tell me things about The Cramps (RIP Lux Interior)

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shut up.

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

Haha. Yeah buddy sure. Anything for you.

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

man i love the "ban from thread" button.

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

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

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

this is such such such a bummer.

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

We did the 60s rock-legacy things in the 90s, and this is no more fun.

you'll get to pay homage to yr own heroes, give it time.

paper plans (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 5 February 2009 01:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

gonna crank this shit forthwith

goole, Thursday, 5 February 2009 01:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

good quote from Kurt/Yukki of The Repellents, Bullet Lavolta, Kustomized, etc:

He basically embodied everything Great about Rock & Roll: Amazing influences, taste, sense of humor, reverence, irreverence, strength, madness, mysticism, sexuality, wild abandon, excess, living after hours, horror, psychedelia, rockabilly, garage...I am truly a Child of The Cramps.

sleeve, Thursday, 5 February 2009 02:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

x-post. Yeah, sorry if that came across dickish. I guess since the '02 Strummer thing, I'm just saddened by how young some of these people are dying. Anyway, I'll lend this thread back to those who know the music 100000x better than I do.

paulhw, Thursday, 5 February 2009 02:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

I could have sworn the last time he played Chicago he got in trouble for biting someone.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 5 February 2009 02:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

Late to this but -- a damn shame. Another one I should have caught live at some point before it was too late. RIP.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 5 February 2009 03:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

Rest in peace, Lux.

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Thursday, 5 February 2009 03:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

RIP Lux. Glad I got to see you live, WOW.

WmC, Thursday, 5 February 2009 03:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

I repeat...

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

― Arthur, Tuesday, 7 May 2002 00:00 (6 years ago)

Also a lovely person. I'm so sad. Poor Ivy.

Arthur, Thursday, 5 February 2009 03:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

some friends of mine went to see them at the Jockey Club in Ohio back in 1986 and the club RAN OUT OF BEER halfway through their set.

sleeve, Thursday, 5 February 2009 03:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah woah. so bummed i never saw them. he and ivy were such a valuable resource at the time for turning people onto stuff - playing charlie jackson on the radio, digging up wild old doo wop etc. i love the cramps covers, like on how to make a monster. hearing him sing i can't hardly stand it, he actually sounds like he looks.

schlump, Thursday, 5 February 2009 04:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

This is terrible. The Cramps show I saw at the Warner Theater in DC in '79 was amazing as were some later gigs I saw. Ian M. and Guy from Fugazi and countless others in the DC scene were all so blown away by their live show. They also did gigs with DC rockabilly cats Tex Rubinowitz and the Bad Boys that impressed some other folks who might not have been considered their prime audience.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 5 February 2009 04:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

from the mtv news obit by James Montgomery and Jem Aswad

Born Erick Lee Purkhiser, Interior started the Cramps in 1972 with guitarist Poison Ivy (born Kristy Wallace, later his wife) — whom, as legend has it, he picked up as a hitchhiker in California. By 1975, they had moved to New York, where they became an integral part of the burgeoning punk scene surrounding CBGBs.

Their music differed from most of the scene's other acts in that it was heavily steeped in camp, with Interior's lyrics frequently drawing from schlocky B-movies, sexual kink and deceptively clever puns. (J.H. Sasfy's liner notes to their debut EP memorably noted: "The Cramps don't pummel and you won't pogo. They ooze; you'll throb.") Sonically, the band drew from blues and rockabilly, and a key element of their sound was the trashy, dueling guitars of Poison Ivy and Bryan Gregory (and later Kid Congo Powers), played with maximal scuzz and minimal drumming.

Because of that — not to mention Interior's deranged, Iggy Pop-inspired onstage antics and deep, sexualized singing voice (which one reviewer described as "the psychosexual werewolf/ Elvis hybrid from hell") — the Cramps are often cited as pioneers of "psychobilly" and "horror rock," and can count bands like the Black Lips, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, the Reverend Horton Heat, the Horrors and even the White Stripes as their musical progeny.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 5 February 2009 04:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

Everyone's already said it on this thread, but the Cramps were a band who transcended genre simply by opening so many doors. They were my first introduction to a lot of rockabilly, rare r&b etc. And they made everything their own, and in doing so let you know that if you wanted to check out the original, it would probably blow your little teenage mind.

The real fucking shit, the Cramps. Their original drummer, M1r1am, lives in my neighborhood, and I see her walking the dog sometimes. I know she left the band early on, but I can imagine how devasted someone who knew the man closely must be. If we casual fans can be so touched and upset, god only knows what magic the man wrought on his close friends. Not to over-romanticize what was undoubtedly a complicated and often painful life, but you know...

ian, Thursday, 5 February 2009 04:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

They did a lot of great covers -- great songs, great versions -- but originals like "What's Behind the Mask" and "Mystery Plane" deserve a lot of praise, too.

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Thursday, 5 February 2009 07:28 (eight years ago) Permalink


blunt, Thursday, 5 February 2009 07:33 (eight years ago) Permalink

Oh man. Another hero gone :-(


StanM, Thursday, 5 February 2009 07:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

Ah, jeez fuck shit.

What a fun sweetheart. What a great.


i, grey, Thursday, 5 February 2009 07:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

Maybe the best frontman I ever saw. RIP Lux.

Inky pinky ponky, father had a donkey (aldo), Thursday, 5 February 2009 09:01 (eight 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 (six 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 (seven months ago) Permalink

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