[[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 Music/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:
* BadassBoast: "Garbageman", "Elvis Fucking Christ", "Creature From The Black Leather Lagoon", "God Monster"...
-->''You ain't no punk, you punk! You wanna talk about the real junk?\\
(...) If you can't dig me you can't dig nuthin'! Do you want the real thing or are you just talkin'?''
* CardCarryingVillain: "Mean Machine"
* CarefulWithThatAxe: "Love Me", "She Said", "I Was A Teenage Werewolf"
* CoolShades / SunglassesAtNight: "Sunglasses After Dark" claims it's a way "to be cool in one easy lesson" - even if you [[DeconstructedTrope can't actually see a thing]].
-->''Uh... Where am I, by the way?''
* 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", "The Crusher"... Most of them don't exactly end well for the dancers.
* DrugsAreGood: "Drug Train", "Let's Get Fucked Up", "Bop Pills"
* EyesDoNotBelongThere: "Eyeball In My Martini"
-->''[The doctor] said, 'You ain't crazy'\\
He said, 'You ain't insane'\\
'It's just you got an eyeball in ze CENTER OF YOUR BRAIN!' ''
* GarageRock
* GirlsWithGuns: "Bikini Girls With Machine Guns"
* GothRock: It's debatable whether they ever really were part of the goth scene, but they are beloved by goths and were a huge influence on deathrock.
* HappilyMarried: Lux and Ivy, until...
** AuthorExistenceFailure: Lux died in 2009.
* HellBentForLeather / DressedAllInRubber: Lux's stage outfits tended to be this.
* HormoneAddledTeenager: "Goo Goo Muck".
* {{Horror}}
* HumanMomNonhumanDad: "Mystery Plane"
-->''My daddy he’ll come back again\\
And take me from this mystery plane\\
Hey, maybe if I go reeeeeeeal slow\\
He’ll let me drive his UFO?''
* IntercourseWithYou: Too many songs to count.
* KidsRock: "People Ain't No Good."
* ALoveToDismember: "TV Set:"
-->''Oh baby, I see you in my TV set\\
Oh baby, I see you in my TV set\\
I cut your head off and put it in my TV set\\
I use your eyeballs for dials on my TV set.''
* MetaphorIsMyMiddleName: From "Mean Machine:"
-->''You wanna go to the devil but you don't like the flames\\
"Blood On Satan's Claw" is my middle name''
* ObligatoryBondageSong: "Queen of Pain," which just happens to be a [[SillyLoveSongs sweet love song]] as well.
* OdeToIntoxication: "New Kind of Kick:"
-->''Energine! Barcol! Draino hot shot! Whack attack! Helium! Nitrous oxide! Formaldehyde! Some new kind of kick!''
* PubertySuperpower: "I Was a Teenage Werewolf:"
-->''You know, I had puberty rites\\
...And I had puberty WROOONGS!''
* RevolvingDoorBand: Lux and Ivy were the only consistent members.
* SesameStreetCred: Lux Interior did a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvI64lIaQDc singing cameo]] in an episode of WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants as the frontman of a parrot puppet band.
* ShoutOut: ''Very'' frequent, in both lyrics and promo shots.
* StaircaseTumble: "Naked Girl Falling Down the Stairs." And yes, it's intended as a ShoutOut to Marcel Duchamp's "Nude Descending A Staircase #2."
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Ivy sings co-lead in two songs: "Get Off the Road" and "Kizmiaz."
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Ivy's stage outfits.
* StudioChatter: One CD reissue of ''Songs the Lord Taught Us'' includes an alternate take of "I Was a Teenage Werewolf," where the intro of the song abruptly stops as Lux Interior has a lengthy argument with someone across the room. Lux's half of the argument is much easier to make out, as he's still in front of the microphone, but apparently this other person disrupted the recording in some way, greatly angering Lux:
-->'''Lux:''' Man, nobody fuckin' stops the tape on The Cramps in the fuckin' studio! Now get outta here... This is costing me 80 bucks an hour, please LEAVE!
* TheyCalledMeMad: "Thee Most Exhaulted Potentate of Love:"
-->''Mad! You call me mad?! Haha. I have the secret of eternal love! You call me mad?!!''
* YourHeadASplode: "Blow Up Your Mind."