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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Punk Guitar Heroes - The Cramps Poison Ivy

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The Cramps have had a long career, and several personnel changes over the 30+ years that they have been bringing the trash voodoo psychobilly garage punk camp to adoring fans the world over. The two constant fixtures have always been Lux Interior and Poison Ivy Rorschach.

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While not a Bikini Girl with a Machine Gun, Ivy's weapon of choice was a great big guitar and a twangy, trashy reverb reminiscent of Link Wray, Hasil Adkins and surf heroes like The Ventures and Dick Dale. The hybrid genre of "psychobilly" is one I'd gladly give sole creation credit to the Cramps, and specifically to Ivy. She's a super hero, she's a vixen, and she's an innovator.

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