2009 – Lux Interior, (Erick Lee Purkhiser) singer and founding member of The Cramps died aged 62.
Erick Lee Purkhiser (October 21, 1946 – February 4, 2009), better known as Lux Interior, was an American singer and a founding member of the legendary garage punk band The Cramps from 1976 until his sudden death in February 2009 aged 62.
Born in Akron, Ohio, he grew up in its nearby suburb of Stow and graduated from Stow-Munroe Falls High School.
Lux Interior’s name came “from an old car commercial”, having previously flirted with the names Vip Vop and Raven Beauty, The couple called their musical style psychobilly, originally claiming it to have been inspired by a Johnny Cash song, (One Piece at a Time), and later saying that they were just using the phrase as “carny terms to drum up business.”
Lux Interior died at 4:30 a.m. on February 4, 2009, in Glendale, California. The cause of death was aortic dissection. He is survived by his wife Ivy and two brothers, Michael Purkhiser
Interior was also a visual artist, in particular he was a 3D camera collector and enthusiast with which he created artworks and collages.
The Cramps gave their last show in November 2006. When asked why he continued to play live well into his middle age, he told the LA Times:
“It’s a little bit like asking a junkie how he’s been able to keep on dope all these years, It’s just so much fun. You pull in to one town and people scream, ‘I love you, I love you, I love you.’ And you go to a bar and have a great rock ‘n’ roll show and go to the next town and people scream, ‘I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you.’ It’s hard to walk away from all that.”
In 2002 Lux Interior performed the voice of a character on SpongeBob SquarePants – the lead singer of an all-bird rock band called the Bird Brains. Sponge Bob voice Tom Kenny attended his memorial ceremony.