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Posted: Feb 4, 2009 2:55 pm
i heard he died over the weekend. WHAAAAAAAAT??????????
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 3:03 pm
Where did you hear that???
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 3:06 pm
gonna be some odd replies to this, but... scottie diablo.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 3:11 pm
you sure scottie ain't yankin your chain?
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 3:13 pm
it's on at least one website right now.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 3:14 pm
it's on at least one website right now.

facebook don't count
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 3:16 pm
Bazooka Joe strikes again.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 3:16 pm
does this look like facebook to you?

my boy mike murphy said he'd call lux up. i hope he gets an answer.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 3:21 pm

A statement from The Cramps is coming this afternoon.

Posted: Feb 4, 2009 3:23 pm
does this look like facebook to you?

my boy mike murphy said he'd call lux up. i hope he gets an answer.

that's daily swarm...BAAAH!

I just called their tour manager too...and Harry Drumdini too.

someones gotta call back.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 3:24 pm
This better be some sick hoax
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 3:28 pm
is ian mackaye dead?
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 3:30 pm
ace frehley killed him
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 3:31 pm
they say he's alive and well but who can you trust nowadays?
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 3:34 pm
I call BS
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 3:34 pm
Lux's passing has been falsely announced before. I don't believe it. He looked great the last time I saw him.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 3:36 pm
Bazooka Joe and Scotti Diablo. What more do you need to know?
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 3:44 pm | Edited by: gore
Bazooka Joe and Scotti Diablo. What more do you need to know?

love Bazook and The Diablo...but I need to hear it from...

poison ivy or harry drumdini
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 4:01 pm | Edited by: rich riggler
15 minutes have passed and still no confirmation. Nothing to see here. Everybody go home.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 4:05 pm
Wikipedia mentions that he "died in 2009" but doesn't give any details.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 4:07 pm
I just checked back and now it DOESN'T say that anymore.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 4:11 pm | Edited by: gore
just heard he was spotted having indian food with Ace Freheley and Ian MacKaye
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 4:11 pm
I think if he was dead.
People would know for sure.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 4:15 pm
what, did joey ramone come back from the dead to spread this rumor?

i did a search online and now a few more blogs are reporting it, but probably from the original page reporting it...
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 4:21 pm
the only thing that makes me a little worried....and this could just be fucked up coincidence...is that no one close to the band is available via phone.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 4:40 pm
too weird. hope he's alive. i don't care about egg on my face. i didn't start this rumor anyhow.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 4:51 pm
Bummer, if it's true. There's nothing but a couple blogs reporting it.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 4:58 pm | Edited by: gore
I got in contact with harry drumdini...

he had not heard anything about this, but was a little rattled. He was calling Ivy.

I would think that a band member would know before a blogger
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 5:05 pm
I saw the Cramps like 4 years ago, LUX was dumping wine on his face and being creepy.
he rules.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 5:06 pm
URL ...
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 5:07 pm
URL ...

2 blogs big deal
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 5:08 pm
blogs reporting deaths are gay
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 5:09 pm
if it is a rumor, how do these things get started? just by some unfunny wise ass?
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 5:11 pm
joey ramone did it back in the day...it started a crazy chain reaction of events...big beat even started prepping an obit...
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 5:12 pm
if it is a rumor, how do these things get started? just by some unfunny wise ass?

how did the Ian MacKaye one get started?
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 5:12 pm | Edited by: m t millionaire
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 5:13 pm
just got an email from miriam: I am confident this is a total hoax. It can't be true and I don't believe it for a minute. These people are calling to ask if I know the details, and I only know he is alive and well I wish people would stop with bad news!!
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 5:13 pm
kick ass!
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 5:17 pm
just got another message from a friend:

this happens every 5 years, it's a 3rd Bardo thing.

if that's how it works, then i almost like this hoax!
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 5:21 pm
Lux "dead" would be even more rockin' & creepy on stage!!

but at the same time a total bummer.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 5:22 pm
ok, got confirmation that he is alive and well. sorry to stress anyone out, but remember, i ASKED. i didn't report.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 5:22 pm
malibu mike says Lux ia alive...confirmed
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 5:23 pm
some guy on an another board is saying its true, and that he got it from someone who knows them...

who knows, he could be a total wanker...
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 5:31 pm
That's a relief. I love that guy. I met him once and we talked about Ventures "Ventures in Space". Saw the Cramps at the Shaboo Inn in Willimantic CT in 1981, and it changed my brain chemistry forever. LONG LIVE LUX INTERIOR!!!
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 5:34 pm

got some 3D glasses autographed from them at a show in vegas.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 5:34 pm
Willimantic? Do you remember the Populous Pudding from the late 80s?
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 5:35 pm
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 5:36 pm
We played there once, and I saw GG Allin there also. He was eating a dead cat as I recall....
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 5:37 pm
cheater slicks doing "please give me something" is the best cramps song.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 5:42 pm
cheater slicks doing "please give me something" is the best cramps song.

It was kind of a tribute. I had Cramps on the brain at that point...
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 6:07 pm
sorry y'all

we were wrong

or 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 family requests that you respect their privacy during this difficult time.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 6:12 pm
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 6:14 pm
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 6:15 pm
Is that anywhere other than the Daily Swarm?

