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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Cramps Singer Lux Interior Dead at 60

With songs like "Human Fly," "Goo Goo Muck," and "Garbage Man" - Bad Music For Bad People is easily one of my favorite albums of all mike time (which moves remarkably faster and filthier than human time). Fusing rockabilly and punk and laying a thick coat of horror over the concoction, The Cramps created the template for an unmistakable style with Dr. Frankenstein precision. I remember first seeing the album cover on t-shirts worn by the coolest degenerates in my town and thought, "man, first thing I do after I buy those fireworks is buy that album, whoever the hell it is."

Frontman Lux Interior expired today at 60 and left behind a legacy worthy of a hastily-made Hollywood biopic. Ruminate if you have a moment: flirting with hard drugs, playing a mental institution in '78, wife Poison Ivy's part-time work as a dominatrix, and coining the term "psychobilly," laying the blood-soaked groundwork for bands like The Misfits, The Meteors, Demented Are Go, The Horrors, and of course James Blunt.

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