Lux Interior R.I.P.

Lux Interior (born Erick Lee Purkhiser), who formed the “psychobilly” combo the Cramps with his wife Poison Ivy in 1973, is dead at age 62.

I didn’t know that he grew up on Akron, OH. Were the Cramps at all part of the whole 70s Akron scene (with Devo, the Bizarros, Rubber City Rebels), or did they split for California and NYC too soon to participate?

I stole this clip from the 33 1/3 books blog: mesmerizing footage of the Cramps performing “The Way I Walk” at the Napa State Mental Hospital in 1978.

“Somebody told me you people are crazy, but I’m not so sure about that.  You seem to be all right to me.”

The lyrics seem appropriate to the audience (and their approach to dancing to a rock song): “The way I walk is just the way I walk/ The way I talk is just the way i talk/ The way I smile is just the way I smile.”  Lots of great moments; I love the guy with the tie pretending to sing into an imaginary mike.

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