RIP, if it's true, and long live Lux either way!
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 6:15 pm
This whole thing is playing with my emotions today.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 6:15 pm
http://twitter.com/scottcrawford/statuses/1178087356 -- sounds like it may be corroborated...
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 6:16 pm
Ahhhhhh shit.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 6:20 pm
This shit is really playing with my emotions. I'm going to blast SONGS THE LORD TAUGHT US anyway. That'll make me feel better for about thirty minutes.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 6:23 pm
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 6:23 pm
I should just shut off my computer and find out what the deal is tomorrow or something. I'm freaking out...
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 6:26 pm
daily swarm isn't even coming up anymore.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 6:26 pm
this would have to be on their homepage if it were true, wouldn't it??

Posted: Feb 4, 2009 6:27 pm
The Cramps aren't listed as a client on the Girlie Action site, so why would they be issuing the notice?
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 6:28 pm
i haven't seen it on any real news source at all besides blogs.... where was that release letter from?
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 6:28 pm
Shit. Better clean out a spot in the Frigidaire.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 6:33 pm
It seems it may be sadly true

http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/cramps-frontman-lux-interior-dies- 1003938315.story

Saw them 3 times live. One of the greatest showmen ever.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 6:34 pm
uh oh..... an actual news story...... SAD DAY! R.I.P LUX INTERIOR!!

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/uponsun/2009/02/erick_purkhiser_aka_l ux_interi.php
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 6:35 pm
the front page of their website is the same as it was over a year ago...
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 6:38 pm
RIP my friend...

This is beyond sad.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 6:43 pm
I'm still in denial because of all the confusion. I still hope it isn't true. He was/is one of my biggest heroes/influences since I was in the 7th grade... Only saw the Cramps once and it was great...
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 6:49 pm
my heart goes out to ivy.

r.i.p. lux.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 7:12 pm
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 7:13 pm
^ i know how devestated you are, too.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 7:18 pm
I'm teary-eyed, even though I'm still in denial. I'm gonna go shave my face and maybe when I come back it will be a hoax again. This fucking sucks...
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 7:20 pm
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 7:23 pm
Fuck...my every Halloween show in S.F. for years and years...R.I.P. to the coolest mofo ever...
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 7:25 pm
as mentioned an acquaintance from my hometown and his brother is one of my oldest friends

but obviously this is not about me


usa's best band for a long period and still one of the greatest live bands of all time
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 7:27 pm

look at the picture on the left.

Posted: Feb 4, 2009 7:27 pm
RIP LUX! lamest news all year
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 7:32 pm
fuck this. i got a bottle of bourbon and about 6 records & a couple bootlegs to listen to. fuck it.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 7:35 pm
2009 has really sucked so far death wise....how worse can it get?
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 7:47 pm
I'm teary-eyed

I usually don't give a shit about celeb death's but this one got me getting misty too. Such an important part of my musical development, a band I still listen to on a very regular basis and blew my mind each time i saw them live.

Posted: Feb 4, 2009 7:48 pm | Edited by: bazooka joe
2009 has really sucked so far death wise....how worse can it get?

hang on action man, i'm rooting for you.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 7:56 pm
bummed the fuck out
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 7:57 pm
I am a sad sad daddy.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 8:00 pm

this sucks - R.I.P. Lux
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 8:03 pm
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 8:04 pm | Edited by: Socks
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"


This is the worst.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 8:06 pm

if there is any doubt...Harry...the cramps drummer confirmed it.

small memorial tonight.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 8:07 pm
ouch, this thread took a turn for the worse.

I was reading this and smirking just a couple of hours ago.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 8:25 pm
96 tears in 96 eyes.

Posted: Feb 4, 2009 8:29 pm
well, i don't know about art, but i know what i like
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 8:33 pm
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 8:35 pm
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 8:49 pm
A long-gone friend of mine loved to talk about the time he interviewed Lux on the radio. They mostly discussed the issues involved for dudes who are shopping for high-heels.

Posted: Feb 4, 2009 9:02 pm
(from the sacramento bee)

February 4, 2009
Cramps singer Lux Interior dies at 60

Lux Interior, front man for the groundbreaking punk band The Cramps,
died today in a Glendale, Calif., hospital due to complications from
a pre-existing heart condition, according to a news release issued by
the band's publicist. There are conflicting reports about the
singer's real age but IMDB.com lists it as 60.

Lux Interior, born Erick Lee Purkhiser, formed The Cramps in 1972
after meeting Kristy Wallace in Sacramento. The two, who lived in
Midtown, shared a love for surf rock, rockabilly, B-movies and other
bits of so-called "trash culture."

Interior took his name from an old car commercial, and Wallace, who
changed her name to Poison Ivy, attributed her new music moniker to a
vision she received in a dream. The couple dubbed its music
as "pyschobilly" - taking the term from an old Johnny Cash tune.

The Cramps moved to Ohio in 1973 and, in 1976, migrated to downtown
Manhattan where they joined a burgeoning punk scene populated by the
likes of the Ramones, Blondie and Television.

The band's 30-plus years on the punk scene spawned 14 albums, a
seemingly endless tour schedule and an indelible influence on artists
such as the Black Lips, the Reverend Horton Heat and Sacramento's own
(now-defunct) Groovie Ghoulies.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 9:08 pm
Drinking this bottle of red wine in memory tonight (Seem appropriate)
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 9:18 pm
Cramps singer Lux Interior dies at 60 The Sacramento Bee - 56 minutes ago

Cramps Singer Lux Interior Dead At 62 Vh1 - 1 minute ago

Cramps Star Lux Interior Dead At 52 ContactMusic - 37 minutes ago

nice reporting on Lux's age ....
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 9:30 pm
Lux will always be ageless.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 9:33 pm
I don't think I've cried at the news of a celebrity death since John Lennon. As soon as I read this- I burst into tears- at the fucking library- and had to flee, crying on the bus all the way home. This fucking sucks.

