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Meaning Behind The Cramps’ “Goo Goo Muck” Song

The Cramps released Goo Goo Muck as part of their 1981 album Psychedelic Jungle, and it’s one of the many great tracks from this punk band. If you’ve been wondering what the meaning behind The Cramps’ Goo Goo Muck song is, then read on as we tell you all about it. 

The Origins

The origins of Goo Goo Muck go back to 1962 when the track was originally released by Ronnie Cook And The Gaylads. This was the same year that Monster Mash by Bobby Picketts became a hit. The Cramps liked covering songs and adding their own spin to them, with Goo Goo Muck being one of several covers they would release through the years.

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History of The Cramps 

The Cramps formed in 1976, and it started with singer Lux Interior and guitar player Poison Ivy, who were married. Through the years, the lineup of the other members would change with Ivy and Lux being the only constant members. 

Their first album was Songs The Lord Taught Us, which was released in 1980. The Cramps were active until 2009, which is the year that Lux died, resulting in the band ceasing their music career. 

They would often perform cover songs of both rock and roll music and country music. They also played tracks that were from The All-American Nightmare and were known for taking songs they covered and turning them into a double meaning. 

When you look at the Psychedelic Jungle album, it has a lot of 50s and 60s rockabilly and rock-and-roll, which is why Goo Goo Muck became a track they were interested in.

The Music Video 

The Cramps - Goo Goo Muck (Official Audio)

Unfortunately, there is no official music video for Goo Goo Muck by The Cramps. When you go to their official YouTube channel, you will only have audio. 

That being said, people have been flocking to YouTube to watch the dance scene on Wednesday, which features Goo Goo Muck for that part of the show. 

So…What Does Goo Goo Muck Mean?

The Cramps took the original meaning of Goo Goo Muck and turned it on its head. For example, the Ronnie Cook original has Goo Goo Muck as a monster, and he would go out at night and look for someone to murder. 

The Cramps went a different direction, and instead of saying “looking for a head,” they say “looking for some head.” The band was known for making a lot of sexual references and innuendos in their songs by changing lyrics to reflect sexual activities. 

In the original, a killer in the night is the topic while in The Cramps version, it’s a teenager interested more in ejaculating more than they are killing. So, in the original Ronnie Cook version, Goo Goo Muck is a monster but in The Cramps version, he is ejaculating. 

Lyrics

When you look at the lyrics of Good Goo Muck by The Cramps, it’s obvious to see that this song is about a teenager who is out cruising the streets, looking to find a girl and be intimate with her. For example, the lyrics “Yeah, I cruise through the city and I roam the street, Looking for something that is nice to eat” and then the lyrics “Well, I’ll get you baby with a little luck.” 

The band takes the original version, which is about a monster, and keeps some of the words but spins it into a double entendre to speak of sex. “I’m a teenage tiger looking for a feast” gives you that image of a guy just out on the prowl looking for a woman he can take home. 

Use In Television

Goo Goo Muck is featured in the Netflix series Wednesday. You can find the song in season 1 episode 4. This track has also been used in the television show Reprisal, specifically season 1 episode 1. 

Billboard Chart 

Goo Goo Muck peaked at number three on the Rock Digital Song Sales and stayed on the chart for eight weeks. It also went to 25 on the Digital Song Sales chart and was on this chart for six weeks. 

On the Alternative Digital Song Sales chart, it peaked at number one for six weeks and spent a total of eight weeks on the chart. Sadly, the track never made it to the Billboard Hot 100 or any of the other similar charts. 

Musicians Influenced By The Cramps

Throughout the years, several top bands have cited The Cramps as an influence on their style. Some of them heavily influenced by the band include:

  • The White Stripes
  • The Black Keys
  • My Bloody Valentine
  • Southern Culture On The Skids
  • The Nomads
  • Faith No More
  • 45 Grave 
  • The Sisters Of Mercy

The Cramps have a unique music style that has been described as rockabilly, psychobilly, garage rock, garage punk, surf, horror punk, and punk rock. When you look at the above artists, most of them would also fall into similar music categories. 

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