Saturday, 7 February 2009

Lux Interior R.I.P. [21.10.46 - 04.02.09]

Cramps frontman Lux Interior died this week – he’s gone to that great goth graveyard in the sky / bowels of the earth [delete as appropriate].

It’s no secret that we are BIG fans of The Cramps (the sound of Miss Pain has oft been described as a kind of “electro-Cramps rumble”, and we’ve covered their ‘Call of The Wighat’, and done our own Cramp-ed up version of ‘Fever’ in our live sets). Here’s our little tribute to him…

First, a raunchy, blues-y stab at 1978 their buzzzzzzzzzzzz-erk tremelo-drone ‘Human Fly’ by slinky French bossa-nova merchants / arch-ironists Nouvelle Vague.

Nouvelle Vague – Human Fly
[buy Nouvelle Vague: iTunes | Amazon]

And here's a filthy, squelchy synthed-up Sonovac version of the same song

Sonovac - Human Fly
[buy Sonovac: iTunes / Amazon]

The Cramps made a bleak and tear-jerking rendition of Ricky Nelson’s ‘Lonesome Town’ on their Gravest Hits ep. Françoise Hardy’s 1968 version is lusher and grander, but no less fragile. There won’t be a dry eye in the house…

Françoise Hardy – La Rue Des Coeurs Perdus
[buy Françoise Hardy: iTunes | Amazon]

Lux Interior, We salute you!

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