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Feb
09

The Cramps’ Lux Interior: 1948-2009

Whoever does sound in the afterlife is busy ordering backup mikes and stands: the great Lux Interior of the Cramps passed away earlier this week due to a heart condition.  The band hadn’t performed since November 2006, which means their around-Halloween show I caught at the Vic that year was among his last.  As always, Lux’s performance met that standard easily with its top-form speaker stack climbing, floor-writhing, mike-fellating and pants-challenging.

Like the Ramones, the Cramps perfectly resonated the dark side of golden-era pop, producing a liberating blast of pure freedom and abandon out of the firmament of rock and roll.  Since freedom – and the responsibility it implies – scares the shit out of most people, one might say the Cramps had a “cult” following.  But I’d say the people who left themselves out of the band’s horror-freakshow were the ones in the cult – and the ones today being deprogrammed daily by the steady destruction of the record business, Wall Street, Main Street and US Empire.  Ooh!  Eee!  Ah! Ah!

Thanks, Lux.

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