The Cramps: Influences

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The Cramps: Influences

One of the earliest punk bands to light up the New York scene, The Cramps made their mark with bouncy guitars and catchy hooks. The rapid-fire tempo switches of The Stooges and the New York Dolls anchor their hectic sound; underneath, the late-'50s rhythmic rockabilly of Elvis and Rick Nelson give Cramps tunes an infectious, toe-tapping spirit. And in their guitars, echoes of Dick Dale's freewheeling surf-rock solos belie their East Coast roots.

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