Over the years, Crampton has written songs, sung (backing vocals) and played guitar in punk or post-punk rock bands. She says "song-writing is a conceptual art—it's about paring an idea down to a kernel. Painting can be sort of lonely art but it's really fun to create with other people."
The Insufferables (San Francisco 2009-present)
Crampton is one of the song-writers for The Insufferables, an alternative rock band in San Francisco. They just recorded an album entitled "Argument Clinic" at Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco with producer Beau Sorenson, to be released in the April or May 2018. Previously they released two EP's Edge of Control and Fire Bad!. Members are: Keith McNamara, vocals, Gene Michal, lead guitar, Ram Fenster, bass and vocals, Kevin Anderson, on drums, and Crampton, rhythm guitar and vocals. Former members: artists Kathleen McNamara and Paula Clark, and drummers Melissa Kim and DK Palmgren.
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The Cramp-ons (San Francisco, 2014-present)
This is a tribute band to The Cramps, the great psychobilly band. Crampton plays rhythm guitar, wears a red wig and screams occasionally.
The Varve (San Francisco / Colorado 1979-1985)
An all-girl post-punk rock band started in Colorado with Sue Digby Penwarden from The Profalactics and Jo Ann Gogue Sieger from Denver's The Guys. The band featured Ann Brent on drums and Kelli Kozak on keyboards. After the band moved to San Francisco in 1980, drummer Kat Zumbach (The Urge, Baby Buddha) joined the band.
The band gigged around the bay area (Fab Mab, iBeam, Sound of Music, Tool & Die, Berkeley Square, Stone, Keystone, Barrington Hall, etc.), Los Angeles, Santa Cruz (Catalyst), Sacramento, and made a tour back to Colorado (Mercury, Boulder Theatre). Memorable gigs: an outdoor hot tub party above Fort Collins, a mental health facility near Denver, opening for Translator at the Stud (twice), opening for Flipper at the Roxie Theatre, a tour to LA and back to Colorado. They recorded two EPs, were featured on "Live at le Disque" and on the public TV station.
The Profalactics (Boulder, Colorado 1978-79)
Crampton was the founder of this was an early all-girl punk rock band that played around the Boulder/Denver area (Malfunction Junction, Not New Wave News benefit) as well as live on KGNU radio. They rehearsed in the University of Colorado student union and in a room under the football stadium. Crampton wrote songs, played rhythm guitar and sang backup.
The Teflon (Boulder, Colorado 1977?)
Crampton played bass in this three-person punk band that never played a live show. They rehearsed in the basement of Discount Records on the hill. Crampton later married guitarist Andrew Henderson.
The Insufferables, with original drummer Melissa Kim, after the show at Red Devil Lounge in San Francisco, Dec 2013. Photo by Beppe Sabatini. Visit The Insufferables on Facebook for more photos.
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