tell me things about The Cramps (RIP Lux Interior)

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thank goodness! btw new cover art for the record I got is by "Billy Hole"

Tracer Hand, Sunday, 5 May 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Smell of Female" is completely incredible - "Dance of the Wighat" if I remember correctly - the week it came out I drove out to the Palace in L.A. to see them - they were an incredibly great live act - saw them on a double bill with Nick Cave a year later but it was their "wilder" set, which the audience ate up but which didn't have the brutal discipline they'd had at the palace.

"Psychedelic Jungle" is worth getting, as is "Songs the Lord Taught Us." "A Date With Elvis" has a truly hideous cover. And "Gravest Hits" is beyond vital. "Human Fly"...O God they were great.

John Darnielle, Monday, 6 May 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I was at that Peppermint Lounge show! I've seen them live more than any band I can think of, outside of, uh, um, Redd Kross. Anyway, until Kid Congo Powers left the group, they were the best band in the world. Everything up till Psychedelic Jungle is essential. A few of the later songs are great ("Can Your Pussy Do the Dog", "Surfin' Dead", "What's Inside a Girl") , the lyrics and album covers are always smart and funny, and they're still wonderful live. Lux and Ivy are like royalty to me. I heard they just kicked out their most recent bass player, Tim Ferris (formerly of Celebrity Skin), which is a shame, because he was perfect for them.

Arthur, Monday, 6 May 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

.."no-hopers!" pa-jeeezus Tracer where have you been?

, Monday, 6 May 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Also gd: Tav Falco/Panther Burns (esp. the first alb.)

Andrew L, Monday, 6 May 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Bryan. Fucking. Gregory.

dave q, Monday, 6 May 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Amen to everything up through Psych. Jungle and B effin' G. I'm not so fond of their later albums, including Smell of Female (it just sounds so tame after you've heard the older stuff), but I was knocked back on my heels by a late-career (probably at least 10 years old at this point) live album called rockinandreelininaucklandnewzealand. Also, search The Cramps Live at Napa State Mental Hospital video.

Lee G, Monday, 6 May 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

bobkelly that was meant as the highest compliment.

the only story I have about the Cramps is that M***'s pot dealer, when she lived in Vegas, had a tradition of inviting them over for a turkey- free Thanksgiving dinner. I was shocked!

Tracer Hand, Monday, 6 May 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I want to mention "Flame Job", a terrific later LP, containing "Ultra Twist", a song that makes me go nuts every time I hear it. Yes, the Cramps are classic.

Sean, Monday, 6 May 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The Cramps good -- love the Cramps. Yup. Still never seen them live, unfortunately.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 6 May 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

There are no words to describe the debauched jungle voodoo frenzy that is a Cramps live show.

There's a certain kind of rock'n'roll party that for me is something very primal and vital... for me the Cramps tap into this energy and danger. I can't go there very often, but it's really like a kind of pagan ritual. I've gotta be transported; wild, half naked, drenched in beer and sweat, banging into people dancing my ass off... I was disappointed and depressed to see them a couple years ago at a San Francisco Halloween gig... the crowd was mostly bored hipsters just standing around.

I have a lot more to say about this... but for now I'll leave you with the words Jungle... Voodoo... Frenzy.

Sean, Monday, 6 May 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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

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

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

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

six years pass...

Bob Six, Wednesday, 4 February 2009 22:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

RIP Lux. :(

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


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

can anyone confirm this

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

seems to be true

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

WTF no :((((

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


this is horrible

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

oh man this is no good if true.

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

oh fuck.


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

WTF. This really sucks if true.

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

oh man that is sad : (

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


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

aww fuck it RIP :(

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

yeah I just got the official confirmation from the publicist


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

So fucking bummed.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Great clip (x-post)..

I've got a video of a German concert where someone throws water/beer (presumably) at Lux during "Dames,Booze, Chains and Boots", there's a bit of Lux-crowd interaction, and some tremendously fat guy takes advantage of the confusion to do a brief lap of honour across the stage before being dragged off - and it's still only the first song of the concert.

Bob Six, Sunday, 8 February 2009 16:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

Crap obit @ the Village Voice (read the comments too)

StanM, Sunday, 8 February 2009 17:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

aw the rollins thing was very nice and the story about the lil' rollins and minor threat boys being all scared to give lux his jeans back was very cute and sweet.

Yah Trick Ya Kid K (M@tt He1ges0n), Sunday, 8 February 2009 18:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

Lindsay Hutton, who used to run the Legions of the Cramped, has a good round-up of obits, and some cool early backstage snapshots, at his nextbigthing blog. Also news of a tribute event at Mono in Glasgow tonight, which sadly I can't get to.

Soukesian, Sunday, 8 February 2009 19:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

Crap obit @ the Village Voice
You're not kidding, it's a fucking mess.

Right now, the track "Can Your Pussy Do the Dog?" is the most popular Cramps ringtone on iTunes.

ringtones - wtf?

super shareaholic firefox add (onimo), Monday, 9 February 2009 12:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

I wanna leave a happy memory when I go
I wanna leave something to let the whole world know
That the rock 'n roll daddy has a done passed on
But my bones will keep a rockin' long after I've gone

Roll on
Rock on
Raw Bones
Well I still got all the rhythm in these Rockin' Bones

Well when I die don't you bury me at all
Just nail my bones up on the wall
Beneath these bones let these words be seen
"This is the bloody gears of a boppin' machine"

StanM, Monday, 9 February 2009 16:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

Wait, is the 15-year old story true?

OldHamSweat, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 04:10 (eight years ago) Permalink


dagmar at full power (contenderizer), Tuesday, 10 February 2009 04:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

What is that guitar effect used on "Don't Eat Stuff Off the Sidewalk"? Is it tremolo? I've been trying to get that sound for a while now but don't know much about guitar pedals.

Reatards Unite, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 17:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

Yep, tremelo.

StanM, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 18:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

Google cache of an interview with Poison Ivy about her sound & guitars & effects & stuff:

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

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

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

for real

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

three months pass...

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

"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 (eight 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 (eight years ago) Permalink

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

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

I posted the Purple Knif Show upthread, here it is again:

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

thanks so much!

Brio, Tuesday, 12 May 2009 19:47 (eight 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 (eight 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.

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

one 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 (eight 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 (eight years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

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 (five 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 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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

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

lol awesome

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

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

that lux/ivy pic is very royal trux.

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

circle of life

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

three months pass...

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

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

one 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:

(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 (three years 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 (three years ago) Permalink

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

So call in and find out what's up.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 1 February 2014 16:51 (three years ago) Permalink


flopson, Saturday, 1 February 2014 21:47 (three years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

I just heard "You Got Good Taste" in a beer commercial during the Stanley Cup finals. Get that money, Ivy.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 6 June 2017 01:42 (five months ago) Permalink

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