Excerpt from Interview with The Cramps
RE/Search: How did you meet?
IVY RORSCHACH: We met in 1974 in college in Sacramento, California. Under the guise of the Art Department there were classes like "Art and Shamanism," which was really a study of amanita muscaria; the textbook was The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross. The class was real loose; the teacher would ask you, "What grade do you want, an A?" He would gravitate toward certain students and invite them to "heavier" classes at his home--he had this fabulous spread. Lux and I met in his class, although actually we met hitchhiking.
LUX INTERIOR: There isn't that much to tell about that first encounter--she was hitchhiking and I picked her up. Later, we would both hitchhike down to San Francisco and back every weekend, barefoot.
IR: We met hitchhiking , we talked and discovered we were going to see each other again in this teacher's class. Actually, the first kiss was in this instructor's house--we'd taken mushrooms, I think.
R/S: Tell us about some strange records you've found--
LI: There are a lot of great slow instrumentals on the B side of rockabilly singles, and a lot of them sound like Martin Denny in a way, but weirder because it was just the band having fun-they figured no one would ever listen to them. That's a whole genre I never see any reissues of. And that is incredibly strange music, because it was all these hillbillies on speed!
IR: A lot of people who collect rockabilly think those B sides aren't any good. But it's a whole other world
LI: They sound like what a stripper would have stripped to in the 50s. It's considered schlock, but eventually even that will become something: a genre.
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