Just heard that Lux Interior, legendary vocalist for the incomparable Cramps has just passed away. 2009 is starting off to be a huge bummer. Rest in peace, Lux. You were truly one of the greats. Read the official statement here.
I first heard the Cramps via a copy of their debut LP, Gravest Hits, that I borrowed from a friend down the hall during my freshman year of college in 1985. Instantly smitten, I sought out the rest of their records and swiftly became a devoted Cramps acolyte. I managed to see them once in 1990 at the New Ritz on 54th street on their Stay Sick tour, and it was truly unlike anything I'd ever seen. Below is my favorite track of theirs, "What's Inside a Girl?" from their 1986 album, A Date with Elvis. Play it really goddamn loud and raise a toast to Lux.