Lux & Ivy never pretended they offered anything new, revolutionary or radical. They were a living pastichie of the sights, sounds and looks of the world they surrounded themselves in. A world of sex, exploitation and a musical mayhem of garage ,surf, rockabilly and other kinds of greasy rock and roll. It was a heady brew and a cup I drank deeply from.
It all came back this fall when I was cleaning out my basement and came across a cache of Cramps artifacts. There was a collage I made as a tribute to Lux when I heard about his death. I also found a set of slides I took when they headlined their first show in Chicago. Including a shot of Lux with his pants open and “flag flying”. These slides have never been published until now in the video on the right.
My favorite find though was a video and the event it captured I’d forgotten all about, The Cramps Live At Napa State. Now this Napa State isn’t a college but rather a mental institution. They are playing for an audience made up of the patients and it’s a perfect match. Here on the right we have posted that video.