Psychobilly miscreants the Cramps were one of the most demented and genuinely dangerous bands ever in any genre, so it's no surprise that they've inspired similarly unhinged artists such as Mike Patton, METZ and Daughters over the years. Those musicians and many more pay tribute to Lux Interior, Poison Ivy and cohorts on the forthcoming covers compilation Really Bad Music for Really Bad People, the 100th release from the long-running noise-punk label Three One G, run by underground rabble-rouser Justin Pearson (the Locust, Dead Cross, Planet B, et al).
The lineup of contributing artists runs the gamut of indie weirdness, from Pearson's project Retox to goth songstress Chelsea Wolfe to Cumbia trio Sonido De La Frontera to the aforementioned Patton (teaming with Zeus!), Daughters and METZ. The last of these — the Sub Pop noise-rock crew that made headlines last year when one Keanu Reeves sang their praises — takes on the Cramps' "Call of the Wighat," soaking the gnarled punk classic in layer upon layer of their signature piss and vinegar and feedback. Today (February 24th), the band and Three One G have teamed with Revolver to unleash the beautifully nasty cover — hear it below.
"It is impossible to do justice to the music of the Cramps," says METZ's Alex Edkins. "They were a singular force and to mimic or attempt to replicate their sound is a complete fools errand. So why do a Cramps cover you ask? Good question. Our intention from the outset — and the entire point of this compilation series — was to reimagine and recontextualize the music, destroy and rebuild, not ape or do a 'straight cover.' It was a fun way to pay respect to a band we all love without, we hope, doing them a disservice. Long live the Cramps."
Really Bad Music for Really Bad People will be released digitally as well as on limited edition vinyl on May 1st, but it's available for pre-order now. The comp was mastered by Brent Asbury at Measurable Harm, and features layout and design by Black Moon Design. Check out the cover art and track listing below.
Really Bad Music for Really Bad People track listing:
Child Bite "TV Set"
Metz "Call of the Wighat"
Secret Fun Club feat. Carrie Gillespie Feller "I Was a Teenage Werewolf"
Chelsea Wolfe "Sheena's in a Goth Gang"
Sonido de la Frontera "Zombie Dance"
Qui "New Kind of Kick"
Zeus! feat. Mike Patton "Human Fly"
Magic Witch Cookbox "People Ain't No Good"
Microwaves "Don't Eat Stuff Off the Sidewalk"
Daughters "What's Inside a Girl"
Panicker "I'm Cramped"