The Cramps: Live at Napa State Mental Hospital
July 6, 2007 7:59 PM   Subscribe

Sometimes I think I wanna but I don't know if I should - I'm glad you did.
posted by freebird at 8:06 PM on July 6, 2007

Awsome find, I'd heard of this but never seen it. I'll get the Cramps everytime I watch this.
posted by nola at 8:08 PM on July 6, 2007

Best of the web! I have this on VHS somewhere, thanks for posting.
posted by Sailormom at 8:22 PM on July 6, 2007

Excellent. I picked this up on dvd a few years ago, and was pissed about the running time (for twenty something bucks) - until I watched it. The set is pure fucking electricity and sex. And psychos.
posted by Roman Graves at 8:28 PM on July 6, 2007

killer, thanks
posted by Jikido at 8:28 PM on July 6, 2007

I saw this years ago and it remains one of the funniest piss in your pants yet touching rock performances I've ever seen. Pure genius.
posted by Skygazer at 8:51 PM on July 6, 2007

I wish I could favorite this post 10 thousand times.
posted by maryh at 9:02 PM on July 6, 2007

Creature from the Black Leather Lagoon warped my childhood mind.
posted by furtive at 9:14 PM on July 6, 2007

My first big girl-crush was on a 1980 punk who played me the Cramps whilst thumping her heart and the wall to the beat, wearing a black thrift-store dress all torn to bits and giving me the eye. Oh, that was romance!

Sometimes I think I wanna but I don't know if I should. AHHHHHHHH!

I think I still have some Cramps LPS and EPS. Dang.
posted by goofyfoot at 11:15 PM on July 6, 2007

Bless Lux indeed. I didn't know he had such great legs until watching the Black Leather video. Thanks, furtive.
posted by msjen at 11:30 PM on July 6, 2007

Growing up near Akron, OH, I always clung to the Cleveland/Akron/Kent bands as proof that my hometown area wasn't a desolate cultural vacuum (Dead Boys, Pere Ubu, The Cramps, Devo, etc.).
posted by Falconetti at 1:18 AM on July 7, 2007 [1 favorite]

Nice one. I've never seen more than a couple of clips of the footage, either.

There was a re-enacment of the gig, complete with shot-by-shot recreation of the video performed at the ICA a few years ago.
posted by jack_mo at 3:09 AM on July 7, 2007

Bikini Girls With Machine Guns - genius! Saw them on Halloween in London around this time. Fantastic. Lux came on in full patent leather garb, 6 inch stillettos and huge hair - he was absolutely off his face and climbed the PA and lighting rig hanging onto a bottle of vodka. A beautifully surreal moment was the security guard trying to coax him down while the band played on....
posted by the_very_hungry_caterpillar at 3:35 AM on July 7, 2007

Woah. No fucking way.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 5:53 AM on July 7, 2007

thanks homunculus---and the_very_hunry_caterpillar ;)
From the first link, here's a Youtube 'quicklist'
posted by acro at 6:21 AM on July 7, 2007

When people ask -- and they do -- why I named my daughter "Ivy," I usually say she was named after the bass player for the Cramps. It's a shame how many people have no idea what band I'm talking about.
posted by The corpse in the library at 6:48 AM on July 7, 2007

I see The Cramps are "psychobilly.". How nice for them. Some people have to be psychotic hillbillies.
posted by davy at 7:21 AM on July 7, 2007

The Cramps at Liberty Lunch (I miss you, Lunch) was the best live show I have ever seen.

Fucking love them. Love these posts. I'd never heard of this before.
posted by mckenney at 8:21 AM on July 7, 2007

This is great stuff, I never heard about this show before. Weird to see Lux without a big bottle of red wine in his hand.

I usually say she was named after the bass player for the Cramps

Poison Ivy is a guitar player, and a damn cool one at that. Always has been. In the early days they didn't use a bass.
posted by InfidelZombie at 10:48 AM on July 7, 2007

Great to see that up - A pal sent me a VHS bootleg of this around 1990. The best live show I've ever seen was The Cramps at Newport, Kentucky's storied Jockey Club in August 1986. I believe the LP release that time around was "A Date with Elvis". The bar ran out of booze, Lux took off all of his clothes, the works.
posted by mwhybark at 12:10 PM on July 7, 2007

ya know, I saw the Cramps two years ago in Boston, and was impressed by their showmanship. All these years later, they still manage to exude some mixture of campy cheesiness, genuine menace, sloppy punk and accomplished musicianship. My 1984 self was not embarressed by the experience in the least.
posted by stagewhisper at 3:34 PM on July 7, 2007

You're right, InfidelZombie, and I know better. I was being distracted by my lil' Ivy as I wrote that.
posted by The corpse in the library at 5:23 PM on July 7, 2007

just when metafilter was geting lame this is fucking great
posted by baker dave at 7:06 AM on July 10, 2007

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