Lux Interior

The Cramps' biggest album was 1980's Songs the Lord Taught Us, which, despite its underground popularity, proved that the Lord hadn't taught them much at all. But what the band lacked in musical skill it made up for with absurdist humor and attitude. Most of that emanated from gender-bent front man Lux Interior, who died on Feb. 4 in Glendale, Calif. He was 62.

Interior, born Erick Lee Purkhiser, started the Cramps with his wife, guitarist Poison Ivy Rorschach, in 1976. From the beginning, they were more an act than a band, their fusion of surf music, punk and rockabilly (psychobilly,...

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