Songs the Lord Taught Us

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Songs the Lord Taught Us
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
Songs the Lord Taught Us
Psychedelic Jungle
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]

All tracks written by Lux Interior and Ivy Rorschach; except where indicated.

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "TV Set"     3:12
2. "Rock on the Moon"   Jimmy Stewart 1:53
3. "Garbageman"     3:37
4. "I Was a Teenage Werewolf"     3:03
5. "Sunglasses After Dark"   Dwight Pullen, F.L. Wray, Sr., Interior, Rorschach 3:47
6. "The Mad Daddy"     3:48
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Mystery Plane"     2:43
2. "Zombie Dance"     1:55
3. "What's Behind the Mask"     2:05
4. "Strychnine"   Gerry Roslie 2:24
5. "I'm Cramped"   The Cramps 2:37
6. "Tear It Up"   Johnny Burnette, Dorsey Burnette, Paul Burlison 2:32
7. "Fever"   John Davenport, Eddie Cooley 4:17


The Cramps


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


  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Songs the Lord Taught Us – The Cramps". AllMusic. Retrieved September 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Cramps: Songs the Lord Taught Us". Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ DeCurtis, Anthony; Henke, James; George-Warren, Holly, eds. (1992). The Rolling Stone Album Guide (3rd ed.). Random House. ISBN 0-679-73729-4. 
  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 City: Vintage Books. ISBN 0-67975574-8. 

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