Vocalist Erick "Lux Interior" Purkhiser and guitarist Kirsty "Poison Ivy Rorschach" Wallace met in Sacramento and found they shared an affinity for obscure '50s rockabilly, surf records and junk culture. They moved back to Interior's native Ohio and then to New York in 1975, where they formed "The Cramps." They later wound up in the legendary Sun studio in Memphis where overrated cult icon Alex Chilton produced several singles, later released on the Gravest Hits EP. Chilton was also the producer on their somewhat minimalistic 1980 debut album, "Songs the Lord Taught Us".
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