Sunday, March 11, 2018

The Chrome Cranks - Dead Cool (1994)

Creepy, tense garage-punk-blues. You know how The Cramps are great, but bands that are influenced by them usually suck? These guys are an exception to that rule.

Track listing:
1. Dead Cool
2. Desperate Friend
3. Way-Out Lover
4. Down So Low
5. Bloodshot Eye
6. Nightmare in Pink
7. Shine It On
8. Burn Baby Burn

You're so dead

More like this:
The Necessary Evils -
Spider Fingers (1997)
Cheater Slicks -
Refried Dreams (1999)


  1. "The Cramps are great, but bands that are influenced by them usually suck..."

    Man, I'm so glad to discover I'm not the only one who's thought that.


    1. I second that -- or third? Psychobilly became cartoonish, as bad as the ska revival.

  2. I seem to remember that these guys were also the exception in that they are still fantastic 20 years later...

  3. Aren't ALL bands influenced by The Cramps? Even if they don't know The Cramps world, and we just live in it.

  4. I can hear a nod to The Cramps but I always think of The Scientists/Kim Salmon when listening to The Chrome Cranks, especially on their first album.

    They recorded a fantastic cover of Cool As Ice by Suicide that I can't seem to get enough of

  5. Here Here! Most bands that list The Cramps as a main influence are steaming garbage in audio form. I find the same is true of bands that try to emulate The Ramones. Don't even get me started on the abysmal scourge that is "Ramonescore".