The Cramps’ Lux Interior: RIP

Written by on February 5, 2009

Lux Interior, co-founder of The Cramps died yesterday due to an existing heart condition. He was 62.

Interior, born Erick Lee Purkhiser, with his wife and musical partner, Poison Ivy, introduced the Psychobilly sound to the New York music scene in the mid-70s, combining elements of alternative 50s rockabilly, early new wave, punk, roots rock and b-movie soundtrack Americana. Their several classic recordings include “Goo Goo Muck,” “Bakini Girls With Machine Guns,” “The Crusher” and “Eyeball in My Martini.” The band also put their own stamp on some timeless music with covers of “Route 66,” “Green Door” and “Jailhouse Rock” as well as several others.

We will play a few special Cramps tracks in honor of Lux Interior on Friday’s Revenge of the 80s Radio show.

Reader's opinions
  1. Emmet Garnham   On   February 6, 2009 at 2:59 am

    I loved this sound several people have copied the cramps; Elvis Hitler and Rev. Horton Heat just to name two. I was a fan of the much darker stuff like “TV set” and the song written by Charles Mason “Garbageman”.

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