- The Cramps: Lux Interior (vocals); Poison Ivy (Ivy Rorschach) (guitar); Slim Chance (bass); Harry Drumdini (drums).
- Recorded at Earle's Psychedelic Shack, Thousands Oaks, California.
- America's--nay, the world's--greatest exponents of trashcan psycho-rockabilly return to business as usual here, albeit with a big new instrumental sound courtesy of Beach Boys engineer Earle Mankey. This doesn't translate into slickness, however; Lux Interior's over the top faux-Elvis vocals and Poison Ivy's mangled guitar stylings are merely reproduced with more in-your-face clarity.
- Songwise, FLAMEJOB is double entendre heaven ("You kissed my hand my love began to expand"), except when the band opts for directness ("Let's Get Fucked Up," a Cramps manifesto of sorts). Elsewhere, they appropriate the guitar riff from "Shakin' All Over" in "I'm Customized," and conclude with a sepulchral rendition of "Route 66" that splits the difference of the Rolling Stones' and Depche Mode's versions. Great stuff.
Entertainment Weekly (10/14/94, p.61) - "...The brand new FLAMEJOB shows they haven't lost a step..." - Rating: B
Uncut (2/04, pp.86-7) - 3 stars out of 5 - "FLAMEJOB is a blast; its tunes every bit as colourful as their preposterous titles."
Alternative Press (12/94, p.78) - "...the Cramps themselves are an American icon, a repository for all the spiteful dreams and sick-minded fantasies you've ever kept in your cupboard, and every new album is your chance to spread them out on the carpet to drool..."
NME (Magazine) (10/15/94, p.54) - 8 - Excellent - "...it's immediately obvious that the centuries have not mellowed Lux and Ivy; it's still the same cathode ray mutated swampabilly unleashed on their GRAVEST HITS [EP] debut in the late '70s..."