Lux Interior (alias Erick Lee Purkhiser), co-founder and frontman for the groundbreaking punk band The Cramps, died at age 62 from a heart condition in a Glendale, CA hospital Wednesday.
Interior co-founded The Cramps with his wife and creative partner Poison Ivy Rorschach (aka Kristy Wallace) in New York City in the mid-'70s. With lyrics taken from EC Comics, monster movies and exploitation flicks and titles like “I Was a Teenage Werewolf” and “Sunglasses After Dark,” the band would later become a key influence on the horror-punk and psychobilly genres. They are also well-known among horror fans for the song “Surfin' Dead,” which the band recorded especially for Dan O'Bannon's Return of the Living Dead.
Lux and Ivy continued to record and perform with an ever-revolving ensemble of supporting musicians for the bulk of their over three-decade career; their last major release was the retrospective set How to Make a Monster.