[n.p.]: The Cramps. (30 x 22 ¼ in.) print backed with (23 3/8 x 31 in.) Japanese paper. Screenprint. With several cracks in the ink, and various small stains throughout. Item #POS156
Pioneers of psychobilly, one of the first American garage punk bands, and part of the CBGB punk rock scene in New York, The Cramps wrote and performed in a film titled “Vampire From The Crypt” as promoted by this poster from 1980. Collaging photographs of the band by Alain de la Mata, (speculated to have originated from the band’s “Garbageman” promotional video shoot) this poster was included in a photo spread created for The Face magazine’s July 1980 issue, demonstrating their fascination with trash Americana and vintage monster movies in addition to the accompanying text from their own lyrics including the iconic song “Voodoo Idol,” only released the following year. Borrowing from the comic book series, “Tales from the Crypt,” The Cramps re-appropriate the ghoulish and fantastical style and reinvigorate it with their own punk aesthetic.