tell me things about The Cramps (RIP Lux Interior)

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The most beautiful and scary-looking man in all of rock 'n' roll! Ever!

Arthur, Tuesday, 7 May 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

Sometimes I'm bored silly by their schtick, sometimes I'm left shellshocked and in ectasy. Still, "Songs the Lord Taught Us" is undeniable. Lux Interior is one of the great rock n roll names.

J Blount, Tuesday, 7 May 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

The Cramps on _Urgh A Music War_ = Best. Performance. Ever.

Chris Barrus, Tuesday, 7 May 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

Lux's first nom de rock was Vip Vop.

He and Ivy live in Glendale, CA on a hillside adjacent to Forest Lawn Cemetery, the one featured in The Loved One.

Arthur, Tuesday, 7 May 2002 00:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

6 years pass...

RIP Lux. :(

ian, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 22:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

WAHHTT OMG NO

Courtney Love's Jew Loan Officer (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 22:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

can anyone confirm this

Courtney Love's Jew Loan Officer (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 22:37 (5 years ago) Permalink

http://www.thedailyswarm.com/headlines/cramps-lux-interior-rip/

seems to be true

Bob Six, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 22:37 (5 years ago) Permalink

WTF no :((((

unaustralian (jabba hands), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 22:38 (5 years ago) Permalink

fuck

this is horrible

Courtney Love's Jew Loan Officer (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 22:39 (5 years ago) Permalink

neither one of those has any actual confirmation. i'm going to hope they're wrong until proven otherwise.

paper plans (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 22:40 (5 years ago) Permalink

I will be crushed if this is true. one of my favorite bands ever.

Courtney Love's Jew Loan Officer (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 22:40 (5 years ago) Permalink

oh man this is no good if true.

born of nililism and iconoclasm (John Justen), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 22:46 (5 years ago) Permalink

oh fuck.

RIP.

goole, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 23:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

geez, i hope hope hope it ain't so. (wouldn't be the 1st time i've been taken in by bogus lux RIP rumor)

Calling All Creeps! (contenderizer), Wednesday, 4 February 2009 23:01 (5 years ago) Permalink

i'm hoping it isn't true - and clinging to the idea that normally there are wikipedia updates on this kind of thing in a flash and there's no sigh as yet

Bob Six, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 23:14 (5 years ago) Permalink

Oh uh - DailySwarm link updated with:

UPDATE: This news is, sadly, true. Please be patient; we will pass on more information soon.

Bob Six, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 23:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

WTF. This really sucks if true.

Jazzbo, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 23:56 (5 years ago) Permalink

So far, the Limewire blog is the only thing coming up in a Google news search.

Jazzbo, Thursday, 5 February 2009 00:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

oh man that is sad : (

crackers is biters (M@tt He1ges0n), Thursday, 5 February 2009 00:18 (5 years ago) Permalink

Talked with someone who knows their publicists. It's true. :( :( :(

Going home to drink cheap beer and watch their clip on Urgh A Music War.

Chris Barrus (Elvis Telecom), Thursday, 5 February 2009 00:21 (5 years ago) Permalink

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Courtney Love's Jew Loan Officer (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 5 February 2009 00:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

DailySwarm now has something that looks like it could be official:

The Official Statement (from Girlie Action, The Cramps’ media representatives):

For Immediate Release:
February 4, 2009

Lux Interior, lead singer of The Cramps, passed away this morning due to an existing heart condition at Glendale Memorial Hospital in Glendale, California at 4:30 AM PST today. Lux has been an inspiration and influence to millions of artists and fans around the world. He and wife Poison Ivy’s contributions with The Cramps have had an immeasurable impact on modern music.

The Cramps emerged from the original New York punk scene of CBGB and Max’s Kansas City, with a singular sound and iconography. Their distinct take on rockabilly and surf along with their midnight movie imagery reminded us all just how exciting, dangerous, vital and sexy rock and roll should be and has spawned entire subcultures. 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 family requests that you respect their privacy during this difficult time.

