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Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Cramps frontman Lux Interior R.I.P. (1946-2009)

Frontman and co-founder of the legendary American horror punk band the Cramps, Lux Interior died on Wed., Feb 4th, at the Glendale Memorial Hospital in Glendale, California. Born Erick Lee Purkhiser, Lux Interior was 62 years old at the time of his death. According to a press release issued by his wife and Cramps guitarist Kristy “Poison Ivy Rorschach” Wallace, a pre-existing heart condition is attributed as the cause of death.

Lux Interior and Poison Ivy were married for over 37 years and moved the group from Los Angeles to Akron Ohio to New York City where they gained notoriety amidst the backdrop of the seminal CBGB's punk scene of New York in the 1970s.

The Cramps made their debut with their 1979 EP, Gravest Hits. Later albums, such as 1981's Psychedelic Jungle, and their mid-career retrospective, Bad Music For Bad People are iconic albums in the punk rock lexicon. The group's merger of horror and sci-fi imagery laced with punk, rockabilly and garge rock sounds is often imitated, but has never been rivaled.

The press release sent out by Poison Ivy goes on to say that “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."

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