THE CRAMPS: A Date With Elvis LP

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The Cramps - Hot Pearl Snatch

CHAPUTA! - Garage Punk Powered

UK 10-track pressing. Dedicated to Ricky Nelson, a DATE WITH ELVIS (1986) is the third Cramps studio album, recorded five years after their last, 1981’s PSYCHEDELIC JUNGLE (in the interim, the band recorded a number of EPs and a pair of live albums, and extracted themselves from a legal dispute with their old record label). Playing as a three-piece, with the extremely talented Poison Ivy on guitar and bass (as well as singing on a couple of tracks!), the band turned their most solid studio record. From the brilliant usage of a preschool choir singing the chorus of “People Ain’t No Good” to a crunching cover of “Get Off the Road”, the theme song of the 1968 biker exploitation flick, SHE DEVILS ON WHEELS, the record includes a bunch of ought-a-be classics. Standouts include the faux-hippie duet of “Kizmiaz”, one of the band’s several peaks of hyperactive, juvenile sexual obsession; “Hot Pool of Womanneed”, featuring lyrics like “As Jacob said to Isaiah / in them biblin’ days of yore / Man that babe is the tomata / Oh my Lord I’m longin’ for”; and Lux Interior’s nearly perfect impression of the King on “It’s Just That Song”. 

Tracking:
A1 How Far Can Too Far Go?
A2 The Hot Pearl Snatch
A3 People Ain’t No Good
A4 What’s Inside A Girl?
A5 Can Your Pussy Do The Dog?
B1 Kizmiaz
B2 Cornfed Dames
B3 Chicken
B4 (Hot Pool Of) Womanneed
B5 Aloha From Hell
B6 It’s Just That Song