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Lux Interior, lead singer of The Cramps, dead at 52.
posted by you just lost the game (149 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
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posted by Rykey at 4:59 PM on February 4, 2009


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posted by Kinbote at 5:00 PM on February 4, 2009


Oh my God.
posted by Astro Zombie at 5:03 PM on February 4, 2009


Don't eat stuff off the sidewalk.
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posted by Balisong at 5:03 PM on February 4, 2009


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posted by echolalia67 at 5:04 PM on February 4, 2009


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posted by orbit at 5:04 PM on February 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


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posted by grippycat at 5:05 PM on February 4, 2009


RIP, Lux. Thanks for your own great music and telling the world about tons more.
posted by jonmc at 5:06 PM on February 4, 2009


Got 96 tears in 96 eyes.

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posted by melgy at 5:06 PM on February 4, 2009 [8 favorites]


Oh no. This really sucks. The Cramps were an amazing band. I mean, they had it all: awesome music, awesome look, awesome live show. I feel so sorry for Poison Ivy, I can't imagine losing someone you've been that close to for that long. I'm gonna put on "Songs The Lord Taught Us" and maybe watch some bad 50s B-movies in memoriam.
posted by DecemberBoy at 5:07 PM on February 4, 2009


. He was actually 60.
posted by Dee Xtrovert at 5:08 PM on February 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


Sad news. He's Lux fronting the Cramps from 1978 ripping it up at a mental hospital.

The Way I Walk
posted by Catblack at 5:09 PM on February 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


I don't think whiskey is appropriate for this one. Maybe a taste of straight strychnine in memoriam.
posted by adipocere at 5:09 PM on February 4, 2009


Rest in, idunno, something that isn't exactly peace.
posted by UbuRoivas at 5:11 PM on February 4, 2009


All my favorite bands are dead. R.I.P Lux, be cool Ivy.

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posted by Ron Thanagar at 5:12 PM on February 4, 2009


So sad. Apparently the news of Lux Interior's death is spreading all over the world--the president's calling an emergency meeting; the king of Siam sent a telegram, saying "Wop bop a loop a lop a lop boom bam."

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posted by mattdidthat at 5:13 PM on February 4, 2009 [3 favorites]


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posted by boo_radley at 5:14 PM on February 4, 2009


I suppose he'll finally find out what was behind the green door. Godspeed.
posted by malocchio at 5:14 PM on February 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


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posted by 235w103 at 5:15 PM on February 4, 2009


> He was actually 60.

Damn it...I got 52 from the story in Billboard. If there are any admins floating around who want to change it, that would be great.
posted by you just lost the game at 5:15 PM on February 4, 2009


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posted by Drainage! at 5:16 PM on February 4, 2009


From the comments section of that post:
Girlie Action's website does not list the Cramps or Lux as clients.

So, is this true? Is he really dead? So far, all of the stories I've read about this go back to this single Daily Swarm post.
posted by NoMich at 5:18 PM on February 4, 2009


That should be...story in Billboard.
posted by you just lost the game at 5:21 PM on February 4, 2009


wierd-ass jonmc digression ahead.

Man, Billy Powell and Lux in the space of just a few days, that's a loss. Superficially, some would say that these two men and each one's music was diametrically opposed to the others. Many of those who say that would even be in each performer's audience, which is a damned shame, since as a music fan I've derived a great deal of pleasure out of both men's contributions to rock music, and to my ears they were more alike than they were different. I' miss 'em both already.
posted by jonmc at 5:24 PM on February 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


Bah.

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posted by lekvar at 5:26 PM on February 4, 2009


NoMich, it's true.

I love this quote from Lux: “Rock’n'roll is so great that everyone in the world should think it’s the greatest thing that’s happening. If they don’t, they’re turds.”
posted by queensissy at 5:27 PM on February 4, 2009 [9 favorites]


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posted by readery at 5:29 PM on February 4, 2009


What am I supposed to be seeing on that page? All I see is a photo, some contact info and this block of text:

UNOFFICIAL CRAMPS MYSPACE PAGES
We are aware that there are a number of sites in the Myspace community that are either purporting to be by The Cramps, Lux Interior, Poison Ivy or claiming to be in contact with The Cramps and able to pass messages on to management. To clarify, The Cramps do not have any pages on Myspace.com and we are not in contact with any of the individuals responsible for these unofficial sites. There are no current plans to establish an official Myspace page for The Cramps, and in the event that we decide to create one, we will be posting the details on thecramps.com in advance and have a link from this site.
posted by NoMich at 5:30 PM on February 4, 2009


I love this quote from Lux: “Rock’n'roll is so great that everyone in the world should think it’s the greatest thing that’s happening. If they don’t, they’re turds.”

