The Cramps at Napa State Mental Hospital 1978

Legend has it that during a tour of the U.S. The Cramps, with the aid of a nurse with a spare set of keys, stole into the California Napa State Mental Hopital to play an impromtu gig for the patients. It’s probably far from the truth but I like to believe the story anyway. If you are unaware of The Cramps, they were one of the most influential bands of the ’80s. Reviving interest in the rockabilly and garage sounds of the past. They were also in a time of media blandness, evangelists for the underground movies, music and culture that would soon be labeled “cult”. Lux Interior the singer sadly died in 2009, he’s sadly missed by all those to whom he introduced a new and exciting world.

Here the Cramps play “The Way I Walk” to a crowd in which it’s pretty dificult to say who’s visiting and who resides there. Great stuff…

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