Author: Don Waller

Big Star

Big Star

Thirty-five years ago today, the Cramps released their first album, “Songs the Lord Taught Us.” Yes, it was April 1, but it was no joke. The album was, and still is, a classic slab of “psychobilly,” a term the Cramps themselves coined to describe their wild style. Before the record’s release, the Cramps visited a friend in Los Angeles and brought along the album’s producer, Alex Chilton. Don Waller was there, and this is what he remembers … . (Photo of Lux Interior by Donna Santisi.)

Live and Re-Licked

Live and Re-Licked

Does James Williamson sing in the shower? Don Waller talks to the Stooges guitarist/songwriter on the eve of a rare live L.A. performance of his solo album “Re-Licked,” with guests including Alison Mosshart and Jello Biafra. We also find out why he’s OK with modifying some old lyrics … and what’s always in his refrigerator.

A Minute to Pray, a Second to Buy Tickets

A Minute to Pray, a Second to Buy Tickets

Starting this week, the 1981 lineup of the Flesh Eaters is taking their classic album on the road for a brief West Coast tour. Don Waller talks to bandleader Chris D. about the spiritual struggle that shaped the voodoo-flavored record.