LIKE FREE HERE and various characters on The Addams Family, the Cramps came out of the grave this week and hit the charts. After a Wednesday episode of Netflix featured the band’s 1981 version of Ronnie Cook and the Gaylads’ 1962 single “Goo Goo Muck,” Billboard reports that the song had up to 134,000 daily streams as of Monday.
The Tim Burton show, which has been a huge hit since its November 23 premiere, follows the titular Addams daughter (played by Jenna Ortega) as she leaves home to attend Hogwarts-style Nevermore Academy , where He meets a large number of enemies. . . Although the school is populated by what the townspeople refer to as “outcasts”, Wednesday is in some ways the biggest exception of them all, which he shows to great effect during a school dance when he dominates the Cramps’ dance floor. “Thanks to Siouxsie Sioux, Bob Fosse’s Rich Man’s Frug, Lisa Loring, Lene Lovich, Denis Lavant and images of goths dancing in clubs in the 80s. Help me in this,” Ortega recently tweeted about the now iconic scene .
The song and dance is also taking off on TikTok, where users are trying to replicate Ortega’s moves.
The Cramps appeared, by proxy, on the cover of Rolling Stone in 2014 when cover star Lorde wore a band T-shirt. Formed in New York in 1976, The Cramps featured the theatrical punkabilly style of late frontman Lux Interior and his wife, guitarist Poison Ivy Rorschach. They only hit the charts with the 1990 single “Bikini Girls With Machine Guns,” but they’ve built a cult following with their throwback rock filled with images of horror and funky darkness. Well, it seems, they’ve found a new generation of goth boys to drag onto the dance floor. Stranger Things gave Kate Bush a delayed top-ten hit when the show featured “Running Up That Hill,” perhaps the Cramps aren’t far behind.