After several singles in the late 1970s that were produced by Alex Chilton of the Box Tops and Big Star, the band released “Songs the Lord Taught Us” in 1980, and it became a club and college-radio standard. in I think 77. (I offer the heresy that Lux was a better front man than Iggy!) He was 62. He took a liking to me and invited me over to the tiny apartment he and Ivy shared on the upper east side, stuffed with approx. A week later I was walking to work when the words “Lux and Ivy!” came out of my mouth. The Cramps made eight studio albums and have numerous live and compilation records, and had been working on a new album, Mr. Martinez said. I moved to NYC in 1981, so I missed the Cramps’ days at CBGB, but I did first see them at the old (and great!)
She survives him. He was 62. Lux Interior, the singer, songwriter and founding member of the pioneering New York City horror-punk band the Cramps, died Wednesday. Taken aback by the question, he replied: “Rock ’n’ roll has absolutely nothing to do with music. Peppermint Lounge off Times Square just a few months after I moved here and they were phenomenal! i just found the newspaper ad for that show…. Lux Interior, who introduced the excitement of deviant rockabilly to the punk era as the lead singer of the Cramps, died early Wednesday in Glendale, Calif. Lux Interior, who introduced the excitement of deviant rockabilly to the punk era as the lead singer of the Cramps, died early Wednesday in Glendale, Calif. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! R.I.P. Afterwards I realised that we were around the corner from the house where Sheridan le Fanu (author of seminal lesbo-vampire novel Carmilla) was born, and only a few hundred yards from Bram Stoker’s house. Lux Interior and Poison Ivy met when he picked her up as a hitchhiker in California in the early ’70s. Lux was one of the first people I met when I moved to New York City in 1977 and although I never knew him well I feel as though I … Lux and the Cramps were serious about rockabilly, horror, foot fetishes, sci-fi B-movies and 50s kitsch. The above photo was taken by Stephanie Chernokowski in the fall of 1977. Talk about getting your $3 worth…. Lux Interior (Eric Lee Purkiser) died today (Feb. 4th, 2009) at 4:30 AM in a hospital in Glendale, California of a heart ailment. Screaming Rock'n'Roll, the kind they don't make anymore, old R&B, hillbilly, gospel, greasy vocal groups, scratchy 45's and 78's. I wouldn’t get too bummed out just yet, there’s a good chance he will rise from the dead sometime soon. I was lucky to see them many times after that. It was a very sad day for many people around the world and particularly for me as I had the pleasure of meeting Lux on a number of occasions. The cause was heart failure, said Aleix Martinez, the band’s publicist. I was 22 and didn’t know shit. In 2001, Lux Interior and Poison Ivy Rorschach celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Cramps by taking the matters of record-making into their own hands; they revived the long-dormant Vengeance label and reissued their entire post-I.R.S. They bonded over their pop-culture interests — both scoured flea markets and thrift shops for discarded 1950s records — and by 1975 they had moved to New York. The first show I saw in NYC the night I got here in ’77 was the Cramps and the Ramones at CBGB. Though the band never found wide popularity, it had a fierce cult audience, and its approach to the sound of early rock ’n’ roll has been echoed in acts like the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and the White Stripes. Often dressed in macabre, gender-bending costumes onstage, Interior evoked a lanky, proto-goth Elvis Presley, and his band quickly became notorious for volatile and decadent live performances. Rock ’n’ roll is who you are. Back in, 1996 or 7 I think it was, Russ Meyer came to Dublin and as I was seemingly the only person in Ireland familiar with his films I got to interview him, and ended up having dinner with him (a memorably weird and fun evening). My first punk show. He was 60. I hadn’t even registered seeing them walk down the street – I just spoke as if in a dream – and Ivy said, pleasantly, “Yes?” I stopped and talked to her for a few minutes – Lux loomed behind her, apparently freezing in the Irish winter weather – and I babbled something about having just spent the evening with Russ Meyer. UPDATE: The original version of this post misstated the date of Lux Interior's death. Crap! LUX INTERIOR (ERICK LEE PURKHISER) 1946-2009 Seminal punk rock frontman Lux Interior (born Erick Lee Purkhiser in Ohio) died yesterday of a pre-existing heart condition in Glendale, CA at Glendale Memorial Hospital. Lux Interior, gaunt and dark, was fond of skintight rubber, although onstage he usually ended up in just his leopard-skin trunks, or less. I met Lux during the month or so he worked at the Strand (where I worked for three years). )First Ron Asheton, now Lux, both dead at 60 from heart ailments; are these bad omens for 2009? I’ll never forget the seemingly foot high stack of hair atop Lux’s head when he ambled on stage. The band split after the death of lead singer Lux Interior. this is one of the few times a death ,of someone i didn’t actually know ,has really depressed me.although i didn’t keep up with their releases after the early 80’s, i credit the cramps, along with kicks fanzine, and the hound radio show with sending me down the road to perdition.the last of a breed…indeed. Dynamic Duos II: God’s Army – Johnny & Luther Htoo, Friday’s 5 45’s — Guitar Slingers (and big dick swingers…). I think “Garbageman” is one of the great songs in rock and roll, and they were one of the great bands.
