How to Make a Monster (album)

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How to Make a Monster
How to Make a Monster The Cramps.jpg
Compilation album by The Cramps
Released 2004
Recorded 1976-1988
Genre Garage punk, psychobilly
Length 142:59
Label Vengeance Records
The Cramps chronology
Fiends of Dope Island
(2003)
How to Make a Monster
(2004)
The Secret Life of the Cramps
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars [1]

How To Make A Monster is the third compilation album by the American garage punk band the Cramps. Comprising rare, previously-unreleased tracks, the release is a 2-CD set that includes a 28-page book with extensive liner notes by members Lux Interior and Poison Ivy, as well as rare and previously unseen photos and flyers from their personal collection.

Content included[edit]

Disc 1 contains 1976 rehearsal material, some 1982 studio demos with Terry Graham of the Gun Club on drums, and several other previously unreleased studio recordings. Disc 2 contains two historic live performances of relatively poor recording quality, both from very early in the band's career (one at Max's Kansas City and the other at CBGB).

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Lux Interior and Poison Ivy Rorschach, except where otherwise noted

Disc 1[edit]

Summer — 1976

1. "Quick Joey Small" (Joey Levine, Arthur Resnick) — 2:08
2. "Lux's Blues" — 1:14
3. "Love Me" (Marty Lott) — 2:56
4. "Domino" (Sam Phillips) — 2:34
5. "Sunglasses After Dark" (Dwight Pullen) — 1:16
6. "Subwire Desire" (Sam Phillips) — 2:50
7. "TV Set" — 3:12
8. "Love Me" (Marty Lott) — 2:29

October 1976

9. "I Was a Teenage Werewolf" — 3:08
10. "Can't Hardly Stand It" (Jody Chastain, Charlie Feathers, Jerry Huffman) — 3:21

1981 Rehearsal

11. "Sweet Woman Blues" (Edwin Bruce) — 4:54
12. "Rumble Blues" (Milt Grant, Link Wray) — 1:49
13. "Rumble Blues" (False Start) (Milt Grant, Link Wray) — 0:49
14. "Rumble Blues" (Milt Grant, Link Wray) — 3:28
15. "Rumble Blues" (Milt Grant, Link Wray) — 2:32
16. "Lonesome Town" (Baker Knight) — 4:13

1982 A&M Studio

17. "Five Years Ahead of My Time" (Rusty Evans, Vicky Pike) — 2:10
18. "Call of the Wighat" — 4:35
19. "Hanky Panky" (Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich) — 2:55

1988 Rehearsal

20. "Journey to the Center of a Girl" — 3:35
21. "Jackyard Backoff" — 3:04
22. "Everything Goes" — 1:53

1988 Home Demo

23. "All Women are Bad" — 3:47

Disc 2[edit]

Live at Max's Kansas City, 1/14/77

1. "Don't Eat Stuff Off the Sidewalk" — 2:06
2. "I Was a Teenage Werewolf" — 3:10
3. "Sunglasses After Dark" — 5:03
4. "Jungle Hop" — 2:20
5. "Domino" — 3:18
6. "Love Me" — 3:21
7. "Strychnine" — 4:19
8. "TV Set" — 3:25
9. "I'm Cramped" — 2:33

Live at CBGB, 1/13/78

10. "The Way I Walk" — 3:27
11. "Love Me" — 3:01
12. "Domino" — 3:39
13. "Human Fly" — 3:04
14. "I Was a Teenage Werewolf" — 3:25
15. "Sunglasses After Dark" — 4:43
16. "Can't Hardly Stand It" — 3:34
17. "Uranium Rock" — 3:02
18. "What's Behind the Mask" — 3:00
19. "Baby Blue Rock" — 3:01
20. "Subwire Desire" — 2:53
21. "I'm Cramped" — 2:51
22. "TV Set" — 3:38

Personnel[edit]

  • Lux Interior - vocals; guitar on "Lux's Blues"
  • Poison Ivy, Bryan Gregory (tracks 1-1 to 1-10, 2-1 to 2-22), Kid Congo Powers (tracks 1-11 to 1-19) - guitar
  • Candy Del Mar - bass (tracks 1-20 to 1-22)
  • Miriam Linna (tracks 1-9, 1-10, 2-1 to 2-9), Nick Knox (tracks 1-11 to 1-16, 1-20 to 1-22, 2-10 to 2-22), Pam Balam (tracks 1-1 to 1-8), Terry Graham (tracks 1-17 to 1-19) - drums
Technical

References[edit]

  1. ^ Deming, Mark. "The Cramps: How To Make A Monster Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved September 11, 2011.