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Date With Elvis [CASSETTE] [Import]

Cramps Audio Cassette
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  • Audio Cassette (29 July 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Big Beat UK
  • ASIN: B00005YMJF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,636,728 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Nobody ever played this kind of stuff as well as the legendary Cramps. The sad recent death of vocalist Lux Interior prompted me to drag this wonderful LP out of my files. I'd forgotten how great it is. I reckon this is the band's peak - a concept album with inspired tight instrumentation, superb production and engaging lyrics centred on those staple Cramps themes of sex, perversion and 'alternative lifestyle'. The trademark sense of humour is never far away, for example 'Kizmiaz' about a mythical utopian paradise (as in "kiss my ass").

At first sight/sound the Cramps appeared to be just another garage psychobilly combo but when you get into their music there's so much more to it. What sets this particular LP apart is that each track is loosely based on an Elvis number, but not as direct covers - that would be too obvious. The fun is to identify the Elvis song each track alludes to, with clues aplenty in the riffs, arrangements and harmonies. [Here's one to start you off: listen to 'Aloha From Hell' and then listen to 'Baby Let's Play House' by Elvis].

A brilliant album by a unique and hugely underrated band.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Would You Have it Any Other Way? 3 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
After well over four years of personnel changes and battles with the old record label, The Cramps were finally in the right place to make that long awaited comeback album. It's a good job I was only 2 years old at the time they made it back into the studio, I don't think I could have coped with the anticipation of it all. The personnel on this album is really the story, no longer a four piece Poison Ivy plays both lead and bass on this album following the departure of Kid Congo Powers back in 1983. But with the ever-present Nick Knox on drums and of course the marvellous Lux Interior on vocals, this album is far from a papering over the cracks exercise.

A Date With Elvis, released on Big Beat in 1986 after being recorded in 1985, was undoubtedly more of the same but after four years, it is no doubt a welcome edition to The Cramps catalogue and is entirely penned by Interior and Ivy, making this the first Cramps album to contain all original material, it should also be said, as well as laying down bass and some filthy fuzz filled guitar, Poison Ivy also Produced this record. The album begins with a noise more akin to the opener of I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night by The Electric Prunes from 1967; it soon beds in mind and returns to more Cramp like surroundings, How Far Can Too Far Go is what you'd expect.

The final bar of the opener merges nicely into the second track, the beautifully titled The Hot Pearl Snatch; again this is classic Cramps, thumping, filled with innuendo and musically filthy, the same can be said for the song What's Inside a Girl and of course Can Your Pussy Do The Dog, for some reason when I hear Lux Interior sing these songs it sounds almost sweet and innocent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Give me a Woman 21 Feb 2010
By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
LUX and Ivy joined their soul essentials to a time when the USA threw off the shackles of puritan bible bashing. They whooped and hollered to the priapus of paganism. As Haley's Comets whipped across the sky, to the first coming of the Beatles, the USA banged and beat themselves into a stupor. This is their tribute album to that spirit in the sky,

Harmony erased the spririt of grit with polish. Rock and roll became pot bellied, bald with long straggly hair, gazing, then picking out its belly fluff, trying to find meaning. This retraces the steps the eternal return back to the original spit and spirit; a date with elvis, his eight album, the Cramps' 3rd. The Cramps ask the fun da mental question; "Can your pussy do the dog?" There ain't hotter question in the whole civilised world. Then it descends into the devilish lounge leer of Kimiaz, the choir of angels performing People Ain't no Good to the distorted swoon of Hot Pearl Snatch.

Post Beatles, rock divorced roll. All the fun characters were stacked away in the orphanage. Lux liberated Link Wray, Hasil Adkins, Glen Glen, The Blond Bomber, the Sonics and countless others. Vast stretches of USA depopulation entailed Elvis swivelling to That's alright Mamma on TV beamed into young peoples consciousness and they wwoke from a stupor, cavorting with him. Girls recognised sexual chemistry of the " groin thrusting moves" and a collective unconsious unfolded, in the era of pre sex education.

Guys instead of snearing, emulated him. The concection was the frenzy. "It's just that song" tugs at kitsch hotel. Elvis erupts as the ghost of Lux to ask "What's inside a girl?"