Oh wow. That is the most perfect thing to say ever. I'm gonna have that tattooed over the entire surface area of my skin.
posted by DecemberBoy at 5:31 PM on February 4, 2009


Holy fuck. I still remember hearing Songs the Lord Taught Us for the first time and having my mind blown. And much later, reading Lux's hilariously strange Epitaph in this book. I never even got around to seeing them.

Also, jon, I'm listening to Skynyrd right now so please get out of my brain.
posted by Roman Graves at 5:32 PM on February 4, 2009


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posted by fleetmouse at 5:32 PM on February 4, 2009


NoMich: it just confirms that Girlie Action does rep the Cramps, is all...
posted by queensissy at 5:33 PM on February 4, 2009


Woo ee ah ah
Woo ee ah ah
Woo ee ah ah
Woo ee ah ah
Wooooeeeeahhhhhhhhhhh damn.
posted by waraw at 5:34 PM on February 4, 2009


Fuck. This bites.
posted by small_ruminant at 5:39 PM on February 4, 2009


Well, googoofuck.
posted by sourwookie at 5:41 PM on February 4, 2009



posted by Smart Dalek at 5:41 PM on February 4, 2009


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Surf on, bird.
posted by trip and a half at 5:42 PM on February 4, 2009


His performance in URGH A MUSIC WAR doing The Cramps' rendition of I Was a Teenage Werewolf while he deep-throated the mic and his pants crept perilously lower and lower is forever etched in my brain and is part of what makes me what I am today... thanks, Lux.
posted by Ron Thanagar at 5:43 PM on February 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


dammit

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posted by Bighappyfunhouse at 5:44 PM on February 4, 2009


'member when they all worked at Music Maze on Second Avenue. They sold me all my new wave records and were very polite. I rode the bus downtown with Mr. Interior and the girl and the guy with the really hollow cheeks onetime. I didn't even know they were a band until much later.
posted by Faze at 5:46 PM on February 4, 2009


*puts on sunglasses*
posted by hellboundforcheddar at 5:47 PM on February 4, 2009


God Damn Rock 'n Roll the kinda stuff that don't save souls - ain't nuthin' good about it that i know - yea i dig that goddamn rock 'n' roll

Thanks Lux

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posted by Sailormom at 5:48 PM on February 4, 2009


I was hanging around in a record store on Bleecker Street in NYC in 1983 or so when Lux and Ivy walked in. We spent a while chatting about things I can't even remember now. What I do remember is how soft-spoken and unassuming they both were.

The crowd at that night's show was as adrenalin-pumped and violent as at any hardcore punk show I'd ever seen. While the Gun Club played the opener, some guy jumped on a girl, threw her to the ground, and started punching her in the face. The bouncers jumped on him, dragged him to the back, and beat his head against the wall a few times before I stopped looking and went out to get some air.

When the Cramps finally came on, Lux kept throwing himself into the crowd like he didn't care if they tore off his limbs. Somehow he made it back to the stage every time. I don't know which was the real Lux, the sweet record geek I met that afternoon or the psychotic preacher I saw that night, but may they both Rest in Peace.
posted by fuzz at 5:48 PM on February 4, 2009 [5 favorites]


Wow. Lux defined cool.
posted by DieHipsterDie at 5:48 PM on February 4, 2009


He'll be back.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 5:53 PM on February 4, 2009 [4 favorites]


i just... i can't believe i will never see the Cramps again... my heart goes out to Poison Ivy.

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posted by lapolla at 5:55 PM on February 4, 2009


All right, I have written my first entry in the Essential Ghoul's Guide in ages. This breaks me up.
posted by Astro Zombie at 5:57 PM on February 4, 2009


So, I guess it wasn't an eyeball in the center of his brain. :-\
posted by katillathehun at 5:57 PM on February 4, 2009


Download links to "Lux & Ivy's Favorites," a fan-created compilation, plus the vid from Urgh mentioned above.
posted by waraw at 5:57 PM on February 4, 2009


DAMMIT.
posted by pxe2000 at 5:58 PM on February 4, 2009


Ouch.

Ouch ouch ouch ouch.

Worst part is now there will be a movie.

Best part about that is that LUX LIVES!

