Songs the Lord Taught Us

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Songs the Lord Taught Us
Studio album by The Cramps
Released May 1980
Recorded 1979-1980
Studio 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
Psychedelic Jungle
(1981)Psychedelic Jungle1981
Singles from Songs the Lord Taught Us
  1. "Garbageman"
    Released: 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB−[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[3]
Smash Hits7½/10[4]
Spin Alternative Record Guide8/10[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
1."TV Set"Poison Ivy Rorschach, Lux Interior3:12
2."Rock on the Moon" (originally performed by Jimmy Stewart)Jimmy Stewart1:53
3."Garbageman"Rorschach, Interior3:37
4."I Was a Teenage Werewolf"Rorschach, Interior3:03
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 Wray3:47
6."The Mad Daddy"Rorschach, Interior3:48
Side two
7."Mystery Plane"Rorschach, Interior2:43
8."Zombie Dance"Rorschach, Interior1:55
9."What's Behind the Mask"Rorschach, Interior2:05
10."Strychnine" (originally performed by the Sonics)Gerry Roslie2:24
11."I'm Cramped"Rorschach, Interior, Bryan Gregory, Nick Knox2:37
12."Tear It Up" (originally performed by Johnny Burnette and the Rock and Roll Trio)Johnny Burnette, Dorsey Burnette, Paul Burlison2:32
13."Fever" (originally performed by Little Willie John)John Davenport (Otis Blackwell), Eddie Cooley4:17


The Cramps[edit]

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  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". 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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