Post Elvis guys crammed into booths to cut the killer disc and the cultural revolution was born. Then bang!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Legendary oldskool psycho garage 17 Aug 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Another great record from the Oldskool psycho-garage-punk legends.
Must have for psycho fans
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cramps - 'Date With Elvis' (Restless Records) 4 1/2 stars 6 April 2006
By Mike Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Originally released in 1986, as this was their fifth 'actual' record (is that all?). Either way, 'Date With Elvis' showcases some great rockin' psycho-billy for your listening pleasure. Just about every track here kicks ass, like the swinging "The Hot Pearl Snatch", "What's Inside A Girl?", "Can Your Pussy Do The Dog?", "Corn-fed Dames" (forgot all about this superb cut), the boot-stompin' "Chicken" and "Aloha From Hell". As with most Cramps releases, 'Date With Elvis' is most worth repeated spins. Simply a must-have.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cramps at the Top of their Game 19 Sep 2011
By Kasey G - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
By 1986 the core members of The Cramps had been together for a decade and thus the basic formula for a good album was probably like second nature to them by this time.

"A Date With Elvis" kicks off with the eerie, Suicide-like drone that appeared on 1984's "New Kind of Kick". But then the drums immediately kick off one of The Cramps catchiest, toe-tapping-est numbers in "How Far Can Too Far Go", in which Lux's vocals seem more upfront that ever.

There's some humorous and racy songs in the pounding "Hot Pearl Snatch", twist-friendly "Can Your Pussy Do the Dog" and the play-on-words "Kizmiaz"--a real departure--with it's dreamy, fairy-tale atmosphere and female backup vocals.

The super-fast "Chicken" is Lux in Jerry Lee Lewis soundalike mode; the spritual "(Hot Pool of) Womanneed" is his best Elvis-as-an-evangelist impersonation. "Aloha From Hell" has much in common with Elvis movie melodies like "Viva Las Vegas". There's a twangy ballad called "It's Just That Song" but it doesn't amount to much.

"People Ain't No Good" is straight-ahead rock and roll that features a children's chorus; "Cornfed Dames" has to be their most explosive song ever; the best number is "What's Inside a Girl" which reaches its boiling point at the third verse when those drumsticks start clicking away (Rock-n-roll just doesn't get any better than this).

Make sure you get the remastered version with the four bonus tracks: The western-sounding "Blue Moon Baby", slinky "Georgia Lee Brown" and "Give Me a Woman" as well as the rare 'girls-on-lead-vocals' "Get Off The Road".

"A Date With Elvis" is The Cramps at the top of their game. Along with 1980's "Songs The Lord Taught Us", this is a Must-Have!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wish you were here. 20 Feb 2006
By Johnny Heering - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album features the Cramps usual brand of rockabilly influenced punk (or punk influenced rockabilly), with a bit of surf music tossed in this time. This is one of the Cramps better albums. A lot of fun, raunchy songs like the classic "Can Your Pussy Do the Dog?". It even includes a rare lead vocal by Poison Ivy on "Get Off the Road". A must get for Cramps fans.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cramps 10 Jan 2011
By S. O'Brien - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This was actually the first Cramps cd I ever got and now that I own the rest of their cds this one has always remained my favorite. If you are new to The Cramps this would be a great album to start with. They are hard to label - part punk, rockabilly, psychobilly, surf, and just plain rock n roll all thrown together. Lead singer Lux Interior died in 2009 and the band called it quits after a career lasting more than 30 years. This album originally was released in 1986 and contains some of my all-time favorite Cramps songs. "The Hot Pearl Snatch", "What's Inside A Girl?", and "Can Your Pussy Do The Dog?" are my top three songs on here, but this album is really solid from start to finish.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis came back, and it ain't purty 30 Jan 2003
By KNO2skull - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Cramps are the masters of punkabilly and purportedly the reason for the psychobilly movement, and they really come through on this one! Starting from the start, 'A Date With Elvis' examines all kinds of cultural questions, such as the great 'How far can too far go?' amd. 'People ain't no good' is a thesis on human interaction with Lux Interior (the lead singer). The songs 'Kizmiaz' and 'Aloha From Hell' visit exciting and exotic places to go in a punkabilly, ...sort of way. There's not a bad song on this, and the extras include a rare vocalization by Poison Ivy Rorschac, the attractive guitarist of The Cramps since the beginning. This album is a must have for the curiousity- seekers and old time fans of The Cramps.
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