Kizmiaz

The Cramps, ‘A Date With Elvis’

1986, and I have just purchased the new album by the Cramps. As was often the case back then I would take the album to a friend’s house and stick it on the stereo, after which we would discuss its merits.

We get to the midway point of the album, track 6, entitled Kizmiaz, and my buddy’s mother walks in. The song, musically speaking, is a parody of early psychedelia, and The Cramps do it beautifully. His mother starts dancing, and after a few minutes starts singing along:

“Take a magic carpet to the olden days.
To a mythical land where everybody lays.
Around in the clouds in a happy daze in
Kizmiaz….
Kizmiaz.”

I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard in my life…

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