Born OTD in 1946, American singer and a founding member of the American Blues band The Cramps, Erick Lee Purkhiser, AKA Lux Interior. Lux Interior’s name came “from an old car commercial”, after he previously flirted with the names Vip Vop and Raven Beauty, while his wife’s name change was inspired by “a vision she received in a dream”. The couple called their musical style psychobilly, originally claiming it to have been inspired by a Johnny Cash song, “One Piece at a Time”, and later saying that they were just using the phrase as “carny terms to drum up business.”

Journey to the Centre of the Cramps

Based upon work and materials compiled for the acclaimed and now much sought after 2007 Cramps biography. A Short History of Rock’n’Roll Psychosis, Journey To The Centre Of The Cramps goes far beyond being a revised and updated edition: Completely overhauled, rewritten and vastly expanded, it now represents the definitive work on the group. In addition to unseen interview material from Ivy, Lux and other former band members, Journey To The Centre Of The Cramps also sees the Cramps’ story through to its conclusion, recounting Lux’s unexpected death in 2009, the subsequent dissolution of the group and their enduring legacy. The Cramps’ history, influences and the cast of characters in and around the group are likewise explored in far greater depth.

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