Bob Six, Thursday, 5 February 2009 00:24 (5 years ago) Permalink

aww fuck it RIP :(

unaustralian (jabba hands), Thursday, 5 February 2009 00:29 (5 years ago) Permalink

aw man. r.i.p. lux. dammit, i never saw them. i had a good chance like 18 years ago and passed it up.

paper plans (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 5 February 2009 00:30 (5 years ago) Permalink

yeah I just got the official confirmation from the publicist

fuck

Courtney Love's Jew Loan Officer (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 5 February 2009 00:31 (5 years ago) Permalink

they were AMAZING live. one of the best live bands ever

Courtney Love's Jew Loan Officer (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 5 February 2009 00:31 (5 years ago) Permalink

I saw them play in London in 1986 - 22 and a half years ago - and its still vibrant in my mind.

Bob Six, Thursday, 5 February 2009 00:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

Even if no other good musicians die for the rest of the year 2009 is still going to have been a fucking bitch for this sort of thing

Peter Andre Test Tube Babies (DJ Mencap), Thursday, 5 February 2009 00:43 (5 years ago) Permalink

So fucking bummed.

Ozman Bin Laden (Raw Patrick), Thursday, 5 February 2009 00:48 (5 years ago) Permalink

i would not have guessed he was closin in on 60 ...so goooooooooooooooooooddd....so wrong...i will sorely miss u luxxxxy...u were a great inspiration to me..even tho i canty play surfgoth i loved so much cramps..it hurts///oooo eeee oowww wahhhhh

danbunny, Thursday, 5 February 2009 00:55 (5 years ago) Permalink

I was thinking today that "Smell of Female" IS a really great title. maybe one day I'll actually listen to the band, also

Ivan, Thursday, 5 February 2009 00:56 (5 years ago) Permalink

this fucking sucks. rest ye well in rock god heaven, Lux.

sleeve, Thursday, 5 February 2009 00:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

sleeve, Thursday, 5 February 2009 00:59 (5 years ago) Permalink

:(

resident advice whore (haitch), Thursday, 5 February 2009 01:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

when people use that whole "sounds like music from another planet" trope, the first thing i think of is Bad Music For Bad People, which really did completely mindfuck me the first time i heard it. RIP you awesome weird dude.

born of nililism and iconoclasm (John Justen), Thursday, 5 February 2009 01:01 (5 years ago) Permalink

one of my fondest adolescent purchases was a yellow-vinyl 7" of "i ain't nuthin but a gorehound" b/w "weekend on mars".

paper plans (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 5 February 2009 01:07 (5 years ago) Permalink

I saw him get blown by 15-year old girl once. Even still, R.I.P.

NewBeefLover, Thursday, 5 February 2009 01:17 (5 years ago) Permalink

I was all like-"Isn't dude married"?

NewBeefLover, Thursday, 5 February 2009 01:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

Shit, didn't mean to quell the ass-kiss fest. Just sayin'.

NewBeefLover, Thursday, 5 February 2009 01:29 (5 years ago) Permalink

hell, i would have blown him when i was 15. he was hottt. and a rock god.

i will see you in heaven/hell luxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx!!!!!!!!!!!!!

scott seward, Thursday, 5 February 2009 01:37 (5 years ago) Permalink

He was definitely enjoying it. Still,that's some reverse NAMBLA shit.

NewBeefLover, Thursday, 5 February 2009 01:39 (5 years ago) Permalink

Shut up.

sleeve, Thursday, 5 February 2009 01:46 (5 years ago) Permalink

Haha. Yeah buddy sure. Anything for you.

NewBeefLover, Thursday, 5 February 2009 01:51 (5 years ago) Permalink

But like I was saying...Lux was getting sucked hardcore by an underage gal. Shoulda seen his face. Ecstasy.

