy love of rockabilly sex-stomp, something which the Cramps fulfill in spades. Having spent Gravest Hits mostly doing revamps of older material, the foursome tackled a slew of originals like "The Mad Daddy" and "TV Set" this time around, creating one of the few neo-rockabilly records worthy of the name. Years later Songs still drips with threat and desire both, testament to both the band's worth and Chilton's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Continuing the spooked-out and raging snarls of their Gravest Hits EP, the Cramps once again worked with Alex Chilton on the group's full-album debut, Songs the Lord Taught Us. The jacket reads "file under: sacred music," but only if one's definition includes the holy love of rockabilly sex-stomp, something which the Cramps fulfill in spades. Having spent Gravest Hits mostly doing revamps of older material, the foursome tackled a slew of originals like "The Mad Daddy" and "TV Set" this time around, creating one of the few neo-rockabilly records worthy of the name. Years later Songs still drips with threat and desire both, testament to both the band's worth and Chilton's just-right production. "Garbageman" surfaced as a single in some areas, a wise choice given the at-once catchy roll of the song and downright frightening guitar snarls, especially on the solo. The covers of the Sonics' "Strychnine" and Billy Burnette's "Tear It Up" -- not to mention the concluding riff on "Fever" -- all challenge the originals. Interior has the wailing, hiccuping, and more down pat, but transformed into his own breathless howl, while Ivy and Gregory keep up the electric fuzz through more layers of echo than legality should allow. Knox helms the drums relentlessly; instead of punching through arena rock style, Chilton keeps the rushed rhythm running along in the back, increasing the sheer psychosis of it all.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/1990
  • Label: Fontana A&M
  • UPC: 044797000720
  • Catalog Number: 970007
  • Sales rank: 26,643

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 TV Set (3:12)
  2. 2 Rock on the Moon (1:53)
  3. 3 Garbageman (3:37)
  4. 4 I Was a Teenage Werewolf (3:03)
  5. 5 Sunglasses After Dark (3:47)
  6. 6 The Mad Daddy (3:48)
  7. 7 Mystery Plane (2:43)
  8. 8 Zombie Dance (1:55)
  9. 9 What's Behind the Mask (2:05)
  10. 10 Strychnine (2:25)
  11. 11 I'm Cramped (2:37)
  12. 12 Tear It Up (2:32)
  13. 13 Fever (4:17)
  14. 14 I Was a Teenage Werewolf (4:48)
  15. 15 Mystery Plane (2:41)
  16. 16 Twist and Shout (2:32)
  17. 17 I'm Cramped (2:37)
  18. 18 The Mad Daddy (3:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Cramps Primary Artist
Booker C. Organ, Keyboards
Byron Gregory Guitar
Lux Interior Bass, Vocals
Poison Ivy Guitar, Vocals
Nick Knox Drums
Technical Credits
Alex Chilton Producer
Dorsey Burnette Composer
Johnny Burnette Composer
John Hampton Engineer
Paul Burlison Composer
John Davenport Composer
Eddie Cooley Composer
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