Also: Sexiest pants ever.

Stupid period

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posted by humannaire at 5:58 PM on February 4, 2009


Hell
posted by Max Power at 6:00 PM on February 4, 2009


The Cramps are totally a part of me. A really good part. Thanks Lux.
posted by merocet at 6:03 PM on February 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


I liked The Cramps, but surprisingly, felt that their recorded albums were a bit too restrained...

For me, it was all about this album, and especially, this song, which I loved, loved, loved... and still do.

Shake well, serve live with excessive alcohol and the sweat of young clove-smoking teens.
posted by markkraft at 6:06 PM on February 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


I remember listening to a Cramps record, among other newly discovered punk-rock in the late seventies, and my mom stopped by room and asked tentatively:

"Um. Honey? Don't you have any of the nice KISS music anymore. You're worrying your father."
posted by tkchrist at 6:10 PM on February 4, 2009 [5 favorites]


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posted by vibrotronica at 6:16 PM on February 4, 2009


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According to MTV the Cramps just toured in November, and I had no idea. I'm crushed.
posted by JoanArkham at 6:24 PM on February 4, 2009


No. no no no. goddamn it. we'll miss you, Lux.

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posted by JT at 6:26 PM on February 4, 2009


Take a magic carpet to the olden days. To a mythical land where everybody lays. Around in the clouds in a happy daze in Kizmiaz...Kizmiaz. Flamingos stand easy on bended knees. Palm trees wave over tropical seas of azure waves and lazy breeze in Kizmiaz...Kizmiaz. Over raspberry skies spires of the Shaz. Point to the heavens that this place has. You would swim all the way from Alcatraz to Kizmiaz...Kizmiaz. It lies on the horizon in a golden haze. No one believes their eyes the legend says. Held hypnotized in a frozen gaze on Kizmiaz...Kizmiaz. The vibrations kiss the ships would pass. Kizmiaz...Kizmiaz.

Enjoy the ride, Lux, and I hope you've found your Kizmiaz.
posted by ashbury at 6:26 PM on February 4, 2009


God, this breaks my heart. I'm incredibly grateful to have seen them live, one of the best acts I have ever seen.
posted by padraigin at 6:28 PM on February 4, 2009


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posted by Pecinpah at 6:29 PM on February 4, 2009


OH MY GOD! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!
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posted by msconduct at 6:29 PM on February 4, 2009


Aw, that's sad. I never liked their music back in the day, but I found watching all the videos in this thread that their music actually stands the test of time a lot better than I would have thought.
posted by Forktine at 6:30 PM on February 4, 2009


The song that was playing at my wedding was "Can Your Pussy Do The Dog?"

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[and I was trying to remember when I'd seen them when I was in high school - this handy list of Cramps tour dates should help others with that... July 6, 1986]
posted by jessamyn at 6:30 PM on February 4, 2009 [2 favorites]


No way

I hope he tears it up whereever he goes

Thanks Lux
posted by mattoxic at 6:31 PM on February 4, 2009


First Ron Asheton, now Lux. 2009 is a bad year for rock n' roll.

P.S. Anyone who saw my diary on the Cramps & Gun Club knows how I felt about this band.
posted by ornate insect at 6:44 PM on February 4, 2009


aw, crap.

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posted by porn in the woods at 6:46 PM on February 4, 2009


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Met them once backstage at SF Halloween show at the Warfield. Great band, very nice people.
posted by whatever at 6:49 PM on February 4, 2009


Oh no! I was just listening to the Cramps yesterday.
What a great band. I really loved them.

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posted by tiger yang at 6:53 PM on February 4, 2009


oh, fucking hell.
posted by Space Kitty at 6:54 PM on February 4, 2009


NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
posted by popechunk at 6:58 PM on February 4, 2009


Ooof. That one hurt.

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posted by Heretic at 7:02 PM on February 4, 2009


A 21 bikini girl with machine guns salute to Lux. Stay Sick got a good workout on my boombox growing up.
posted by dr_dank at 7:08 PM on February 4, 2009


Songs the Lord Taught Us was the first record album I ever bought. This was after records had died, so it was when I was 16, already a punk, but had never heard of the cramps--just went to get something from the used bin to play on my second hand stereo. I thought they'd sound like Danzig or something when I bought it, but I was on fire from the first freakout note. I haven't looked back since.

Stay sick motherfuckers.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:18 PM on February 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


Oh god, poor Ivy.

Let's get fucked up.

Let's get fuuuucked...uuuuup.

