Life is Short: R.I.P. Lux Interior

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My current obsession with reverby garage rock can be traced back to my love of those early Cramps albums on I.R.S., especially the Off the Bone compilation which in some ways I think is all you really need to own. Here’s a couple choice cuts:

MP3: The Cramps – New Kind Of Kick

MP3: The Cramps – Garbageman

Buy some Cramps.

The Cramps’ goth look only seemed silly till you saw them live: Lux Interior was one of the scariest mofos in rock. The version of “Tear it Up” from URGH! A Music War is the quintessential Cramps performance. Totally amazing, though I always felt sorry for the person who had to use the microphone after him:

We’ll miss ya, Lux.

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