RIP Cramps' Lux Interior

RIP Cramps' Lux Interior
Vocalist for NYC horror-punk-rockabilly legends passes away.
Updated: 02-05-2009
Lux Interior, co-founder of the influential NYC horrorpunks The Cramps, died on Wednesday, February 4 in Glendale, CA. Cause of death is listed as a pre-existing heart condition. He was 62.

Born Erick Lee Purkhiser in Ohio, Interior took his stage name from a car commercial. In 1972 he met Kristy Wallace while she was hitchhiking. Taking the name Poison Ivy, she played guitar while Interior sang for their band The Cramps. They took their band to New York City in 1975, becoming a part of the growing new punk scene there.

As The Cramps, the duo cranked out gritty distorted B-horror-influenced punkabilly with song titles like "Goo Goo Muck" and "Human Fly". Though the band never had a hit song and were often labeled as a cult band, they influenced a generation of punk and rockabilly acts.

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