by Kevin Allman
There were rumors floating around the music world earlier today, now sadly confirmed by Billboard:
Cramps frontman Lux Interior passed away today (Feb. 4th) at a Glendale, Calif., hospital due to a pre-existing heart condition, the band's publicist confirms to Billboard. He was 52.
The Cramps formed in 1976 and were part of the now legendary downtown New York punk scene. Their line-up shifted over the years but always included Lux and his wife, Poison Ivy. The band's rockabilly infused punk has been credited as an influence by bands like the White Stripes and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion....
I was a big Cramps fan as a kid. Here's Lux performing one of the group's best, "Bikini Girls With Machine Guns":