The Cramps are typically described as rockabilly meets campy horror, and you can probably think of at least a few imitators since. But to this day, whenever I put on Bad Music for Bad People, someone's ears perk up and they ask me, "Who's this?"
So Lux died the day I just got a new, devastating pair of speakers. I feel sorry for the other people in my building, because tongight I turn into a goo-goo muck tiger and a teenage beast.
I leave you with Lux, one of the best lead singers in rock history, and his wife, Poison Ivy, who picked him up as he was hitchhiking to L.A. many moons ago.
Just unearthed a custom-drawn shirt that was E.G.'s prize possession when he was a teenager -- a sort of rockabilly zombie wearing a Cramps button, and "bad music for bad people."
Thu 5 Feb, 2009 12:34 pm
Oh my, his pants were more than low, weren't they?
I was waiting to see the crack in his ass ....
Thu 5 Feb, 2009 01:01 pm
he sure could suck a good microphone
Thu 5 Feb, 2009 05:00 pm
Boomer - I loved that song! And 'What's inside a girl'.
I saw them early 90s at the ANU Bar.
I met a girl down the snow who lurved 'The Fly'.
Can't believe the LA Times calls them a punk band - they were garage rockabilly revivalists.
I even have three volumes of Born Bad - the series of albums they put together documenting their influences (and tracks they ripped off). Eg Boomer's song was originally 'Can your hossie do the dog?' by Del Raney's Umbrellas.
I praise Lux's singular vision and persistence.
Thu 5 Feb, 2009 05:10 pm
the one, the only, ron and fez show gave a tip of the hat to the cramps, by including them in todays show opener
Thu 5 Feb, 2009 09:23 pm
Oh. Oh. sigh. I had always wanted to see them again.