Let's do some stuff....

And get fuuuuuucked uuuuuuuuup...

posted by infinitywaltz at 7:24 PM on February 4, 2009


His performance in URGH A MUSIC WAR doing The Cramps' rendition of I Was a Teenage Werewolf while he deep-throated the mic and his pants crept perilously lower and lower is forever etched in my brain and is part of what makes me what I am today... thanks, Lux.

I pretty much came in here to say exactly that (but wasn't it "Tear It Up"?). I said "Oh no! Lux Interior died!" and ROU_Xenophobe said "Who's that?", and I said "If you'd ever seen Urgh! A Music War you'd know...believe me, you'd know...his pants were...distressing."

Thanks, I'm tearing (it) up a bit.
posted by biscotti at 7:26 PM on February 4, 2009


infinity: Yessir.
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posted by Samizdata at 7:30 PM on February 4, 2009


Dammit. The world was a better place with Lux Interior in it. This sucks.

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posted by BitterOldPunk at 7:38 PM on February 4, 2009


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posted by omnidrew at 8:00 PM on February 4, 2009


Biscotti: I thought the same thing. The Cramps' version of "Tear it Up" in Urgh! stayed permanently affixed in my brain. And the fact that those pants never slipped an iota was amazing.
posted by Raymond Marble at 8:01 PM on February 4, 2009


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Well, this is a bad start to the year.
posted by Mael Oui at 8:06 PM on February 4, 2009


Awwww shiiiiiiit ...

Not a week goes by that I don't hear a Cramps song on one of the weekly radio shows that I keep up with, or just thrusting itself spontaneously into my head.

RIP

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posted by intermod at 8:06 PM on February 4, 2009


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posted by ZeroDivides at 8:07 PM on February 4, 2009


Damn - that one really kicked me in the stomach.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 8:08 PM on February 4, 2009


See ya Lux! I had the pleasure of working with you twice and it was wild. The first time my old band opened for you with the Slickee Boys and the Teen Idles. The second time was a New Years eve show with the Butthole Surfers. Man, those were crazy times. I'll see ya later behind that Green Door.
posted by doctorschlock at 8:10 PM on February 4, 2009


Man, that's too bad.
posted by chococat at 8:10 PM on February 4, 2009


I don't really believe in an afterlife, but I'd like to imagine that Lux, Dee Dee Ramone and Bob Stinson are passing around a Carbona-soaked rag while watching Hasil Adkins perform right now.
posted by DecemberBoy at 8:14 PM on February 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


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posted by mike3k at 8:21 PM on February 4, 2009


ornate insect, where was I when you made that post? The Gun Club's Fire of Love is an album that was very close to my heart back in the day (despite some of its, um, troubling aspects) and which I still think brilliant.

I never saw The Cramps, bad timing more than anything else. I sure as hell saw the Gun Club though, with Pat on bass and Kid Congo on guitar. I remember it vividly to this day.

And godspeed, Lux.
posted by jokeefe at 8:21 PM on February 4, 2009


One more whose first experience was staring at the screen with my jaw on the floor watching a scratchy rental tape of "Urrgh" - It's cool though, the bones will be nailed up on the wall...
posted by jalexei at 8:26 PM on February 4, 2009


I can't hardly stand it.



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Goodbye, you beautiful monster.
posted by louche mustachio at 8:26 PM on February 4, 2009


My old band The Brimstones got to open for the Cramps at Irving Plaza in 2006. Getting us that show was the peak for my musical career. We practically lived and breathed the Cramps. Garbageman was one of the first songs I played on stage. TV Set came shortly after. Seeing the Cramps/Bomboras tour was what convinced of a lot of things that I hadn't even known I need convincing of. The only band that came close to being this influential to me was the Misfits and we all know what happened to them. Thankfully, the Cramps kept it until the end.
posted by Brainy at 8:27 PM on February 4, 2009


I remember seeing the Cramps in the late '80s and all I could think about was how did Lux find high-heel pumps in his size. I had never seen anything like him in the shit town i was from and I loved it.

r.i.p.
posted by photoslob at 8:30 PM on February 4, 2009


damm. can't find my mind.

