Teenage Werewolves give The Cramps to Brighton


“Teenage Werewolves”, your cure for The Cramps are the world’s best Cramps tribute. Brighton got a spectacle of the highest order!

The Green Door Store, Brighton. 23rd August 2021

Teenage Werewolves – “STaY SiCK Tour” – Support: She’s in Bauhaus

The entertainment tonight was powered and provided by Jack Atlantis and his band. Chatting to him before the set it was great to hear that LA accent and capture some of that wonderful pre gig atmosphere.

Ok, this is where it gets tricky dear reader. This is where one could easily get confused. Two bands – but, save for a change of stage attire, they are the same band as we had just seen in She’s In Bauhaus! One band, Bauhaus, fairly cool and collected, the next band, The Cramps, known for their exuberant riot of a performance. Can they pull this off?

Kitten de Ville:

Before the main event, the stage was graced by Kitten de Ville. What a great way to build up the atmosphere and anticipation for what was to come. Also from LA, Kitten de Ville, is credited as one of the originators of the “Modern Burlesque movement”. She regularly performs across the US, UK, & the EU. She has worked with David LaChapelle,  Jean-Paul Gaultier, The Cramps and Rob Zombie. We were in fine company tonight! Kitten delivered a mesmerizing, sexy burlesque routine.

Teenage Werewolves – The Band

Teenage Werewolves: Photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Teenage Werewolves: Photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex – Jack – voice

Jack – voice, Jess on guitar, Billy on Guitar, Chris on Drums and Harrison on bass guitar. The band now dressed in accurate Cramps garb!

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They looked so different from how we had seen them just a short while ago! They just totally looked on point and authentically looked the part. Great job, the attention to detail was staggering! This is a class act.

Teenage Werewolves

Teenage Werewolves: Photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Teenage Werewolves: Photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

From the get go, let me 100% confirm, this is no ordinary tribute band! The band took to the stage, settled in, plugged in for Human Fly. Jack (LUX INTERIOR) leapt onto the stage, with a huge grin and microphone in hand. Dressed in a tight red latex outfit and, again, another huge set of sunglasses. He just exploded out in front of us. Talk about making an entrance, this is how to do it! I do not think any of us in the crowd fully realised what we were about to experience!

Teenage Werewolves: Photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Teenage Werewolves: Photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

The Set:

Thanks to Gary from Mutant Movement Productions. I doubt that I could have kept up with the listing of the songs played tonight. I was able to take a few photos and enjoy the performance. Thank you Gary!

No one managed to equal the Cramps stylistically, they were in a different league to anyone or anything else out there at the time. Jack and the band hit that sweet spot with new outfits and hairstyles! Extraordinary how these guys morphed from one band into another. Human Fly and Most Exalted proved within minutes how damn close to the real deal The Teenage Werewolves are.

Teenage Werewolves: Photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Teenage Werewolves: Photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Lux and the Cramps were serious about rockabilly, horror, foot fetishes, sci-fi B-movies and 50s kitsch. They were all about keeping it pure, raw and minimal. The Teenage Werewolves, incidentally named after a Cramps song, ticked all of those boxes. Teenage Werewolves was in the set and Jack and his band set to work, raising the bar. It got loud, messy, hot and bloody good down right fun, sexy fun. This was truly an awesome gig, sorry not quite the right word, this was a spectacle of the highest order!

Lux Interior and Poison Ivy clung to that buzzsaw, rough sound and never diluted it. Jack and the band matched it perfectly with a thumping great bass line running through the set, and some great drum playing. What a fine racket!

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Just like those vintage Meyer movies, hammer horror and B-movie flicks, the Teenage Werewolves opened up their Cramps’ treasure chest to incorporate those themes as Kitten de Ville was back on stage with Moana Santana. These gals gave us the lot, the looks, the drumming, and raunchiness. Lots of costume changes, toy guns and a face full of attitude and smouldering goodness. These two were breath-taking and 100% took part in the chaos being unleashed before our very eyes!

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More Cramps goodness fired out Pussy Do The Dog and You’ve Got Good Taste, naming a couple more. There are some great stories of Lux battering his way through stage floors, eating light bulbs and causing general disarray across the world, which is kind of what you would want from an actual Cramps gig. We were not disappointed. We got it all tonight from Teenage Werewolves, ok no light bulbs were harmed, but Jack racked his chest with his nails raising large welts and he did give the stage a good pounding with his fists.

Teenage Werewolves: Photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Teenage Werewolves: Photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

This event was coming to a close and Jack vanished, and one by one the band walked off! What the hell was going on? Leaving only Chris behind on drums, a nice solo, when he dropped his sticks and walked off!A beautifully executed ending leaving everyone looking at each other. Was that it?

Teenage Werewolves: Photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Teenage Werewolves: Photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

We had it all tonight, seriously! Kitten and Jack “fighting” for the mic, Kitten singing, and when Jack tumbled over a monitor – it all just came together to provide a night I will never forget, along with the crowd.

Teenage Werewolves: Photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Teenage Werewolves: Photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

The crowd erupted and soon the band and dancers were back. Kitten placed the black cloak on Jacks shoulders for the finale. What was left? We got two smack in the face heart stopping belting numbers, Bikini Girls with Machine Guns and, yes!! Tear it up to close.

Teenage Werewolves: Photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Teenage Werewolves: Photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

What a damn great night that was. Bang for buck you will not get a better experience than a night out with these guys. The level and intensity spread across two bands for over two hours was simply sensational. It was sexy, burlesque, rock and roll, rockabilly and entertainment at its very best. Did Teenage Werewolves carry it off? Oh yes, and then some!

Teenage Werewolves: Photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Teenage Werewolves: Photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

FULL SET LIST:

01. Human Fly, 02. Most Exalted Potentate of Love, 03. Garbageman, 04. Teenage Warewolves, 05. The Way I Walk, 06. Goo Goo Muck, 07. Creature Black Leather Lagoon, 08. Colour Me Black, 09. Like a Bad Girl Should, 10. Ultra Twist, 11. Crusher, 12. Dug Train, 13. New Kind of Trick, 14. Pussy Do the Dog, 15. You’ve Got Good Taste, 16. She Said and two more tracks served up for our delectation as an encore were 17. Bikini Girls With Machine Guns, and finally 18. Tear It Up

And Finally:

Many people saw The Cramps, and a load of us didnt. Teenage Werewolves bring Lux and The Cramps back to life. Seriously I cant commend or recommend these guys highly enough! JUST GO SEE ‘EM!

“Teenage Werewolves”, your cure for The Cramps are the world’s best Cramps tribute – that is without doubt!

Catch our exclusive look at the She’s In Bauhaus review.

Teenage Werewolves are on the web here and they have a great Facebook page here. Keep in touch and do not miss them when they return!

Thanks to Gary and the Mutant Movement Productions team. You were awesome.

 

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