I need to go get drunk. Really really drunk.
R.I.P. Lux.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 10:03 pm
I'm upstairs where the computer is and the record player is in the basement, so the only Cramps stuff I've been playing is the How To Make a Monster CD and every time one of the CDs ends, it multi-discs to one of the wife's old country CD comps, and every song ends up being about signs from above and sending white doves and "I dreamed I was there in hillbilly heaven." Kinda appropriate, really...
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 10:20 pm
One of my favorite bands of ever.

Last time I saw The Cramps was @HOB here in New Orleans '04.

That night they fuckin' worked the hoodoo only like they do. Bill 'Blaster' Bateman was on drums and some tall skinny L.A. guy on bass. Played alot of the classic old stuff. I remember them covering 'Hang-Up' by The Wailers too.

Poor Ivy...her man's done up an left her

RIP Lux Interior

That funeral is gonna be unreal....
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 10:46 pm
Fuck! This sucks!

Saw them here around 94--it is still one of the best shows I've ever been to. Damn.

I'm not sure this is sinking in yet...
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 11:10 pm
I saw them when I lived in LA, in '95? Amazing show. RIP.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 11:11 pm | Edited by: SSSSSSS
fuck this. i got a bottle of bourbon and about 6 records & a couple bootlegs to listen to. fuck it.

I only got 24oz of Stone IPA and 2 records, but it's all good. I'm gonna feel shitty enough tomorrow even without a hangover.

Cuing up Live at the PePpermint now...
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 11:13 pm
I'm going to listen to Songs the Lord Taught Us and have a bottle of wine.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 11:18 pm
Back in the early 80's when there wasn't much rock n roll, those records (Gravest Hits, Songs the Lord Taught Us, Psychedelic Jungle, Peppermint Lounge, Date with Elvis) were beacons to a hidden future. I tried to analyse them: what were the secret codes? What did Lux Mean? What am I supposed to know? It was strange how much that band affected me. I would have fought someone to the death if they had badmouthed the Cramps. I certainly could not respect someone's taste if they did not worship the Cramps.

They were the glue that bound us together. The truest element. The electricity.

Lux's energy has now been dispersed to the ether. I still feel it. I will always feel it...LONG LIVE LUX INTERIOR!
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 11:34 pm
^No truer words have ever been spoken.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 11:38 pm
i was fortunate enough to meet lux & ivy a few times and they were both never less then totally polite & classy. lux liked talking about music and seemed to have no regard for how god-like many people (including me) found them, he kinda put you at ease and you forgot you were TALKING TO LUX INTERIOR FROM THE CRAMPS!!!!!! and instead were just talking to a totally cool enthusiastic guy with a ton of great stories. ivy told me she grew up next to john fante, lux talked about seeing the electric eels "they were SCARY guys" seeing t.rex in ohio, where marc bolan handed him a beer can from stage that he still has (and after the show, lux said he saw marc bolan after the show out in the parking lot writing someone a letter with a quill pen)... i wished i wrote it all down... what a loss.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 11:39 pm
you've articulated every thought verbatum i've had listening to your records. you guys do a hell of a job at translating that type of mystery. i know exactly what you mean, because i've gone through it with the cheater slicks, and yeah, the cramps are the only other band i would expect anyone to go through that with. i'm still positive that you were talking to me when i read the inner booklet of the "don't like you" cd. sorry to get all mushy on you in public, but it's all true.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 11:41 pm
I'm really sad right now. Thinking about my pals who were friends with him makes me sadder.
Posted: Feb 4, 2009 11:42 pm
lux talked about seeing the electric eels

miriam mentioned seeing them in the latest norton newsletter. damn, can you imagine their world back then? how incredible that a few kids from cleveland in the early 70s turned out to be the heaviest of all rock'n'roll motherfuckers? this is one of those weird secret codes.
Posted: Feb 5, 2009 2:46 am
that sucks...
Posted: Feb 5, 2009 2:47 am
Posted: Feb 5, 2009 5:52 am
how incredible that a few kids from cleveland in the early 70s turned out to be the heaviest of all rock'n'roll motherfuckers? th

it's all ghoulardi's fault
Posted: Feb 5, 2009 6:27 am
i once wrote this on a long piece of clevo music and pagans, ubu, raspberries and human switchboard

Cleveland's own Ubu-ians and the Rocket boys, and the by-now well-known leaders or lost legends, like the Mirrors, Electric Eels, Styrene, X-Blank-X, Chronics, Friction, Dead Boys, Laughner's transitory line-ups, and those (really) weird people from Akron, 27 miles south " Cramps, Devo, Chrissie Hynde, Robert Quine, Rachel Sweet, Tin Huey, Bizarros, Rubber City Rebels, Ralph Carney, Hammer Damage, Waitresses, Chi-Pig, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch's music experiment, Del-Byzanteens " all helped create an explosive exchange of ideas that could quickly become the opening song for your set on Friday night.
Posted: Feb 5, 2009 6:46 am
when i went to the states on holiday with my girlfriend/wife some 20 years ago, i visited that memorial graveyard in LA where you hear some kind of divine hymns when pushing buttons on trees - i had read about this in that mindblowing lux/ivy interview in that ReSearch book - it would be cool if they could bury him over there, next to a tree with a button that would play “Aloha From Hell”
Posted: Feb 5, 2009 7:21 am | Edited by: jerry
Years ago my wife and I were at a small jazz club in Los Angeles listening to Jimmy Scott when I noticed Lux and Ivy at a nearby table looking very close and happy.

