THE CRAMPS LIVE (ABC/Triton DVD)

 |   |  <1 min read

THE CRAMPS LIVE (ABC/Triton DVD)

Anyone coming to this 50 minute DVD hoping to get a whiff of the Cramps' psychobilly rock'n'roll black magic is bound to be disappointed.

The intensity of their performances was at its best on small stages in crowded (cramped?) rooms but here they are stranded on a huge stage at the 2006 Lokerese Festival in Belgium.

So try as he might, Lux Interior (who died in '09) can't get much going by way of crowd engagement or intensity -- and it doesn't help that guitarist Posion Ivy looks utterly detached, and not in a good way.

One of those live DVDs -- like so many -- where you start hitting the fast forward while thinking, "I guess you had to be there".

For more and rather better on the Cramps go here.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Film articles index

THE BEATLES' YELLOW SUBMARINE RECONSIDERED (2018): Fantasia for the pot generation

THE BEATLES' YELLOW SUBMARINE RECONSIDERED (2018): Fantasia for the pot generation

Movie producer Al Brodax said it began with a 3am phone call from John Lennon: Wouldn't it be great if Ringo was followed down the street by a yellow submarine?" That --... > Read more

A HARD DAY'S NIGHT (2001): The Beatles first film on DVD

A HARD DAY'S NIGHT (2001): The Beatles first film on DVD

There's a brief scene in A Hard Day's Night that went right past most people at the time. Watch carefully in the first few minutes and you'll catch it. John Lennon is sitting in a railway... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Seattle and the Boeing factory 2005: We have lift-off

Seattle and the Boeing factory 2005: We have lift-off

This is the place where words fail, where comparisons seem inadequate or, at best, only marginally helpful. This is where sheer scale overwhelms you, has you gasping. If this were a natural... > Read more

THE ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: APRA Silver Scroll nominee 2012 Anna MacDonald (Annah Mac)

THE ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: APRA Silver Scroll nominee 2012 Anna MacDonald (Annah Mac)

The annual APRA Silver Scroll award acknowledges excellence in songwriting, so at Elsewhere we modified our Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire and tailored it to be specifically about the craft of... > Read more