Lux Interior Tribute

Filed under:Uncategorized — posted by Jasper on 2009/02/08 @ 3:07 AM

As Many of You Know, Lux Interior Passed This Week, Due to A Pre Existing Heart Condition.

This News Really Hit Me Hard, Not Just as A Cramps Fan, But as A Rock Enthusiast.

Lux Was Everything That A Great Frontperson Should Be And More.  

Anyone Who Has Seen The Cramps Live Remembers Each Show To Be Unfogettable and Special in It’s Own Way.

I Was Lucky Enough To See Them Twice Live.  In 2003 and, I Believe, In 1999, Where Guitar Wolf and The Demolition Dollrods Opened.

This Might Sound Selfish, But I’m Deeply Saddened That I Will Never Get To See The Cramps Live Ever Again.  

I’m Also Frustrated That The Younger Generation Will Never Experience The Cramps Live.  

Another One of Our Heroes is Lost and No Modern Rock Band That I Am Aware of Is Capable of Leaving The Same Impression on an Audience.

I Have Recorded a Plan Nine Rock Show That is Dedicated Completely to Lux Interior and The Cramps.

Choosing a Songlist Was A Chore, Because They Have So Much Great Recorded Material.  I Also Own Some Live Recordings and A Radio Show That Lux Hosted in 1984 With Some Entertaining Speaking Segments.

The Piece is nearly an hour and a half of Cramps songs. It can be found here…

http://planninerockshow.punkrockdemo.com/p9episode_135.mp3

This is My Tribute To Lux Interior and The Cramps.

Thank You For All of The Happiness That Your Music Has Brought Into My Live.

Rest In Peace– Jasper

***Pasted From an Article Published on The LA Weekly Website*** For some of us, he was the embodiment of cool. The way he crawled, the way he climbed the speaker cabinets like a panther, the way that Poison Ivy, his wife and collaborator in the Cramps, looked at him with equal parts love and indifference. Lux Interior, born Erick Lee Purkhiser in 1948, was an icon, and his influence on American culture will only rise with his passing. In 2004, LA Weekly’s Jonny Whiteside wrote a great profile of his friends Poison and Lux, and captured the band’s essence: That exhilarating manifestation of deviant intent and skull-denting impact remains Lux and Ivy’s exclusive domain. Where punk rock was a barrage of refutation that fomented rabid exultation, the Cramps reclaimed the hillbilly power long since flushed down the Mersey. Through a self-stated “disdain for the myth of musical progress,” they melded their mutant propensities to emerge as a guiding voice in the wilderness, a commanding force that redefined the rock n roll spectrum while outgunning almost everyfuckingbody in the game.

The Cramps’ New York 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.



image: detail of installation by Bronwyn Lace