Cheers Lux.
Posted: Feb 5, 2009 7:29 am
i hope there will be a jukebox in heaven
Posted: Feb 5, 2009 8:08 am
What a stage presence he had! I loved Lux. The Klitz were honored to have known them and open for them! Lux was quite funny too! Once when Candy tripped on a guitar chord he asked us if we were the Klutz! Lux totally inspired the vocals on "Hold Me Tight", a Klitz single which Jim Dickinson produced. I am so sorry for Ivy and all their fans. They were nice people and even sent Lesa a thank you note for putting them up in Memphis when Alex recorded them.
Posted: Feb 5, 2009 8:39 am | Edited by: No Big Thing
"Tear It Up" in 'Urgh: A Music War' was my introduction to the Cramps and at that point I'd never seen a performance remotely in the same league as Lux's in that. I've re-watched it 4 times this morning.

Posted: Feb 5, 2009 9:56 am
that sucks. RIP indeed. i'll really miss her.
Posted: Feb 5, 2009 10:22 am
that sucks. RIP indeed. i'll really miss her.

oh Arman - ever the brave face… baby, it's OK to cry…
Posted: Feb 5, 2009 10:31 am
I feel as though the Cramps raised me, such a huge part of my introduction to so many things I still hold true...I got in to my first Halloween SF show at age 16...with a really bad fake ID...and rarely missed another until the late 90's. RIP, you fucking BADASS.

my heart goes out to ivy.

My daughter's namesake...the Cramps and I will raise her up right!
Posted: Feb 5, 2009 12:03 pm
the band that time forgot


radio brodcast, 1979
Posted: Feb 5, 2009 12:45 pm
Damn. That's a shocker. RIP, Lux.
Posted: Feb 5, 2009 12:50 pm
I remember buying "Bad Music for Bad People" in the early 90's because I saw a dude with a Cramps T-Shirt on and just thought their logo looked cool. Listening to that was the first time I remember thinking that all the Indie Rock I had been listening to was useless.
I went and saw them in D.C. in 1995 at the Black Cat. We drove down from NYC and went to Ben's Chili Bowl and then got hopelessly wasted on cheap vodka. It was that time in the 90's where people were crowd surfing at every damn show. I never was a crowd surfing kind of guy, but that was the only way I could get close to Lux and Ivy. I remember reaching out and touching their legs and feet and just going nuts. I was like a teenage girl at a Beatles Concert. I was just totally worshipping this band. They were so good live that night. Never saw them again. R.I.P.
Posted: Feb 5, 2009 1:47 pm
I saw them when I was 17 or 18 and it changed everything. Instead of standing up front and bouncing around I went to the back of the theater and just sat and watched. Totally blew me away. Yep, and there was a rumor then that LUX had AIDS and that would be the last tour etc.
TOTAL BUMMER! I was fortunate enough to meet him a few times. Very cool.
Posted: Feb 5, 2009 2:39 pm
My first real influence was the Cramps & the world they opened me up to. Shitty news. RIP Lux
Posted: Feb 5, 2009 9:48 pm
Holy Fuck!!!
This can't be.
I don't get it. Lux wasn't anywhere near my list of "gotta see 'em while they're still around" performers.
One of the greatest performers ever.
Rest in peace, Lux Interior.
Posted: Feb 5, 2009 9:54 pm
just re-read this thread. don't do it if you don't want to cry.
Posted: Feb 5, 2009 11:14 pm
cramps website update:
Posted: Feb 6, 2009 1:20 am | Edited by: dale
If it wasn't for the Cramps who knows if our musical paths would've even existed let alone crossed.
Posted: Feb 6, 2009 2:24 am
cramps= birth of real rock n roll crossed with punk = garage.... sad, sad, sad, day...... lux interior is in rock n roll heaven!!!
Posted: Feb 6, 2009 2:35 am
kicking myself for never taking the time out to see them. we own many of the original records.
Posted: Feb 6, 2009 2:42 am
only got to see them 2-3 times unforunately but EVERY time was worth it... LUX was the best frontman ever..... really passionate and into what he was doing
Posted: Feb 6, 2009 2:49 am
i just been listening to 'date with elvis' and i gott happy AND sad........ :(

we'll miss you, LUX@
Posted: Feb 6, 2009 3:55 am
SONGS THE LORD TAUGHT US cranked LOUD........ beer in hand... bout to pass out with good memories of the cramps
Posted: Feb 6, 2009 6:44 am
coming up at somepoint today, i will post links so that you can download my 11 cd (and counting) compilation of LUX AND IVY'S FAVORITES. it's a 11 cd series of songs the cramps have mentioned in interviews, or covered etc...

working on it now...
Posted: Feb 6, 2009 7:18 am
Back around 92ish, The Cramps played a mexican metal head bar down on the south side of Austin called The BackRoom. The bar was a pool hall on one side of the building, venue on the other.

When The Cramps came on, it was shoulder to shoulder metal head. But 15 minutes later, and after Lux prancing around in high heels, physics defying low riding latex pants that hung like a coat on a hook around his unit, gargling wine upside down from the rafters, and deep throating the mike every chance he could get, all the metal heads went back to playing pool. At that point maybe only 15 people where left in the audience. And then the real fun began and The Cramps played even harder.

