That time I asked Poison Ivy what inspired the Cramps’ “Bikini Girls with Machine Guns”

By Steve Newton Back in April of 1990 I did my first interview with Cramps guitarist Poison Ivy Rorschach, in advance of a show at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver. At the time the band was touring behind its new Stay Sick album, which she produced herself, and which included the song "Bikini Girls with Machine Guns", … Continue reading That time I asked Poison Ivy what inspired the Cramps’ “Bikini Girls with Machine Guns”

That time Poison Ivy of the Cramps told me that she liked violent-sounding guitar

By Steve Newton If you look up "badass female guitarist" in the dictionary, you might see a picture of Poison Ivy from the Cramps. Way before the "Me Too" movement was a thing, Poison Ivy was bringing female empowerment to rock 'n' roll big-time, churning out fierce rockabilly licks on a big orange Gretsch while … Continue reading That time Poison Ivy of the Cramps told me that she liked violent-sounding guitar