The Cramps’ Lux Interior dead at 60

Lux Interior, lead singer of American punk rock band “The Cramps” has died today (February 4, 2009) at Glendale California due to a pre-existing heart condition. He was 60.

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Born Erick Lee Purkhiser on October 21, 1948 in Stow, Ohio, Lux was one of the band’s founding members.

Formed in 1976, The Cramps are widely recognized as pioneers of psychobilly and garage punk.

Lux and his wife Poison Ivy, the only permanent members of the group were part of the early CBGB punk movement that had emerged in New York.

The Cramps released 14 albums over the course of their career.

The Cramps’ publicist, Girlie Action, released the following statement:

For 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.

(Via The Daily Swarm)

Here’s a music video in honor of Lux. May you rest in peace (R.I.P.).

The Cramps – Naked Girl Falling Down The Stairs