tell me things about The Cramps (RIP Lux Interior)

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I find it remarkable that even thirty years down the line, Lux and Ivy were *still* the short circuit to everything that was sleazy, perverted, and crazy fun about the kitsch eras. Dozens of Taschen books, 90s exotica revival records, and issues of Tiki News instantly made irrelevant by a single Cramps show. A great band, but insanely great conceptual artists.

Don't dream it - Be it. Indeed.

Chris Barrus (Elvis Telecom), Thursday, 5 February 2009 22:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

Buh buh buckee!

Edward III OTM, not quite sure why, more of my heroes have died (Ramones, asheton, john balance, david mccomb), but this, no, this manages to be more devastating and depressing somehow. It's like Fun and Awesome have failed or something.

StanM, Thursday, 5 February 2009 23:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

Those muffled studio arguments on the Songs The Lord Taught Us bonus tracks are gold.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 5 February 2009 23:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

. . A great band, but insanely great conceptual artists.

Elvis OTFM

Soukesian, Thursday, 5 February 2009 23:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

Exactly none of the 6 26 to 34 year old coworkers I went for a beer with tonight had ever heard of lux interior or the cramps. ***anomie****

Booker van Permalink (Hunt3r), Friday, 6 February 2009 02:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

You need some new coworkers

(I had at least one who talked about it with me)

Courtney Love's Jew Loan Officer (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 6 February 2009 02:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

the msm is starting to pick up on the story, for a while it was weird that nobody seemed particularly interested in reporting his passing,0,5401736.story

鬼の手 (Edward III), Friday, 6 February 2009 04:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

Some of the papers are having trouble worth their math, reporting Lux as being only 52 instead of 62. I did not even try to mention this to my co-workers. There's no way any of 'em have heard of Lux.

curmudgeon, Friday, 6 February 2009 06:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

It's kinda hard to start explaining some of it to people who've never heard of them too, e.g.,0,362555.photogallery?index=3 :-)

StanM, Friday, 6 February 2009 08:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

a weak obit from the beeb

stirmonster, Friday, 6 February 2009 10:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

Morrissey gave a Lux shout-out last night during his performance on Kimmel.

The Wild Shirtless Lyrics of Mark Farner (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 6 February 2009 22:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

I didn't find out about this til fucking sad.
Best dream I ever had was when I dreamed I met Lux at a Cramps show. Gah.

VegemiteGrrrl, Saturday, 7 February 2009 05:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

Nice appreciation from here:

Includes comments from Ohio contemporaries like Michael Weldon, of Psychotronic Video.

Soukesian, Saturday, 7 February 2009 11:00 (eight years ago) Permalink :

Lux and Ivy of the legendary Cramps drop by for some Orangeade and a round of platter chatter. From October 23, 2004.
Listen to the whole show. /
See the playlist.
download mp3

StanM, Saturday, 7 February 2009 19:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

I was doing some record shopping on Wednesday when someone announced in the store that rumours of Lux's death were a hoax (which was the first I'd heard anything about it) and then they played Bad Music For Bad People over the shop speakers.

When we got back to where we were staying I was saying to my wife how I'd never seen the Cramps live (she has) but I'd definitely make sure I would go if they ever made it over to the UK again just in case he did die soon. Fuck.

I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE UP TO (Colonel Poo), Saturday, 7 February 2009 19:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

Good obit @ AMG:

StanM, Saturday, 7 February 2009 21:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

Tear It Up (1990, Amsterdam) (up on the speakers, deepthroating the mic)

StanM, Saturday, 7 February 2009 21:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

Rollins remembers Lux.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 8 February 2009 14:22 (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

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