Friday, February 6, 2009
RIP Lux Interior
Cramps founder dies
Lux Interior (October 21, 1946 – February 4, 2009), the frontman of "psychobilly" pioneers the Cramps, died Wednesday in Glendale, Calif. The cause of death, according to a statement released by his publicist, was a pre-existing heart condition.
Lux, aka Erick Purkhiser and his wife Poison Ivy (born Kristy Wallace) met in 1972 and formed the Cramps soon after.
Though they came out of the '70s New York punk scene, the Cramps had little in common with Television and Talking Heads. Instead, they took their cues from '50s rockabilly, inventing a truly demented sound that fused familiar parts into something totally new.
Their best albums were eerie, mysterious affairs—thrilling and a little bit scary.