It's just kinda finally sunk in Lux has really passed. Might be the first time I've ever been really sad over hearing a musician pass.
Posted: Feb 6, 2009 7:23 am | Edited by: jerryd
The only time i ever got to see them was '94 or '95 at the New Daisy, with Cornfed opening up the show( and if i remember correctly, Greg O performing with cornfed?)

It was amazing. Didn't get down front to get crazy. Instead, sat with my then pregnant wife up top and just remember being really happy to see them.

Too bad he's gone. RIP.
Posted: Feb 6, 2009 7:52 am
Terrible news! Saw them four times - all time favorite band. Met Lux at Spaceland in LA at a Lost Sounds/Dirtbombs show...he was just another guy in the crowd taking pictures! I called out "Lux!" and he came over and chatted with me and my friends...told us how much he dug Mick Collins. such a cool motherfucker. RIP.
Posted: Feb 6, 2009 7:56 am
A kind soul has scanned and made available an extensive interview with Lux and Ivy that ran in Incredibly Strange Music, here:

http://rs76.rapidshare.com/files/194543764/Incredibly_Srange_Music_Vol ._1_The_Cramps.pdf
Posted: Feb 6, 2009 9:55 am
When I met Lux backstage at a local club, the first thing he did was grab me and drag me over to my wife, who was working hospitality. He proceeded to produce a vintage 3-D camera and had us do a photo session of me spanking her. It got pretty elaborate. I am proud to know that somewhere in Lux's vast collection of photography there are 3-D pictures of me whooping my wife's ass with a rolled up guitar chord.
Posted: Feb 6, 2009 10:27 am
I moved to Portland, Oregon when I was 10 from a small town called Henryetta, Oklahoma. My mother brought me and my siblings up in the Church of Christ. The church we attended in Oregon was way more liberal than we were used to. For one thing, the kids were all given "refelction journals" to take notes in and keep tabs on their feelings. Well, this kid had drawn this insane looking skeletal figure on the outside of his notebook. Underneath it was written "The Cramps". He was 12 and was by and far the coolest person I had ever met. I had to ask what it meant, and he gave me a tape of Bad Music for Bad People. I was hooked. I never got to see Lux live, but from reading these accounts, it seems I have done myself a disservice. RIP Lux. Thanks for everything.
Posted: Feb 6, 2009 10:54 am
coming up at somepoint today, i will post links so that you can download my 11 cd (and counting) compilation of LUX AND IVY'S FAVORITES. it's a 11 cd series of songs the cramps have mentioned in interviews, or covered etc...

working on it now...

YES! and thank you!
Posted: Feb 6, 2009 10:57 am
'94 or '95 at the New Daisy

I think it was the same year or after Jesus Lizard played the same place.
Posted: Feb 6, 2009 11:28 am
Ok, let’s start with this.

This is an amazing interview with lux and ivy that rex doane conducted for his show, Fool’s Paradise, back when HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER came out.

This interview is essential for truly understanding the mythos of the cramps.

Yes, the cramps made amazing music, and amazing contributions to the history of music, but to really get a good idea of where they are coming from, is to listen to the music that inspired them.

If you think its all crazy rockabilly, you’re wrong.

Check out this amazing interview.


Now, here are the first batch of Lux and Ivy’s Favorites.

Let’s start off with a note I put in one of the volumes to give you a background on the series.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Lux and Ivy’s

Ok, I got kind of sick of repeating this story 1000 times. So figured I’d include this in the latest volume. I’m the guy who compiles the Lux and Ivy’s Favorites Compilations.

It started as a way to keep track of some of the songs Lux , and or Ivy, mentioned in THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE MUSIC BOOK. It was never really intended as anything but a way for a friend of mine and me to have 2 really kick ass compilations.

So we went about the arduous process of finding all the songs mentioned in that interview. It took a loooong time. We used the file sharing program, Napster, as well as our own personal collections.

So, one thing lead to another and when word got around that these compilations were out there, they started being traded from fan to fan to fan. So at some point I decided to put them up on Napster and let anyone who wanted them have them.

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.

People have asked why songs from THE PURPLE KNIF SHOW have appeared, or why a song or two have appeared that are on the SONGS THE CRAMPS TAUGHT US 3 cd set. Well its simple. The songs that are on TPKS are in less than stellar quality, and some are not featured in their entirety. So, I figured I’d feature them as part of LAIF. Volume one and two of LAIF “came out” or were compiled before STCTU appeared on the scene.

Other people have asked why these haven’t appeared as proper releases. The answer to that is easy. I’m not in this to make any money. Like I said above, I just wanted to make compilations for myself with some of the most amazing music ever put to tape. If other people enjoy them, great, but don’t expect to see these in stores or on ebay (unless somebody starts bootlegging them, but there is no need since they are easily available thru Soulseek and other file sharing programs).

In the end, these comps are a tribute to my heroes, The Cramps.

Thanks go out to Chuck in Milford NH, Patrick in France, Ben in Chicago, Rex Doane, Howie Pyro, The Mello Jello Gang, Haunted George and anyone else along the way who helped out.



An addendum to this: when the series started I was working mostly from downloads. It was only really meant for a friend of mine and me. This was started in the mid nineties and I wasn’t very computer savvy at all.