NewBeefLover, Thursday, 5 February 2009 01:52 (5 years ago) Permalink

man i love the "ban from thread" button.

born of nililism and iconoclasm (John Justen), Thursday, 5 February 2009 01:54 (5 years ago) Permalink

I liked some of their songs. That Tear It Up video is funny for its use of crowd shots. Beyond that, I guess this is one you leave to the oldies: kitsch-shock-Elvis never meant shit to me. But the more retro-shock perversion, the better, I guess. I'm just wary of having to pay homage over the next 10 years to all the class of 78-85. We did the 60s rock-legacy things in the 90s, and this is no more fun.

paulhw, Thursday, 5 February 2009 01:54 (5 years ago) Permalink

haha I just asked esoj to ban from thread, thanks JJ.

sleeve, Thursday, 5 February 2009 01:55 (5 years ago) Permalink

this is such such such a bummer.

s1ocki, Thursday, 5 February 2009 01:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

Google cache of an interview with Poison Ivy about her sound & guitars & effects & stuff: http://74.125.77.132/search?q=cache:33PGD5laMwwJ:www.geocities.com/jackyardbackoff/ivyguitarinterview.html

StanM, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 18:32 (5 years ago) Permalink

Cool! Now I should do some research about how Brian Gregory got that gnarly wall of distortion that I love so much.

sleeve, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 19:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

Yep, that Voodoo Lab Tremolo has just the sound I want. Are there any pedals out there that are a better value or is that near the top of the list? I'm totally guitarded when it comes to equipment and brands.

Reatards Unite, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 21:29 (5 years ago) Permalink

stirmonster: big up for playing New Kind of Kick near the end on sat night, it was a special moment

unaustralian (jabba hands), Tuesday, 10 February 2009 23:53 (5 years ago) Permalink

god that village voice obit is the worst fucking thing i've read

bleh (latebloomer), Wednesday, 11 February 2009 00:37 (5 years ago) Permalink

for real

Courtney Love's Jew Loan Officer (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 11 February 2009 00:41 (5 years ago) Permalink

isn't that just some voice writer's blog post, though? not that it matters; inexcusable no matter what.

get drunk and do legos (contenderizer), Wednesday, 11 February 2009 00:51 (5 years ago) Permalink

it was a special moment

bemused 19 out of 20 people around me! great close though.

I Was A Taoist Intellectual (sic), Wednesday, 11 February 2009 01:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

Do people know that there are eleven volumes of Lux and Ivy's Favorites here?:

http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2009/02/lux-and-ivys-favorites-mp3s.html

"It started as a way to keep track of some of the songs Lux, and or Ivy, mentioned in THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE MUSIC BOOK...As the years went buy, more interviews with Lux and Ivy kept popping up, and the list of songs they mentioned got longer and longer. This resulted in new volumes."

Um, yummy!!!

Kevin John Bozelka, Tuesday, 12 May 2009 16:51 (5 years ago) Permalink

Just DL'd one of these at random, and five songs in it is ruling SO HARD! Thanks much for the link!

Such A Hilbily (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 12 May 2009 18:26 (5 years ago) Permalink

WoW. That's friggin' unreal. Thanks for posting.

everything, Tuesday, 12 May 2009 18:28 (5 years ago) Permalink

Thanks! I need to find the Purple Knif Show again too, haven't heard that in years.

Brio, Tuesday, 12 May 2009 19:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

I posted the Purple Knif Show upthread, here it is again: http://salmagundisyncopation.blogspot.com/2009/01/purple-knif-show.html

dad a, Tuesday, 12 May 2009 19:28 (5 years ago) Permalink

thanks so much!

Brio, Tuesday, 12 May 2009 19:47 (5 years ago) Permalink

Soooo many gems already. "When My Pimples Turned To Dimples" came up on random and I ran to the computer to find out who the hell would sing something so goofy. Ginny Arnell maybe? Nope. Mad Magazine! Who knew they could ape girl group at its goofiest so well?