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posted by lester's sock puppet at 8:31 PM on February 4, 2009


"You gotta live until you're dead. You gotta rock 'til you see red. Now do you understand?"
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 8:33 PM on February 4, 2009


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posted by hillabeans at 8:43 PM on February 4, 2009


A friend of mine and I once spray pained Goo Goo Muck on the front of an abandoned farm house in big green letters. You were fucking awesome Lux.
posted by PHINC at 8:48 PM on February 4, 2009


Damn.
posted by goshling at 8:53 PM on February 4, 2009


You ain't no punk, you punk.
posted by dirtdirt at 8:56 PM on February 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


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posted by mephron at 9:26 PM on February 4, 2009


When I think of Bad Music For Bad People, I remember the DesPlaines train into Chicago, and the bitter, bitter winters, and steampunky old Walkman made of metal that froze in the cold and devoured batteries, and the thrill of the city and Rose Records and Columbia College and all those people, the wonderful, jarring frozen crowds....

and Dr Demento, weirdly enough, because that's where I'd first heard TV Set, back in grade school.
That guitar solo never fails to kill me.

rip lux
posted by maryh at 9:50 PM on February 4, 2009 [2 favorites]


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posted by schyler523 at 10:26 PM on February 4, 2009


The bikini girls have lowered their machine guns.
posted by deusdiabolus at 10:28 PM on February 4, 2009


Life is short,
Filled with stuff,
Dunno what for,
I ain't had enough....


Hope you found a new kind of kick, Lux.
posted by hydrophonic at 10:31 PM on February 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


stayed permanently affixed in my brain.

I was about 15, flipping through the channels one night when I came across this guy deep throating a mike (right about the 2:15 mark) ... dang, those pants! *whistles*

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posted by squeak at 10:32 PM on February 4, 2009


LUX MEANS BUX

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posted by Monsters at 10:39 PM on February 4, 2009


The one time I ever saw The Cramps live it was outdoors, and as soon as they came onstage it started raining. As soon as they left, it stopped. During their set, Lux went through a couple bottles of wine (most of it did not actually go into his mouth), and then smashed one of the bottles and used the jagged bottle edge to turn his pants into cutoffs.

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posted by LionIndex at 10:47 PM on February 4, 2009


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posted by gingerbeer at 11:08 PM on February 4, 2009


Great American rock, great American schlock. Just great. And good people, as everybody already said here -- Lux & Ivy made friends with everybody they met.

He seemed super-human. Not like Keith Richards, with super-human appetites. Just bigger and badder than anyone around. Some people like the '80s camp stuff best and I loved that too, but those first couple of nutty rockabilly performance art records were incredible, Alex Chilton and all, and "Psychedelic Jungle" is actually terrifying (and fun as hell).

Good luck and prayers the lord taught us to Ivy. I figured they'd live forever, that I'd take my kids to see 'em at the Disneyland Haunted House in 10 years. The Cramps are an LA institution ... by way of Ohio and Sacramento and New York.
posted by kenlayne at 11:18 PM on February 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


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posted by lupus_yonderboy at 11:48 PM on February 4, 2009


Bad Music for Bad People has been a quintessential summertime album for me for many years now, and I'm sorry to see Lux go.

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posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 1:52 AM on February 5, 2009


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posted by brevator at 2:28 AM on February 5, 2009


He showed us what it means to have good taste.

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posted by asok at 3:09 AM on February 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


Damn.

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posted by klausness at 4:14 AM on February 5, 2009


Well, that's a sucktastic way to start the morning.

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posted by Thorzdad at 4:22 AM on February 5, 2009


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posted by esmerelda_jenkins at 5:12 AM on February 5, 2009


Oh man, what a loss! I've been listening to "Human Fly" just three days ago! The Cramps was one of those bands that I've known since I was 14 or so and never stopped to listen to since...
posted by Bearded Dave at 5:15 AM on February 5, 2009


papa-moo-wow-wow. Man.
posted by Duke999R at 5:18 AM on February 5, 2009


This really brings home the utility of the single period - I just don't have any words here.

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posted by Bango Skank at 5:24 AM on February 5, 2009


"life is short, filled with stuff. i don't know what for. i ain't had enough."

here's to finding new kinds of kicks...

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posted by saulgoodman at 6:44 AM on February 5, 2009


Psychedelic Jungle redeemed my teenage soul. & I was just singing Can't Find My Mind a couple days ago. Thanks Lux.

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posted by secretary bird at 6:44 AM on February 5, 2009


He seemed immortal to me.