Over the years many of the originals have been acquired, either on vinyl or cd. It has always been my intention to go back and “re-mix” some of these tracks because the quality isn’t all that spectacular. Some volumes are better than others. Either way the intent was there, I hope some of the audio flaws aren’t too annoying.

Without further ado, here we go!





Volume 3 happened about a year after the first two volumes and is one of my favorites.





Allright, it takes a while to load these up to media fire…so I’ll be back later with the more.

Posted: Feb 6, 2009 11:42 am
If you think its all crazy rockabilly, you’re wrong.

i'm assuming this was a post you put in alot of places, cuz everyone here knows that!

can't wait for the newest volumes, and i'm sure my wife can't either. vols 1-7 are pretty much all she listens to anymore!
Posted: Feb 6, 2009 12:37 pm
yeah, its on my myspace blog, and a few rock and roll message boards in boston.

but you'd be surprise how many cramps fans that have no idea about L and I's love for doo wop, etc.

that's why i posted rex's interview....
Posted: Feb 6, 2009 12:52 pm
but you'd be surprise how many cramps fans that have no idea about L and I's love for doo wop, etc.

believe me, not many cramps fans are into doo wop, etc.

i love the cramps but they also attracted a lot of poseurs who used the band as a personal dress code (those ugly psychobilly dudes for ex.)
Posted: Feb 6, 2009 12:56 pm
Posted: Feb 6, 2009 1:22 pm
vols 1-7 are pretty much all she listens to anymore!

i thought i sent 1-8???

hey: here's the list for 1-6

and then bio of nimerect

and then list of 7-8

Posted: Feb 6, 2009 1:41 pm
i thought i sent 1-8???

yeah, 1-8.

Posted: Feb 6, 2009 1:47 pm
And the rest















That’s it. Volume Thirteen is not finished yet. Maybe sometime as we get closer to summer.

I hope everyone finds something to enjoy on these cd’s. They are a labor of love.

Your humble savant

kogar the swinging ape
Posted: Feb 6, 2009 1:59 pm | Edited by: nimereht
hey, anyone know where you can get Songs the cramps taught us on cd??? 1-3

are they out of print?
Posted: Feb 6, 2009 2:05 pm
kogar swings!
Posted: Feb 6, 2009 3:48 pm
oops, sorry, meant say volume 12 coming sometime...
Posted: Feb 6, 2009 8:45 pm
The Cramp's version of "Lonesome Town" and the opening scream on their demo of "Love Me" are two of the most terrifyingly beautiful moments in Rock 'n' Roll.
Posted: Feb 7, 2009 2:14 am
Your labor of love is much appreciated:


P.S. I bought SONGS THE CRAMPS TAUGHT US at Crypt in Hamburg at the time. Maybe you can check over there? (cryptrecords@hamburg.de)
Posted: Feb 7, 2009 6:41 am
yeah, i was hoping for something a bit more local...i think i got them from bomp when they came out, but all they have listed are the lp's, which i don't think have same number of songs...
Posted: Feb 7, 2009 9:33 am
the vaults are really starting to open...

someone sent this to me today...


The Cramps
IRS Demos
"6.77" (as listed on master cass.) most likely, 79...
no producer or location listed.
Memphis sessions outtakes at Sun Studios.****

source: IRS Master in-house cass. > CASS1 (this) > CDR > Flac > Sickosphere!

1-8 : Whats behind the mask
(various takes and mixes) some alt. vocals..??

9. Rock On The Moon (take 1)
10. Rock on the Moon (take 2)
11. Rock on the Moon (take 3)
12. false start
13. Rock on the Moon (take 4)

14. Daddy Drives A UFO (as listed on master)
****you can clearly hear Alex Chilton say "ROLLIN.." at the beg of take!
14. take 2 (same take- alt mix and possibly vocal)

Posted: Feb 7, 2009 9:44 am
Posted: Feb 7, 2009 2:58 pm
Wow is me, too.

Posted: Feb 7, 2009 5:08 pm
Village Voice does it again...

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/archives/2009/02/remembering_the_1 .php

The article is terrible but the readers comments are excellent...
Posted: Feb 8, 2009 6:23 pm
Looking back at seeing The Cramps in the mid nineties. I was in my early 20's and thought anything over 30 was old. I remember thinking that Lux looked great for a guy in his mid 30's! Little did I know I was off by about 15 years.
Posted: Feb 8, 2009 6:52 pm
The article is terrible but the readers comments are excellent...
Posted: Feb 8, 2009 7:31 pm | Edited by: No Big Thing
I thought this was one of the better remembrances I've seen, and a nice thing to get the taste of that horrible VV article out of your mouth.

Posted: Feb 8, 2009 7:36 pm
Shit, mang!
Posted: Feb 9, 2009 7:50 am
A good tribute with one fuck-up:

They exposed the mainstream freaks and weirdos like the Misfits and Marilyn Manson, who scared and titillated the dollars out of suburban kiddies' pockets, to be the frauds they were. The Cramps didn't try to be out there, they were out there.

The Cramps probably sold literally 10 times the records the Misfits sold during their existence. Maybe more. No one outside a small pocket of the u-ground had any clue the Misfits existed until many years after they were gone. Cramps were "out there," but so was Manson and so was that group of kids in wacky costumes in NJ. Kinda pointless to even raise this point. I've always heard Lux was a pretty down to earth dude, anyway.

