Sad news from Glendale, CA: Lux Interior, lead singer of the legendary psychobilly band the Cramps, has passed away at the very young age of 60.
The Cramps spent the better part of three decades making some of the most crazed, manic, and at times downright hysterical music to ever be committed to vinyl or CD. From the early singles like "Human Fly" and "The Way I Walk" through more recent raveups like "Bikini Girls with Machine Guns" and "Surfin' Dead", the Cramps brought a campy B-movie sensibility to every sound they made, and Lux was the perfect frontman for their off-kilter groove.
Though band members came and went over the years, Interior (born Erick Lee Purkhiser) and his wife/guitar player Poison Ivy Rorschach (Kristy Marlana Wallace) were the core of the band from start to finish.
Reports are that the cause of death was a pre-existing heart condition.
In Lux's memory, here is one of my personal favorite Cramps tunes, "Garbage Man":