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RIP Erick Lee Purkhiser

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    Cramps singer Lux Interior dies at 60

    Lux Interior, front man for the groundbreaking punk band The Cramps, died today in a Glendale, Calif., hospital due to complications from a pre-existing heart condition, according to a news release issued by the band's publicist. There are conflicting reports about the singer's real age but lists it as 60.

    Lux Interior, born Erick Lee Purkhiser, formed The Cramps in 1972 after meeting Kristy Wallace in Sacramento. The two, who lived in Midtown, shared a love for surf rock, rockabilly, B-movies and other bits of so-called "trash culture."

    Interior took his name from an old car commercial, and Wallace, who changed her name to Poison Ivy, attributed her new music moniker to a vision she received in a dream. The couple dubbed its music as "pyschobilly" - taking the term from an old Johnny Cash tune.

    The Cramps moved to Ohio in 1973 and, in 1976, migrated to downtown Manhattan where they joined a burgeoning punk scene populated by the likes of the Ramones, Blondie and Television.

    The band's 30-plus years on the punk scene spawned 14 albums, a seemingly endless tour schedule and an indelible influence on artists such as the Black Lips, the Reverend Horton Heat and Sacramento's own (now-defunct) Groovie Ghoulies.
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    Bad Music for Bad People; will be missed.
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    • #3
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      • #4
        This is terrible news. I aw The Cramps several times - though not for many years now - and they embodied the true, original and authentic spirit of rock and roll. Wonderful entertainment, superb showmanship and - good musicianship despite the innate primitivism of their ouevre.

        We will not see the like of Lux again. First Ron Asheton of The Stooges, now this !
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        • #5
          I'll have to get my copy of, 'Off The Bone', out for an airing.

          The World would be a little bit gloomier, without the grungy bonkers 'psychobilly' style of 'The Cramps'.

          He'll be missed.


          • #6
            I wasn't a great fan, but they meant a lot as ikons, especially to Mike and Dave at Savoy in whose banned comics they often featured, an inspiration for Meng and Ecker.

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            • #7
              Great shame; an absolutely brilliant band.


              • #8
                I don't think I've ever seen anyone swallow a mic like Lux, he'll be sadly missed.
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