For over 20 years I have repeated that story to people when ever the topic of age or growing old comes up. Lux Interior (Eric Lee Purkiser) died today (Feb. 4th, 2009) at 4:30 AM in a hospital in Glendale, California of a heart ailment. The Cramps, are an American garage punk band, formed in 1973. Lux was one of the first people I met when I moved to New York City in 1977 and although I never knew him well I feel as though I learned a lot from just watching and listening to him. He was also the first person to tell me about Ray Dennis Steckler, who predeceased Lux by just a few days. Their line-up rotated much over their existence, with the husband and wife duo of lead singer Lux Interior and lead guitarist Poison Iv… When I was a little shit I read an interview with the Cramps & lux claimed to be over 300 years old. He was truly the last of a breed. Also, the band hasn't toured since 2006; the current tour dates on their official website have not been updated since then. Oh, man… This is sad.I saw them a few times at CB’s and, once, at the Mudd Club (New Year’s 1978/79). They took stage names and became regulars at CBGB and Max’s Kansas City, and they later married. Lux Interior, the singer, songwriter and founding member of the pioneering New York City horror-punk band the Cramps, died Wednesday. Lux Interior and Poison Ivy performing in New York in 1986. Their line-up rotated frequently during their existence, with the husband-and-wife duo of Interior and lead guitarist and occasional bass guitarist Poison Ivy comprising the only ever-present members. R.I.P. Read more Cramps founder Lux Interior dies at 60. He died Wednesday morning, not Tuesday. mine was certainly one of the lives he changed. There is no facet of popular culture that hasn’t been influenced by the Cramps and although they never got their due in terms of record sales, they changed thousands, maybe millions of lives. In 2002 Lux Interior performed the voice of a character on the children’s television show “SpongeBob SquarePants”; he was the lead singer of an all-bird rock band called the Bird Brains. I saw them five or so more times subsequently and they were always a riveting act. It’s much more than music. Poison Ivy. You can’t call the Cramps music. I wish I’d thought of taking them on a tour of gothic Dublin, it would have repaid them a little for the hundreds and thousands of hours of pleasure I got from their music and from the movies and musicians (and even the drugs – they were the first people I ever remember talking about ecstasy) they talked about in their interviews. I wonder whether they believed me. Saw The Cramps open for The Ramones at My Fathers Place In L.I. He is survived by his fabulous wife and fellow Cramps bandmate, Kristy Wallace, a.k.a. And of course they were the sexiest rock and roll married couple since Johnny and June Carter Cash. Lux Interior of the Cramps has died. Interior, whose real name was Erick Lee Purkhiser, died at Glendale Memorial Hospital of a previously-existing heart … 80,000 records and a jukebox. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. In 1979 the Cramps were guest D.J.’s on WPIX-FM in New York, spinning records by Wanda Jackson, the Electric Prunes, Herbie Duncan and other vintage rockabilly and garage acts. He was pretty abstemious–at least in those days, dunno about later–but in honor of my visit he bought some beer and scored some weed. He was 60. Interior, whose real name was Erick Lee Purkhiser, died at Glendale Memorial Hospital of a previously-existing heart condition, according to a statement from his publicist. Poison Ivy often performed in pin-up or bondage costumes, and others who passed through the band developed tawdry characters of their own. As connoisseurs of seemingly all forms of trashy pop culture from the 1950s and ’60s — ranging from ghoulish comic books to Z-grade horror films to the rawest garage rock — they developed a sound that mixed the menace of rockabilly’s primitivist fringe with dark psychedelia and the blunt simplicity of punk.
(I preferred them with a second guitar and no bass, though. They were a perfect rock and roll band.Great photo. Lux Interior, the lead singer of the Cramps, died on the morning of Wednesday 4th February 2009 due to a heart condition, he was 62. It’s noise, rockin’ noise.”, Lux Interior, 62, Singer in the Punk-Rock Era, Is Dead. The Cramps were an American punk rock band formed in 1976 and active until 2009. But subsequent albums had limited success, and the band’s album “A Date With Elvis,” considered by many critics to be among its best, was released in Britain in 1986 but not in the United States until four years later. The Cramps were founded in New York around 1976 by Lux Interior (born Erick Purkhiser in Stow, Ohio) and the guitarist Poison Ivy (Kristy Wallace) with a distinct musical and visual style. The band became a staple of the late '70s Manhattan punk scene emerging from clubs like Max's Kansas City and CBGB and was one of the first acts to realize the potential of punk rock as theater and spectacle. Lux Interior was asked by one of the station personalities about the music. Either way, Ivy proffered her black-lace-gloved hand to be kissed before leaving, and I walked off in a daze. With his wife, guitarist "Poison" Ivy Rorschach, Interior formed the Cramps in 1976, pairing lyrics that expressed their love of B-movie camp with ferocious rockabilly and surf-inspired instrumentation. Cultivating a sense of sleazy kitsch, the band played songs with titles like “Creature From the Black Leather Lagoon,” and its members dressed like a rock ’n’ roll version of the Addams Family.
Among the many records he played me were the first two Sex Pistols, which I hadn’t heard. I never saw Lux again–except onstage–after that time, but I’ve always kept a warm memory.
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