The Cramps – Lux Interior RIP

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The Cramps perform at the Astoria in London.

Lux Interior and The Cramps. The band moved to New York in 1975 and formed the heart of CBGB’s early punk scene with other emerging acts like the Ramones, Patti Smith, and Television. Pic: PA Photos

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Lux Interior (born Erick Lee Purkhiser) and Poison Ivy (born Kristy Wallace) met in Sacramento, California in 1972. The stage name Lux Interior was purportedly taken from a car commercial. Poison Ivy’s name supposedly came from a dream – she was first Poison Ivy Rorschach, taking her last name from the inventor of the Rorschach test. Pic: Rex Features

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Lux Interior and his wife Poison Ivy founded The Cramps in the early ’70s. Having emerged from CBGB’s New York punk scene, Interior was known for his wild onstage antics, thrashing about and stripping down, reminiscent of Iggy Pop. Pic: Redferns.

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The Cramps perform at the Astoria in London.

The Cramps’ frontman Lux Interior died in Glendale, California today (February 4). The frontman of the highly influential New York punk band was 62. Pic: PA Photos

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