Praise and Thanks for Lux Interior of the Cramps

Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Fri, 02/06/2009 - 20:55.

How many saw the news (or noticed it at all) that “Lux Interior, frontman of "psychobilly" pioneers the Cramps, died yesterday in Glendale, California” and realized it was another example of Ohio creativity let loose on the world?

These ‘70s punks, rooted in ‘50s rockabilly, wrote and performed in a creative, daring deranged sort of way. Contemporaries of Television and Talking Heads and Patty Smith, the Cramps veered in a different direction. Perhaps you remember “The Goo Goo Muck,” released on their second full length album (remember albums?), "Psychadelic Jungle," in 1981? Who else would have performed at a mental health facility? These guys had more daring and creativity than many could handle, but Lux rocked out for thirty years! Anyone performing daring music today, or over the last thirty years, will concede some debt of gratitude and admiration for the Cramps. The Cramps were among the most creative, challenging, peer-admired voices to operate in their chosen field that Ohio has produced in long time.

Even if you don’t admire their "type" of music, some of the messages and behavior or the lyrics of some specific song, longevity and output should count for something with everyone, and these guys deserve respect and one more round of applause. So hear we go – grab a beer, put on leather pants if you have 'em and dive in. Enjoy music and video for the Cramps: “Goo Goo Muck,” "Ultra Twist,"“Sun Glasses After Dark” and “Sheena's in a Goth Gang.”

We focus too much on what we think we want to see, based on our perceptions of a manufactured and heavily marketed, hyper-stylized word, while there are so many creative things right in front of us. Kids like Miley Cyrus, on the scale they do, because Disney owns enough cable to push her into millions of homes. Lux wrote and performed for thirty years because he always found enough people, a much smaller group to be sure, but enough people, willing to go along for the ride with him … and that is enough. Congratulations for that….and thanks.

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Ohio creativity let loose on the world...

When I lived in the Miami, Florida area back in 1971, it was said that Cleveland was a good place to be "from".

 Should we start a list of famous people who were "from" Cleveland, and who left for lack of appreciation and/or were "driven out"???

(not really in any order)

John D. Rockefeller


Dick Clark - (to "American Bandstand" after being charged with "Payola" in 1957)




By refusing to deal honorably with others, you dishonor yourself.

The Way I Walk...

I just heard about this and am very sorry. I was just reflecting with friends on my great experiences with the Cramps. I saw them 30 years ago and lots along the way... last time about 7 years ago at the Beachland... the real thing. 

Kevin... I should have know you are a fan!

The way I walk is just the way I walk
The way I talk is just the way i talk
The way I smile is just the way I smile
Touch me baby, and I'll go home wild!

The way I love is just the way I love
Come on and be my little turtle dog
Touch me baby, it feels so good
I feel it though I wanna be, I don't know if I should

Doo-bee-doo-bee-doo-waoh! (CHORUS 4)

The way you love me got to sour my stile
Oh! Little baby, I would say good-bye
Love me baby, love me right
Love me morning, noon and night

Disrupt IT