THE CRAMPS LIVE (ABC/Triton DVD)

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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.

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