My current obsession with reverby garage rock can be traced back to my love of those early Cramps albums on I.R.S., especially the Off the Bone compilation which in some ways I think is all you really need to own. Here’s a couple choice cuts:
The Cramps’ goth look only seemed silly till you saw them live: Lux Interior was one of the scariest mofos in rock. The version of “Tear it Up” from URGH! A Music War is the quintessential Cramps performance. Totally amazing, though I always felt sorry for the person who had to use the microphone after him:
We’ll miss ya, Lux.