Clip du jour: The Cramps' 'Tear it Up'
Lux Interior, frontman of “psychobilly” pioneers the Cramps, died yesterday in Glendale, Calif. The cause was a pre-existing heart condition, according to a statement released by his publicist.
Though they came out of the ’70s New York punk scene, the Cramps had little in common with Television and Talking Heads. Instead, they took their cues from ’50s rockabilly, inventing a truly demented sound that fused familiar parts into something totally new. Their best albums were eerie, mysterious affairs—thrilling and a little bit scary.
Live, on the other hand, the band was thrilling and…really scary. Check out the clip below, taken from the great, semi-lost 1981 concert film Urgh! A Music War.
WARNING: this footage is raw and intense and somewhat unhinged. Also possibly NSFW. Watch at your own risk. That said, check it out. It’s awesome.