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)

7 comments:

  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.

    -Xtm

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

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

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

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  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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXgLwn2exwo

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  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".

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