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Punk singer Interior dies at 62

Lux Interior
The Cramps performed regularly at venues like former punk club CBGB

Lux Interior, singer with New York punk band The Cramps, has died aged 62, his publicist has confirmed.

The frontman was being treated at a hospital in California for a pre-existing heart condition.

Interior, who was born Erick Lee Purkhiser, formed the influential band in 1973 with his wife Poison Ivy.

Part of the legendary downtown New York punk scene, The Cramps went on to release 14 albums, the latest being the compilation, How To Make a Monster.

They were the first known band to blend punk with rockabilly, and are widely recognised as innovators of psychobilly music.

The Cramps went on to influence British bands like The Meteors and more recently The Horrors.



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