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posted by Otis at 6:55 AM on February 5, 2009


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posted by elmono at 7:10 AM on February 5, 2009


Human fly, swatted. Sad, sad, sad, sad, sad.
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posted by the_very_hungry_caterpillar at 7:12 AM on February 5, 2009


Some of my earliest awareness of Punk dates back to seeing "The Cramps" and "The Nuns" spray-painted on a wall somewhere in San Francisco, in what must have been 1977 or 1978. I'm hazy on times, as that was the beginning of The Lost Years. They were all mixed up in there with Patti Smith, the Ramones, the real Heartbreakers (not Tom Petty and...), Iggy Pop, the Sex Pistols, et al, & that was an army that forever changed music. Godspeed, wherever a Cramp goes when he dies.
posted by Devils Rancher at 7:32 AM on February 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


Wow...I'll never forget being in college and finding with a thrill that someone had donated Flamejob to the Oakland Public Library's music collection...and putting "Naked Girl Falling Down the Stairs" on the playlist at my birthday party last year...
posted by kittyprecious at 7:37 AM on February 5, 2009


Mark my words, someday a talent-less freak will writhe onstage grunting into a microphone hanging from his lips while a band of sorts bangs out Ventures riffs behind him, and they will be revered as creatives. Fortunately, this will not happen until the times of globally-warmed eco-douchebags drinking premium priced ground water from plastic bottles which will never decompose. Until then, we're safe.
posted by Hovercraft Eel at 8:10 AM on February 5, 2009


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best show i ever saw. The Jockey Club, 1986. RIP, Mad Daddy.
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I'm gonna call my dad tonight and get some of his Lux stories...

(dad's a musician, and in a scene as small as Cleveland/Akron 1960s-present, everyone ends up knowing EVERYONE)

If I remember right, Lux et al were working in one of the record stores here at one point, same one Trent Reznor ended up at before NIN hit big. I lived for Cramps records as a kid. Fortunately, I had parents who played 'em for me.

(tkchrist -- there's a photo of me, age 5 or so, in my bedroom...on the walls? KISS and Blues Brothers posters...you can see the Fisher Price record player I'd play the Blondie and new wave albums my dad's music-store-worker-friends sent over for me).

R.I.P. Lux Interior -- best pants ever.
posted by bitter-girl.com at 10:41 AM on February 5, 2009


May he be buried with a record needle in his hand, rockin' his way into the Promised Land...

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posted by jonp72 at 11:16 AM on February 5, 2009


Saw them once in the mid 90s here in Charlotte. I remember him crawling across the stage with the microphone in his mouth and screaming. It was awesome.
posted by zzazazz at 11:58 AM on February 5, 2009


A friend sent me a link to this article that people might find interesting....
In 1978 The Cramps played a legendary gig at Napa State Mental Institute, California, 25 years later, artists Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard set about remaking the infamous video of that show... This is 'File under Sacred Music'
posted by jessamyn at 2:00 PM on February 5, 2009


A life in pictures, from the Guardian.
posted by needled at 2:30 PM on February 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


Mark my words, someday a talent-less freak will writhe onstage grunting into a microphone hanging from his lips while a band of sorts bangs out Ventures riffs behind him, and they will be revered as creatives. Fortunately, this will not happen until the times of globally-warmed eco-douchebags drinking premium priced ground water from plastic bottles which will never decompose. Until then, we're safe.

Uh, what? Please leave this thread.
posted by queensissy at 4:25 PM on February 5, 2009


A Date With Elvis was one of the first albums I ever bought... damn.
posted by swift at 6:50 PM on February 5, 2009


He was 62, not 52.
posted by Zambrano at 11:09 AM on February 6, 2009


I think waraw meant to post this upthread: Lux & Ivy's Favorites, in 11 volumes.
It started as a way to keep track of some of the songs Lux, and or Ivy, mentioned in THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE MUSIC BOOK. It was never really intended as anything but a way for a friend of mine and me to have 2 really kick ass compilations.

So we went about the arduous process of finding all the songs mentioned in that interview. It took a loooong time. We used the file sharing program, Napster, as well as our own personal collections. So, one thing lead to another and when word got around that these compilations were out there, they started being traded from fan to fan to fan. So, at some point I decided to put them up on Napster and let anyone who wanted them have them. As the years went buy, more interviews with Lux and Ivy kept popping up, and the list of songs they mentioned got longer and longer. This resulted in new volumes.

posted by carsonb at 7:54 AM on February 11, 2009


I haven't posted here in months - I've barely looked at the internet in months - but I just now learned of Lux's passing. Fuck. My all-time favorite rock n roll band is without a singer.

Fuck.
posted by item at 4:58 PM on February 26, 2009


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