What seems to get targeted is the more easily identifiable things like metal, with its leather and studs and talk of Satan," she says. We're more primitive. They don't realize how subversive we really are. To know what we're singing about you have to have lived a little bit, so it's beyond some peoples' imaginations."

It's difficult, though, to figure how much imagination is needed to work out such Cramps classics as (Hot Pool of) Womanneed" and Can Your Pussy Do the Dog?" Newer titles like Bend Over, I'll Drive" are hardly monuments to subtlety, either.

But the Cramps continue to push their little novelty shop of horrors with no more interference than the occasional warning sticker from record stores. Ivy, of course, sees nothing seamy about the Cramps' method of expression. She refers to the band's sensual sensationalism with words like bacchanalian" and Dionysian," big words to help explain why someone likes to put a microphone down his pants. This is Ivy's way of saying that the Cramps are too proud to be prude.

So many musicians have problems going through with what they've started," she says. I've seen it with people we came up with. They just give up and do something else with their lives.

Others become self-destructive. But they've just bought into some straight person's idea of the rock 'n' roll myth-the formula that says rock 'n' roll somehow equals death. Believe me, it doesn't have to kill you. And it shouldn't wear you out. Music gives you life. To think of it any other way is to fall for a device that's meant to keep rock 'n' roll in its place. It's a form of repression. It's like thinking that you have to be punished for your sins. Obviously, we don't go for that."

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