RIP: Lux Interior
I am very sad.
Cramps Frontman Lux Interior R.I.P. [Pitchfork]
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.
The family requests that you respect their privacy during this difficult time.
The Cramps were a huge part of my teenage years.
I only got to see them live a handful of times, but I have always loved their music.
Even when I eventually got tired of conventional rock music, per se, I really appreciated Lux and Ivy's devotion to obscure mutant rock and roll and obsessive record collecting.
Lux was like Screaming Jay Hawkins, The Mad Daddy (or Ghoulardi - take your pick), Iggy and countless wild Southern rockabilly rebels all rolled into one being. He was Frank N. Furter’s white trash cousin; Lux and Ivy came from their own damn planet. The Cramps never lost sight of Rock music’s hillbilly roots, even as rock critics attempt to sweep that fact under a rug. Their music was far from being a corn-ball nostalgia trip; they played music as if the 60’s never happened and inhabited an alternate reality where Elvis may have died, but he never got bloated and old.