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February 5, 2009

{     Lux Interior R.I.P.     }    


I just found out that Lux Interior, lead singer of ghoulish surfabilly punks The Cramps, died today (February 4) due to an existing heart condition at the age of 62.

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 Cramps, as some of you may know, have been quite possibly my favorite band since first hearing them over a decade ago, and, well, I don't know what to say...



Steve Forth played "Bikini Girls With Machine Guns" for me when I was 15. I hated it.
I hated it because it was just so goddamn cool, and Steve was so goddamn cool for even listening to The Cramps. And everything about them was everything that I loved all wrapped up in the same sick package; punk, horror, surf, sex, lounge, rock, sci-fi and that ever-present grindhouse aesthetic. I wanted to believe that such a thing couldn't exist, but I had the fever bad, and from that day on I'd never shake it.

Posted by: Adam at February 5, 2009 5:08 PM

4 Words: Bend Over I'll Drive.

Posted by: Aaron at February 6, 2009 1:42 AM

I had a pooh cramp once, it was terrible. I don't see how women do it every month...

Posted by: craig at February 24, 2009 8:15 PM
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