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Psychedelic Jungle is the second album by the American garage punk band the Cramps.[1] It was released in May 1981 on I.R.S. Records. It was engineered by Paul McKenna and recorded in January 1981 at A&M Studios. It was self-produced by the Cramps. The photo on the back cover of the album was taken by the noted photographer and director Anton Corbijn.

Psychedelic Jungle
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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1981
RecordedJanuary 1981
StudioA&M Studios, Hollywood, California
GenreGarage punk, psychobilly
Length40:22
LabelI.R.S. (original US/UK release)
Illegal (original Australian/New Zealand release)
Zonophone (1998 European CD reissue)
ViNiLiSSSiMO (2011 Spanish vinyl reissue)
ProducerThe Cramps
The Cramps chronology
Songs the Lord Taught Us
(1980)
Psychedelic Jungle
(1981)
Smell of Female
(1983)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[2]
Spin Alternative Record Guide7/10[3]
The Village VoiceB[4]

Only half of the album's 14 tracks are original compositions, written by guitarist Poison Ivy Rorschach and singer Lux Interior.[5] The rest are cover versions of rock and roll, rockabilly, and garage rock singles from the 1950s and 1960s; these include "Green Door" by Jim Lowe (1956), "Jungle Hop" by Kip Tyler and the Flips (1958), "Rockin' Bones" by Ronnie Dawson (1959), "Goo Goo Muck" by Ronnie Cook and the Gaylads (1962), "The Crusher" by the Novas (1964), "Primitive" by the Groupies (1966), and "Green Fuz" by Green Fuz (1969).[5]

Single "Goo Goo Muck" later appeared on the soundtrack to the 1986 film Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.

Contents

Track listingEdit

Writing credits adapted from the album's liner notes.[5]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Green Fuz" (originally performed by Green Fuz)Les Dale, Randy Alvey2:09
2."Goo Goo Muck" (originally performed by Ronnie Cook and the Gaylads)Ronnie Cook, Ed James3:06
3."Rockin' Bones" (originally performed by Ronnie Dawson)Jack Rhodes, Don Carter, Dub Nalls2:48
4."Voodoo Idol"Poison Ivy Rorschach, Lux Interior3:39
5."Primitive" (originally performed by the Groupies)Ronnie Peters, Peter Hindlemen, Norman DesRosier, Gordon McLaren, Bobby Cortez, Steve Venet3:32
6."Caveman"Rorschach, Interior3:51
7."The Crusher" (originally performed by the Novas)Bobby Nolan1:47
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
8."Don't Eat Stuff Off the Sidewalk"Rorschach, Interior2:04
9."Can't Find My Mind"Rorschach, Interior3:01
10."Jungle Hop" (originally performed by Kip Tyler and the Flips)Kip Tyler2:07
11."The Natives Are Restless"Rorschach, Interior3:00
12."Under the Wires"Rorschach, Interior2:44
13."Beautiful Gardens"Rorschach, Interior3:59
14."Green Door" (originally performed by Jim Lowe)Hutch Davie, Marvin Moore2:35

PersonnelEdit

The CrampsEdit

TechnicalEdit

  • Paul McKenna – engineer
  • Donna Santisi – front cover photography
  • Anton Corbijn – back cover photography

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Psychedelic Jungle – The Cramps". AllMusic. Retrieved September 10, 2011.
  2. ^ Considine, J. D. (2004). "The Cramps". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 197–98. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  3. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. New York: Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (May 4, 1981). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Psychedelic Jungle / Gravest Hits (CD liner notes). I.R.S. Records. 1989. CD 70058.