CRAMPS, THE: Smell Of Female LP


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This live EP, recorded at famed NYC punk venue The Peppermint Lounge, was originally released in 1983, bridging the lengthy gap between The Cramps’ second and third albums. It’s a bit of a classic in its own right, however. Taking its title from the voiceover prologue to Russ Meyer’s cult film ‘Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!’, ‘Smell of Female’ includes a cover of the film’s hilarious theme song, along with four original songs and a cover of The Count Five’s trash-rock hit ‘Psychotic Reaction’. The best tracks are ‘You Got Good Taste’ and ‘I Ain’t Nothin’ But A Gorehound’, but The Cramps deliver energetically throughout, and there are no really weak songs. This is the best available document of the live sound of The Cramps in their heyday, and as such is highly recommended. The cover shots of Poison Ivy Rorschach shaking a tail feather are a nice bonus!


A1. The Most Exalted Potentate Of Love
A2. You Got Good Taste
A3. Call Of The Wig Hat
B1. Faster Pussycat
B2. I Ain’t Nothin’ But A Gorehound
B3. Psychotic Reaction

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