My most favorite Cramps CD is undoubtedly 1986's "A Date with Elvis." Thanks to Poison Ivy's raw, slithering guitar rhythms and throbbing bass, a majority of this album's tracks are much more heavily inspired by 1960's surf pop than those of any other record that followed. In the midst of the crashing waves, sandcastles and tanned bikini girls, Lux Interior belts out playful narrative lyrics that juxtapose catchy chorus hooks with tongue-in-cheek sexual fantasies. And of course "A Date with Elvis" has plenty of cult classics. In both "People Ain't No Good" and "What's Inside a Girl," Lux vocally impersonates the late King of Rock & Roll, shimmering his hips in rhinestone bell-bottoms. "Kizmiaz" (one of the few duets between Lux and Ivy) beautifully paints a picture of the ultimate dream vacation, all the while repeating a chorus with its cute and naughty pun. "Cornfed Dames" perfectly provides the setting of life on the farm, with Lux milking cows and riding a tractor. He may as well have performed this track while hosting a square dance contest! Also note how this song's sleazy lyrics envision a group of buxom blondes scantily clad in barnyard plaid! "Chicken," another silly hillbilly track, features Ivy plucking her guiter strings, unleashing the feverish clucking sounds of a hen! I could continue on with my comments on "A Date with Elvis" but in that case, I would have to start another long paragraph! All I can say in the end is that this 1986 effort marks the Cramps reaching their height of rock creativity, as well as 1989's "Stay Sick!"