Listening to Bad Music right now. Rockin n Reelin in Auckland New Zealand is next. The only good thing about Lux's death is it got me to listen to more Cramps.
Posted: Feb 9, 2009 10:54 am
The article is terrible but the readers comments are excellent...

hell yeah!

while every person and by extension, every band, artist, etc. means something different to everyone... the voice's "writer" was most DEFINITELY clueless
Posted: Feb 9, 2009 10:58 am
Todd, I'm pretty sure whoever wrote that was talking about later Misfits sans GIZNAD...still a dumb, moot point but whatever
Posted: Feb 9, 2009 1:03 pm
Posted: Feb 10, 2009 1:40 pm

updated with some info...
Posted: Feb 10, 2009 1:50 pm | Edited by: Chicken
if you just read this thread out of the blue, it is INSANE!

Posted: Feb 10, 2009 1:59 pm
just read about "aortic dissection" - which was the cause of death - yikes... sounds painful & awful… poor guy…
Posted: Feb 11, 2009 5:25 pm
One of the best rock interviews I've read was with LUX and Ivy in RIP magazine in the late 80's, probably the Halloween issue. LUX stated he couldn't stand the intellectualization of rock and roll, and that it was the most base form of entertainment, meant to be appreciated on a primal level.

He'd rather listen to a teenager passionately rant about how much the Cramps suck rather than read some rock critics dissertation on why the Cramps were the greatest band ever.

Posted: Feb 12, 2009 10:07 am | Edited by: Alvo Jones has got a jones
That's a relief. I love that guy. I met him once and we talked about Ventures "Ventures in Space". Saw the Cramps at the Shaboo Inn in Willimantic CT in 1981, and it changed my brain chemistry forever. LONG LIVE LUX INTERIOR!!!

=== I WAS THERE!! I was about to comment when I read that! Lux RUINED ME!! I've had the uncontrollable HOTS for Ivy ever since.... He was so tall, and the ceiling SO low that I THINK I remember him banging his head. It was New Years Eve also (I believe...), not long after that the Shaboo was torched and never rebuilt... NOBODY (and I'm not gay!) could suck a microphone (or fill a screamingly tight pair of leather pants with a mic) like Lux Interior, Iggy is a close 2nd, but Lux was numero uno! I was on their website last year looking for tour dates, but none were to be had/close... I was IN SHOCK when my co-worker told me he'd passed away, I'm truly crush, truly.... Just remember IVY, He'll not soon be forgotten, as PUNKSNOTDEAD!!! , LUX INTERIOR - FTW!!!!
Posted: Feb 12, 2009 10:34 am
There were only about 50 people there, at most, that I can recall. Or maybe it just seemed that way. It was certainly not close to sold out. That was the best Cramps show I ever saw, and I have seen many...I think they even did "Beautiful Gardens"...
Posted: Feb 12, 2009 3:13 pm
king coffey (butthole surfers) on the death of lux:


Quote from: King on 04 February 2009, 17:16:14
I'm really bummed about this. I love me some Cramps - love me some
Lux Interior.

I wanted to be in a band mostly because of the Cramps. I played
"Songs the Lord Taught Us" over and over and over in high school. I
though maybe I could be Lux Interior. Um, no. I'm kind of too shy.
I thought maybe I could be Ivy Rorschach. Um, no. I'm just not that
cool, and guitar playing seems kinda hard. I thought maybe I could be
Nick Knox - wait, yes! I can do that! I think to a large degree the
simple caveman beats the Cramps used so well influenced how I play
(tho I also later got into the Blue Cheer psych heavy-tom drums and
also loved The Gang of Four art-school style of drumming - I think all
those influences are there - - but it all started with the Cramps).

I saw them a couple of years ago at Stubb's and they absolutely killed
it. I was reminded why they are possibly my favorite band. Ivy is
the coolest guitar player ever (um, besides our own Fort, but I think
even he would recognize that Ivy is "cooler"). And Lux, damn - he is
a ultimate front man. Scary and funny.

One time we opened up for the Cramps in DC on New Years. I was a
nervous wreck. I mean, it's the Cramps. My heroes. I never get star
struck. Celebrity-status really means nothing to me. But these
people changed my life.

And when they arrived for soundcheck, they arrived. Fur coats,
leather, sunglasses. You could tell their image isn't just something
they slap on 5 minutes before hitting the stage. They ARE the Cramps
- 24/7. Honestly, I was too nervous to speak to them all evening.

When Ivy asked me (in the thickest Joisy accent I think I have ever
heard), "Can I put my amp he-ah?" I stammered, "Y-y-y-yes!" (I was
thinking "I love you - don't hurt me - I love you - damn, you're

My bandmates were less terrified than I was, and actually hung out
with them in their dressing room. They said they were all incredibly
nice, sweet (and funny) people. I was just in awe that I was in the
same building as them.

