Songs the Lord Taught Us

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Songs the Lord Taught Us
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Studio album by The Cramps
Released May 1980
Recorded Phillips Recording, Memphis, TN
Genre Garage punk, psychobilly
Length 37:53
Label I.R.S. (original US release)
Illegal (original UK release)
Zonophone (1998 European CD reissue)
ViNiLiSSSiMO 2011 Spanish vinyl reissue)
Producer Alex Chilton
The Cramps chronology
Gravest Hits
(1979)Gravest Hits1979
Songs the Lord Taught Us
(1980)
Psychedelic Jungle
(1981)Psychedelic Jungle1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record Guide B−[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[3]
Smash Hits 7½/10[4]
Spin Alternative Record Guide 8/10[5]

Songs the Lord Taught Us is the first album by the American garage punk band the Cramps. It was released in May 1980 on I.R.S. Records in America and Illegal Records in England.

Track listing[edit]

Writing credits adapted from the album's liner notes.[6]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "TV Set" Poison Ivy Rorschach, Lux Interior 3:12
2. "Rock on the Moon" (originally performed by Jimmy Stewart) Jimmy Stewart 1:53
3. "Garbageman" Rorschach, Interior 3:37
4. "I Was a Teenage Werewolf" Rorschach, Interior 3:03
5. "Sunglasses After Dark" (originally performed by Dwight "Whitey" Pullen; contains an interpretation of "Ace of Spades", originally performed by Link Wray[7]) Rorschach, Interior, Dwight Pullen, Link Wray 3:47
6. "The Mad Daddy" Rorschach, Interior 3:48
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Mystery Plane" Rorschach, Interior 2:43
8. "Zombie Dance" Rorschach, Interior 1:55
9. "What's Behind the Mask" Rorschach, Interior 2:05
10. "Strychnine" (originally performed by the Sonics) Gerry Roslie 2:24
11. "I'm Cramped" Rorschach, Interior, Bryan Gregory, Nick Knox 2:37
12. "Tear It Up" (originally performed by Johnny Burnette and the Rock and Roll Trio) Johnny Burnette, Dorsey Burnette, Paul Burlison 2:32
13. "Fever" (originally performed by Little Willie John) John Davenport (Otis Blackwell), Eddie Cooley 4:17

Personnel[edit]

The Cramps

with:

Technical
  • Alex Chilton - producer
  • John Hampton - engineer
  • Carl Grasso - art direction
  • The Cramps - sleeve concept
  • David Arnoff - photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Songs the Lord Taught Us – The Cramps". AllMusic. Retrieved September 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1990). "The Cramps: Songs the Lord Taught Us". Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s. Pantheon Books. ISBN 0-679-73015-X. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ Considine, J. D. (2004). "The Cramps". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 197–98. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  4. ^ Hepworth, David (March 20 – April 2, 1980). "The Cramps: Songs the Lord Taught Us". Smash Hits: 31. 
  5. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. New York: Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8. 
  6. ^ Songs the Lord Taught Us (CD liner notes). I.R.S. Records. 1989. CD 00007. 
  7. ^ Savage, Jon (2009-11-03). "Jon Savage on song: Link Wray plays his Ace". theguardian.com. The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-10-30. Link Wray liked the riff so much he recorded another faster version that didn't quite match the original. No matter. The Cramps were such big fans that they pinched it for their ludicrous yet scary 1978 remake of Dwight Pullen's 'Sunglasses After Dark' – helping to relaunch the Link for a new generation. 

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