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9 February, 2009 | Music News

Lux Interior, lead singer of influential garage-punk act The Cramps, died Wednesday morning (February 4) due to an existing heart condition. He was 62. Lux started the Cramps in 1972. Their music was heavily steeped in camp, with Interior’s lyrics frequently drawing from schlocky B-movies, sexual kink and deceptively clever puns. (J.H. Sasfy … “The Cramps don’t pummel and you won’t pogo. They ooze; you’ll throb.”) Sonically, the band drew from blues and rockabilly, and a key element of their sound was the trashy, dueling guitars of Poison Ivy and Bryan Gregory (and later Kid Congo Powers), played with maximal scuzz and minimal drumming. With Interior’s deranged, Iggy Pop-inspired onstage antics and deep, sexualized singing voice, the Cramps are often cited as pioneers of “psychobilly” and “horror rock” … James Montgomery