Lux Interior died: The Cramps

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The Cramps member Lux Interior died today February 4, 2009 over a heart condition at the age of 60. He died at the Glendale Memorial Hospital in Glendale, California. Interior birth name is Erick Lee Purkhiser according to the Rollingstone. The Cramps music was a mixture of punk rock and rockabilly and they were credited with the “psychobilly” musical style. They enter the music scene in the mid- 1970s and performed at New York punk clubs such as CBGB and Max’s Kansas City with famous artists like Television, the Ramones, Blondie and Patti Smith.

Nick Knox was recruited to be the band’s drummer in 1977 until 1991. The Cramps lyrics were about “American culture and often citing bad jokes, science fiction films and sexual fetishes” according to the Rollingstone. The Cramps were signed to I.R.S. Records in 1977 and had recorded singles with Alex Chilton. The Cramps were famous for their stage performances. They often played for free at the California State Mental Hospital in 1978. The Cramps said this at the hospital they were playing “Somebody told me you people are crazy, but I’m not so sure about that. You seem to be all right to me.”

Kurt Loder wrote a review for the Cramps CDs Bad Music For Bad People and it said “This is rock & roll the way it never really was on the radio, but the way you always dreamed it could be — drooling horrorama lyrics, great cheesoid guitar riffs, postlobotomy drum-bashing and a singer for whom inhibition is the dirtiest ten-letter word of all. Slurp it up, sleaze fans.”

In 1979 The Cramps released classic hits like Songs the Lord Taught Us and 1981’s Psychedelic Jungle . The last album released was in 2003 called Fiends of Dope Island . These were statements released at this time, “Lux was a fearless frontman who transformed every stage he stepped on into a place of passion, abandon, and true freedom. He is a rare icon who will be missed dearly,” the statement reads. “The family requests that you respect their privacy during this difficult time” according to the Rollingstone.



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