He was 62. Poison Ivy. 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. (I preferred them with a second guitar and no bass, though.
Either way, Ivy proffered her black-lace-gloved hand to be kissed before leaving, and I walked off in a daze. 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. I was lucky to see them many times after that. The cause was heart failure, said Aleix Martinez, the band’s publicist. I never saw Lux again–except onstage–after that time, but I’ve always kept a warm memory. 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. Among the many records he played me were the first two Sex Pistols, which I hadn’t heard. I was 22 and didn’t know shit. Saw The Cramps open for The Ramones at My Fathers Place In L.I. They took stage names and became regulars at CBGB and Max’s Kansas City, and they later married. He died Wednesday morning, not Tuesday. They were a perfect rock and roll band.Great photo. in I think 77. 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. Rock ’n’ roll is who you are.
Lux Interior (Eric Lee Purkiser) died today (Feb. 4th, 2009) at 4:30 AM in a hospital in Glendale, California of a heart ailment. 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.
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). Post was not sent - check your email addresses!
He was also the first person to tell me about Ray Dennis Steckler, who predeceased Lux by just a few days.
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. Crap!
Their line-up rotated much over their existence, with the husband and wife duo of lead singer Lux Interior and lead guitarist Poison Iv… 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’ll never forget the seemingly foot high stack of hair atop Lux’s head when he ambled on stage. Lux Interior of the Cramps has died. 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.
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. Peppermint Lounge off Times Square just a few months after I moved here and they were phenomenal!
He was truly the last of a breed. 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.
)First Ron Asheton, now Lux, both dead at 60 from heart ailments; are these bad omens for 2009? The Cramps were an American punk rock band formed in 1976 and active until 2009. Lux Interior (Eric Lee Purkiser) died today (Feb. 4th, 2009) at 4:30 AM in a hospital in Glendale, California of a heart ailment. He is survived by his fabulous wife and fellow Cramps bandmate, Kristy Wallace, a.k.a.
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). He was 62.
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, the singer, songwriter and founding member of the pioneering New York City horror-punk band the Cramps, died Wednesday.
Interior, whose real name was Erick Lee Purkhiser, died at Glendale Memorial Hospital of a previously-existing heart … You can’t call the Cramps music. Read more Cramps founder Lux Interior dies at 60. mine was certainly one of the lives he changed. 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. 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. Lux Interior, the singer, songwriter and founding member of the pioneering New York City horror-punk band the Cramps, died Wednesday.
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. (I offer the heresy that Lux was a better front man than Iggy!)
It’s noise, rockin’ noise.”, Lux Interior, 62, Singer in the Punk-Rock Era, Is Dead. 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.
Dynamic Duos II: God’s Army – Johnny & Luther Htoo, Friday’s 5 45’s — Guitar Slingers (and big dick swingers…). R.I.P. It’s much more than music. Lux Interior and Poison Ivy performing in New York in 1986. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.
The Cramps, are an American garage punk band, formed in 1973. I met Lux during the month or so he worked at the Strand (where I worked for three years). 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!) 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 above photo was taken by Stephanie Chernokowski in the fall of 1977.
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