And I've never heard The Swamp Rats' lethal "Louie Louie" before. Ouch!

Kevin John Bozelka, Tuesday, 12 May 2009 20:42 (5 years ago) Permalink

Miriam Linna blogs about the beginning days of the Cramps when she was the drummer, and about even before that when she was in Oho and stuff and getting ready to move to NYC.

http://www.kicksville66.blogspot.com/

curmudgeon, Sunday, 24 May 2009 18:26 (5 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Been playing the heck out of those WFMU downloads Kevin mentioned a few posts back. Might actually be the best way to tell somebody 'Look this is what the best of rock and soul from the fifties to the seventies *really* sounded like.'

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 11 July 2009 21:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

absolutely. it's been my little oasis of awesomeness during what has been a really bummer couple of weeks at work

^prizes the praise of the media, and the Europeans (will), Sunday, 12 July 2009 01:59 (5 years ago) Permalink

2 years pass...

The Uncanny Frankie Valley (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 00:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ooh! Eeh ! Ahh! I was on a huge Cramps youtube exploration a few months ago, but this is one I hadn't seen, thanks!

Dan Peterson, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 18:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

You sent me on a search for Bryan Gregory clips--as falling-apart as it is, this one's amazing (w/Alex Chilton, too):

clemenza, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 19:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

this is one I hadn't seen, thanks!

full disclosure: link courtesy of Kind Congo Powers' twitterfeed

The Uncanny Frankie Valley (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 19:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

Lux & Ivy, 1972

we are not bemused (onimo), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 19:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

YES! Someone posted this photo on facebook a couple months ago, but when I went looking for it I couldn't find it. Thanks for doing the hard work, onimo!

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 19:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

Man, so cool. That clip right above it to. Thanks, I needed that.

grandavis, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 19:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol awesome

heavy is the head that eats the crayons (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 19:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

kid congo powers is often working at the record store i frequent. he's really nice!

Mad God 40/40 (Z S), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 19:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

frogsclovetofu (beachville), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 19:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

In 1979, at Toronto's Edge club, Lux drank water from my shoe. It's true--took a while, but I think that's what eventually killed him.

clemenza, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 19:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

that lux/ivy pic is very royal trux.

tits or kitfo (get bent), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 19:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

circle of life

THE KITTEN TYPE (contenderizer), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 19:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

The WFMU "Lux & Ivy's Favorites" comps that Kevin John Bozelka linked to upthread have provided a huge chunk of my listening over the past two years. I seriously cannot recommend them highly enough. L&I were always supremely knowledgeable about the obscurities they covered and the riffs they borrowed to create their own songs. This one was a revelation:

Advanced Uncle Meat recovery system (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

Never watched this show, but I know kids love it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvI64lIaQDc

clemenza, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 01:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

Was going to post the RS cover here, but I see it's already on the Lorde thread. Anyway, there's a piece that goes with it:

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/lordes-cramps-shirt-punkabilly-heroes-are-accidental-rs-cover-stars-20140115

(Can't remember if they were reviewed in RS at the time--my guess would be that Psychedelic Jungle was, but nothing earlier. It was the Creem review of Songs that first got me onto them (Robot A. Hull or J. Kordosh, I think).

clemenza, Saturday, 1 February 2014 02:13 (9 months ago) Permalink

I liked Robot A. Hull's writing.

I wonder what Ivy is doing these days. Kid Congo lives in DC and plays in a band and djs around time once in awhile

curmudgeon, Saturday, 1 February 2014 16:24 (9 months ago) Permalink

Kid Congo's actually going to be on Chaki's radio show tomorrow!

http://radiovalencia.fm/illogicalcontraption/

So call in and find out what's up.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 1 February 2014 16:51 (9 months ago) Permalink

awesome

flopson, Saturday, 1 February 2014 21:47 (9 months ago) Permalink


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