Just posted video of The Cramps live at the Mudd Club in 1981!!!

Taken from an episode of Paul Tschinkel’s Inner Tube, this footage looks and sounds fantastic! So excited to watch 30 minutes of prime Congo era Cramps! Dig the set list:

01 Don’t Eat Stuff Off The Sidewalk
02 New Kind Of Kick
03 The Green Fuz
04 Can’t Find My Mind
05 Goo Goo Muck
06 Natives Are Restless
07 TV Set
08 Sunglasess After Dark
09 Voodoo Idol
10 Human Fly
11 I Was A Teenage Werewolf
12 Beautiful Gardens


John Doe of X to release personal history of LA’s punk scene in new book

John Doe’s always had a way with words, and I love that era of LA music, so this is a no brainer for me. File next to your dog eared copy of We Got the Neutron Bomb : The Untold Story of L.A. Punk.

Happy birthday. Jeffrey Lee Pierce.

The Gun Club’s 1981 debut, Fire of Love, is an absolutely essential record in any collection of modern American music. Combining Blues, Country and Rockabilly influences, with Jeffrey Lee Pierce’s Punk American Gothic literary bent, Fire of Love perfectly fuses all ingredients into it’s own unique cocktail. When I first bought a copy, at about 14, I became absolutely obsessed with, even to the point of disappointment with their subsequent recordings. And while I do maintain that Fire of Love is JLP’s greatest musical achievement, lyrically he was just beginning to develop his voice, penning some of the best examples of American songwriting, in the wake of his opening salvo.

Random sidebar: Several years ago, at three shows within roughly a month’s time, I heard three bands cover Sex Beat; The Coathangers, Paint Fumes, and (I think) King Khan. The Jeffrey Lee Pierce shadow looms large.