© Kelly A. Swift/RetnaLux InteriorCramps founder and punk pioneer Lux Interior dies
Feb. 5, 2009, 10:18 AM EST
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A publicist for the pioneering horror-punk band the Cramps says co-founder and lead singer Lux Interior has died. He was 60.
Publicist Aleix Martinez says Interior, whose real name was Erick Lee Purkhiser, died Wednesday of a pre-existing heart condition at a Glendale, Calif., hospital.
Interior met his future wife Kristy Wallace — who would later take the stage name Poison Ivy — in Sacramento in 1972.
They moved to New York and started the Cramps, with Interior on lead vocals and Ivy on guitar. The group was part of the late '70s early punk scene centered at Manhattan clubs like CBGB alongside acts such as the Ramones and Patti Smith.
Their unmistakable sound was a lo-fi synthesis of rockabilly and surf guitar staged with a deviant dose of midnight-movie camp. Some called it "psychobilly."