Cramps, the - rock'n'roll monster bash


Their music is mostly in rockabilly form, played at varying tempos, with a minimal drumkit. An integral part of the early Cramps sound is dual guitars, without a bassist. The focus of their songs' lyrical content and their image is camp humor, sexual double-entendre, and retro horror/sci-fi b-movie iconography.

Additionally, it wasn't just Poison Ivy's music that employed the aesthetic of rockabilly and garage rock; as well as dressing as a macabre, Morticia-style vamp, Poison Ivy could transform herself into a Bettie Page figure with inimitable prowess. With covers and videos devoted to the "Queen of Pin-Up" (who moonlighted as a bondage model as well as performing as a calendar girl), The Cramps actively tapped in to pop culture sexuality and revealed its 'darker' side. The band's aesthetic came packaged as a whole: their music, performance and B-movie visuals inexorably linked. And, by performing on stage with now-legendary skill while dressed in the costumes of female titillation, Poison Ivy was challenging the single-faceted stereotypes of womanhood. Did she get stick for it? "Some other band, some female guitar player, said she got hassled, but I don't. I guess I look like I would dish it back."


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