Lux Interior

February 7, 2009 at 1:13 am (Uncategorized)

Lux Interior the lead singer for the Cramps died Wednesday from a heart condition. He was 62.



The first Cramps song I think I heard was Drug train. Probably on John Peel’s show. The same year I got their first album, Songs the Lord Taught Us for  Christmas. Oh, I played that one over and over again. It’s still probably my favourite Cramps’ record, even more than Gravest Hits.  (The Live at the Peppermint Lounge ranks pretty high too)

But if these records contained a truly inspired minx of punk, rockabilly and a love of sci-fi and monsters movies, it was nothing compared to the live shows. I saw the Cramps three times in the 1980s. Each time at the Concert Hall in Toronto (now the headquarters of MTV Canada). Each show was a swaggering combination of rock n roll and Lux’s demented stage persona, which always seemed to involved him stripping down to a g-string. Poison Ivy just stood there. So cool.

A great singer, a great interpreter, a great innovator. There was no one truly like the Cramps.  The Cramps site has a guestbook to sign. Stop by.

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