1… How influential were The Cramps and why?
Hugely influential to me. Why- because they are just about perfect in my book- sexy, trashy, raw. Everything that rock and roll should be.
The first time I heard them in high school was a real eye opener- the perfect blend of rockabilly and punk. I don’t think anyone has ever done it better. We covered Cornfed Dames on our first full length, and I’m sure we’ll record another one soon. We do a bunch of Cramps covers live when we’re playing longer shows. Or covers of Cramps covers, which I tend to like better than the originals.