My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Original album is tracks 1-13
Brief Background: Songs the Lord Taught Us is the debut album by New York City band the Cramps. The album was released on I.R.S. records in 1980.
What I think: I’ve never listened to very much of the campy horror Punk like this. It’s pretty fun, at least for the first half. I do have to say it gets old by the second. So, what we have are over the top ghoulish lyrics, like on “TV Set”, where vocalist Lux has various body parts in household appliances, and you get similar lyrics in “Garbageman” and “I Was a Teenage Werewolf”. These lyrics is backed with throw-back Rockabilly or Psychobilly style Punk rock, which I like even more than the lyrics. It would easily stand on its own as an instrumental album.
The second half of the album though, just doesn’t carry the same spark and energy. There is a mix of originals and covers there, but they just don’t seem very inspired to me. So we’re left with a good first half and a second that left me cold.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? It’s interesting and original in the sense that it puts a lot of individual pieces together. I’m ok with it being here.
Rating (Out of 5) 2.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (356/467)
Amount that are new to me: 76%