Anyway, Lux - I love you. You were, and are, and always will be, the
Posted: Feb 13, 2009 9:06 am
In case you're not aware, Lindsay Hutton from The Next Big Thing & Rockin Bones zines has a blog with a bunch posted:


I found Kid Congo's blog through it just now:

Posted: Feb 13, 2009 9:59 am
Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds will be playing a show in Belgium in april!
Posted: Feb 13, 2009 11:08 am
From Lux's brother:


Check out the second photo of a young Lux in 1956 with glasses and Akron shirt.
Posted: Feb 13, 2009 11:35 am
Posted: Feb 13, 2009 11:46 am
From Lux's brother:

that was really beutiful, and the best piece iv'e read so far.
Posted: Feb 13, 2009 12:06 pm
great interview! thanks for sharing!
Posted: Feb 13, 2009 12:23 pm
hardy har har.
Posted: Feb 13, 2009 1:34 pm
are we having fun yet?
Posted: Feb 13, 2009 1:52 pm
Posted: Feb 13, 2009 2:28 pm
He'd rather listen to a teenager passionately rant about how much the Cramps suck rather than read some rock critics dissertation on why the Cramps were the greatest band ever.

think Greil Marcus, the intellectual rock & roll critic

i have the same problem with film reviews - most of the essays are irritating pseudo-intellectual twaddle " Q&A’s at film festivals proof me right: most of the film makers don’t like their films to be analysed to the extreme " it’s the soul that counts.
Posted: Feb 13, 2009 3:15 pm
Well, you pick the tune
And you slap the bass
I'll play the rhythm and I'll set the pace
But we gotta get with it
got no time to waste
Well, we gotta get with it
Gonna rock it tonight
We gotta get with it
Everything's all right
We gotta get with it
Get some lovin' tonight
Get-o with it!

Well, you take the brunette
And you take the blond
I'll take what's left
And we're gonna have fun
But we gotta get with it
You son of a gun
Well, we gotta get with it
Gonna rock it tonight
We gotta get with it
Everything's all right
We gotta get with it
Gonna rock it tonight
Oh, Rock-it!
Oh! Rock-it!

Well, we gotta have a downbeat
We gonna have a ball
Get 'em on their feet
Gonna rock 'em all
But we gotta get with it
Before this night is gone
Well, we gotta get with it ha-ha
Gonna rock it tonight
We gotta get with it
Everything's all right
We gotta get with it
Gonna rock it tonight

Get with it - Charlie Feathers
Posted: Feb 17, 2009 3:26 pm
For those of you who listen to NPR, Sound Opinions gave props to Lux Interrior on their show "Unconventional Love." You can download it here:


And yes, that's me talking at the end of the show. I hate my voice (I cringed when I heard myself say "gnarliest"), but I really wanted to make sure they talked about Lux. I wrote out my call spur-of-the-moment so it's cheesy, but I really do feel that way.
Posted: Feb 19, 2009 3:24 pm
coming soon, an interview with lux and ivy from a french radio show in 1991!

i'll post it later today/tonight...
Posted: Feb 19, 2009 4:30 pm
Thanks to Patrick for acquiring this for download, and Gildas for making it available for others.
here is a bit from gildas about the interview.

We had to make a deal a few weeks earlier : we gotta swear we’re not going to tell anyboby about L & I’s visit, or they won’t come. The Cramps just finished an European tour - the last show was in Greece (Rodon), and before going back to LA, L & I accepted the suggestion of their French label (Vogue) to promote their brand new album Look Mom No Head in some chosen parts of France (Paris, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Montpellier, etc...). Most of the meetings with the indie medias took place in hotels living rooms or FNAC (big “culture” shop in France) ... Except in Toulouse were the whole stuff happened in rockin’ as hell studios of Radio FMR. Live in Dig It ! radio show, to be more precise.

The couple arrived at the fixed hour. Lux, of course, had his splendid cane with a silver knob, and Ivy was wearing her leopard coat. Both being a little sick (influenza). Well, it was in fact a little crowdy around the studio, as we couldn’t manage to tell a few Cramps-maniacs … buddies that would never have excused us otherwise … The interview lasted about an hour, we spoke about the new album, of course, including Iggy’s visit in the studio during the recording, about B-movies too, and also about Bordeaux wines which L & I had tasted the day before, including a special vatful of the Vampire selection that they particularly appreciated. "A 13 degrees wine" specified Ivy. And the girl whose taking care of phone calls at the radio told us that listeners were calling from all the region to ask it was REALLY L & I there in the studio ...

After the show, L & I stayed to drink a few glasses of wine to the bar of the radio. "This place looks like one of those radio stations of the 50’s where you could enter to see the DJ and speak with him" said Lux to the journalist of La Dépêche du Midi (a newspaper) before dedicating me, the way you know now, a copy of the single "Eyeball In My Martini". Ivy wrote a more neutral but very decorative "Wipe Out"... And the couple left ... We stayed to drink a few more bottles and our eyes suddenly shone a litle more.

The interview was issued in Abus Dangereux fanzine, early 1992...

Part One


Part Two


I actually haven’t had a chance to listen to much of it, but it’s something that really hasn’t seen the light of day until today. Unless you happened to be in france in 1991…
Posted: Mar 13, 2009 12:05 pm
for those of you that want to know about Lux's Funeral

really good read
Posted: Mar 13, 2009 12:39 pm
Thanks for posting that. It sounds like a perfect send off...Lux was a lucky man. He had a soul partner who respected and honored his essential being...and so many people who loved him...he is greatly missed already. I found an autograph he gave me... it had an eye with tears pouring out...
Posted: Mar 13, 2009 12:56 pm
that was beautiful.
Posted: Mar 13, 2009 2:18 pm
What a beautiful send off. Thanks for the post, Gore.

And more is revealed about the hitchhiking story! Wow!
Posted: Mar 19, 2009 2:48 pm
Wow. Now that's a romance. I want a Ding Dong Daddy from Diddy Wah Diddy to talk about me like that.

Suitably sent off in style.
Posted: May 16, 2009 9:24 pm

Miriam's year with the Cramps.
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