The Cramps-Songs The Lord Taught Us (1980)

My Rating: 59% (D+)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 59% (D+)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. TV Set
  2. Rock On The Moon
  3. Garbageman
  4. I Was A Teenage Werewolf
  5. Sunglasses After Dark
  6. The Mad Daddy
  7. Mystery Plane
  8. Zombie Dance
  9. What’s Behind The Mask
  10. Strychnine
  11. I’m Cramped
  12. Tear It Up
  13. Fever
  14. I Was A Teenage Werewolf (With False Start)
  15. Mystery Plane
  16. Twist & Shout
  17. I’m Cramped
  18. The Mad Daddy


I.R.S., Illegal

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Needing some 80’s in your life.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Hilarious I like it.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not this one.

Final Thoughts:

The Cramps are on a list of 1001 Albums to Listen to Before You Die, and honestly their album Songs The Lord Taught Us didn’t do a lot for me. I understand that there might be some influential merit here, but to me it just sounded like a mix between Elvis and Aerosmith and those have never been guys I’m that into. I personally gravitate towards The Clash when it comes to my old school rock, so hearing these guys just sounded watered down or weak. Ultimately The Cramps didn’t do a lot for me, I wouldn’t have included them on the 1001 list but that’s just from preference and not education.


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