The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Age of Innocence #8
Lux Interior Dead at 62

The Cramps

I've just received word that The Cramps' wild frontman and rock and roll enthusiast extraordinaire Lux Interior has died from a heart condition at the too-early age of 62.

The Billboard obituary can be read here.

More info, and an incendiary clip of the band in its prime doing Tear It Up (from the concert film Urgh!: A Music War) can be found here.


erik hogstrom said...

He will be missed.
"Bikini Girls with Machine Guns!"

andrew said...

Seriously sad. From his music to his interviews (particularly in Incredibly Strange Music), he was a major influence. I wouldn't be into half of what I am into now were it not for him and Poison Ivy.

- Andrew

Joe said...

Sad news.

"You better duck, when I show up, the Goo-Goo Muck."

Joe Thompson ;0(

j. Winkel said...

Oh gosh. Where to begin. Memphis? I will ponder this with great sorrow and write about it on my blog.

modemo said...

His sense of humor was legendary.

Classic lyric from Drug Train:

"I'm gonna teach you how to get aboard the Drug Train..."

"You put one foot up... You put another foot up..."

"You put another foot up, and you're on board the Drug Train!"

simon said...

He had good taste.