[[caption-width-right:350:The "classic" lineup. Left to right: Poison Ivy Rorshach, Lux Interior, Bryan Gregory and Nick Knox.]]

->''"I've got [[ShoutOut 96 tears]]''
->''and 96 eyes"''
-->--"Human Fly"

The Cramps were an American PunkRock band from Sacramento, CA, who were one of the major innovators of garage punk and psychobilly music.

The band were formed in 1976 by a husband and wife, Lux Interior (aka Erick Purkheiser) and Poison Ivy Rorshach (aka Kristy Wallace). They quickly entered the CBGB scene in [[BigApplesauce New York]], dominated by bands like TheRamones. Their first LP, ''Songs the Lord Taught Us'', is often considered their best release.

The Cramps are remembered for their amazing live shows, and their melding of punk, GarageRock and {{Rockabilly}} with their love of {{B Movie}}s, {{Exploitation Film}}s and UsefulNotes/LasVegas trash culture.
!!!Tropes related to the band:
* CoolShades: "Sunglasses After Dark"
* CoverVersion: A ''lot'', including "Strychnine" (originally by The Sonics), "Surfin' Bird" (originally by The Trashmen), "The Crusher" (originally by the Novas), "Primitive" (originally by the Groupies), "Green Fuz" (originally by Green Fuz), and "Green Door" (originally by Jim Lowe).
* DanceSensation: "Alligator Stomp", "Cramp Stomp", "Zombie Dance", "Surfin' Dead", "Ultra Twist"...
* GarageRock
* GirlsWithGuns: "Bikini Girls With Machine Guns"
* HappilyMarried: Lux and Ivy, until...
** AuthorExistenceFailure: Lux died in 2009.
* HormoneAddledTeenager: "Goo Goo Muck".
* {{Horror}}
* ALoveToDismember: "TV Set".
* RevolvingDoorBand: Lux and Ivy were the only consistent members.
* ShoutOut: ''Very'' frequent, in both lyrics and promo shots.