Music Diary – 4th February

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 4th February!

LuxRIP

In 2009, Lux Interior, (Erick Lee Purkhiser) singer and founding member of The Cramps died aged 62. He met his wife (better known as Poison Ivy, a.k.a. Ivy Rorschach), in Sacramento in 1972, when he and a friend picked her up when she was hitchhiking. The couple later founded The Cramps.

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On the 21st October 1946 Mr. Erick Lee Purkhiser alias Lux Interior was born in Akron, Ohio. He was singer and founding member of the the legendary Psychobilly-Rock’n’Roll band The Cramps. With his wife Kristy Marlana Wallace alias Poison Ivy Rorschach on guitar, the group started in 1976 and disbanded after Lux’s death in 2009.

Back in 1972 Lux met his future wife Kristy in Sacramento. The couple moved from California to Ohio and then to New York. In 1975 the duo was part of the flourishing punk scene. In April 1976 they founded The Cramps with Bryan Gregory on guitar and Pam Ballam on drums. Their performances were always very intense by an energetic frontman, who dressed also in high heels. Another trademark of The Cramps were their special cover versions of rare and obscure songs from the Fifties and Sixties.

In 1979 the EP “Gravest Hits” featuring the songs “Human Fly” and the cover versions of “Domino” (also recorded by Roy Orbison), “The Way I walk” (Jack Scott), “Surfin’ Bird” (The Trashmen) and “Lonesome Town” (Ricky Nelson) was released. One year later the debut album “Songs the Lord taught us” hit the stores. In 1981 the LP “Psychedelic Jungle” with new second guitarist, Kid Congo Powers, was recorded. Two years later the live album “Smell of Female” followed. The opening track “Thee Most Exalted Potentate of Love” was later covered by Queens Of The Stone Age for the EP “Stone Age Compilation” (2004).

With “A Date with Elvis” (1986) the fanbase became bigger and bigger. Over 250,000 copies were sold in Europe. Over the years the studio LPs “Stay Sick” (1990), “Look Mom, No Head” (1991), “Flamejob” (1994), “Big Beat from Badsville” (1997) and “Fiends of Dope Island” (2003) were released. Also some compilations and the live album “Rockin n Reelin in Auckland New Zealand XXX” (1987) hit the stores.

Beside Lux and Poison Ivy, the line up changed a lot. The final studio album “Fiends of Dope Island” came out on the their own label Vengeance Records and in 2006 The Cramps played their last shows. On 4th February 2009 Lux Interior passed away. He died at the Glendale Memorial Hospital after an aoritc dissection. He was 62 years old.

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Music Diary – 12th January

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 12th January!

Blixa Bargeld (Einstürzende Neubauten)

Blixa Bargeld (Einstürzende Neubauten)

Happy birthday to Mr. Christian Emmerich alias Blixa Bargeld, who was born on the 12th January 1959 in Berlin, Germany. Blixa became famous with his band Einstürzende Neubauten and as a member of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Beside his work as a musician, he is also well known as a performance artist, writer and actor.

Bargeld left school without completing and started to teaching himself in music – especially in experimenting with all kind of equipments. In 1980 he founded his industrial-experimental band Einstürzende Neubauten („Collapsing New-Buildings“) in West Berlin. Beside Bargeld (lead vocals, guitar, keyboard), the line-up consists of Alexander Hacke (bass, guitar, vocals), N.U. Unruh (custom-made instruments, percussion, vocals), Jochen Arbeit (guitar and vocals) and Rudolf Moser (custom-built instruments, percussion, and vocals). On the 1st April 1980, the first performance took place at the Moon Club in Berlin. The line-up at that time featured Bargeld, N.U. Unruh, Beate Bartel and Gudrun Gut. One year later, the debut album „Kollaps“ („Collapse“) was released.

Blixa Bargeld became in 1983 also a member of The Bad Seeds, the backing band of Nick Cave – he stayed for twenty years, before leaving in 2003, because of focusing on his own band. With Einstürzende Neubauten, Blixa Bargeld recorded many albums all over the past 30 years. The latest release is called „Lament“ (2014). Blixa’s unique guitar style can also be heard on all  Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds studio albums from 1984 until 2003.

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Music Diary – 21st October

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 21st October!

Erick Lee Purkhiser aka Lux Interior (21st October 1946 – 4th February 2009)

Erick Lee Purkhiser aka Lux Interior (21st October 1946 – 4th February 2009)

On the 21st October 1946 Mr. Erick Lee Purkhiser alias Lux Interior was born in Akron, Ohio. He was singer and founding member of the the legendary Psychobilly-Rock’n’Roll band The Cramps. With his wife Kristy Marlana Wallace alias Poison Ivy Rorschach on guitar, the group started in 1976 and disbanded after Lux’s death in 2009.

Back in 1972 Lux met his future wife Kristy in Sacramento. The couple moved from California to Ohio and then to New York. In 1975 the duo was part of the flourishing punk scene. In April 1976 they founded The Cramps with Bryan Gregory on guitar and Pam Ballam on drums. Their performances were always very intense by an energetic frontman, who dressed also in high heels. Another trademark of The Cramps were their special cover versions of rare and obscure songs from the Fifties and Sixties.

The Cramps ©ÊSTEVE JENNINGS

Lux Interior & Poison Ivy (The Cramps)(©ÊSTEVE JENNINGS)

In 1979 the EP „Gravest Hits“ featuring the songs „Human Fly“ and the cover versions of „Domino“ (also recorded by Roy Orbison), „The Way I walk“ (Jack Scott), „Surfin‘ Bird“ (The Trashmen) and „Lonesome Town“ (Ricky Nelson) was released. One year later the debut album „Songs the Lord taught us“ hit the stores. In 1981 the LP „Psychedelic Jungle“ with new second guitarist, Kid Congo Powers, was recorded. Two years later the live album „Smell of Female“ followed. The opening track „Thee Most Exalted Potentate of Love“ was later covered by Queens Of The Stone Age for the EP „Stone Age Compilation“ (2004).


With „A Date with Elvis“ (1986) the fanbase became bigger and bigger. Over 250,000 copies were sold in Europe. Over the years the studio LPs „Stay Sick“ (1990), „Look Mom, No Head“ (1991), „Flamejob“ (1994), „Big Beat from Badsville“ (1997) and „Fiends of Dope Island“ (2003) were released. Also some compilations and the live album „Rockin n Reelin in Auckland New Zealand XXX“ (1987) hit the stores.


Beside Lux and Poison Ivy, the line up changed a lot. The final studio album „Fiends of Dope Island“ came out on the their own label Vengeance Records and in 2006 The Cramps played their last shows. On 4th February 2009 Lux Interior passed away. He died at the Glendale Memorial Hospital after an aoritc dissection. He was 62 years old.

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Albums of the year 2013

Hey dear good people!

Here are my personal album favorites of the year 2013 (in alphabetically order):

ANDI ALMQVIST – Warsaw Holiday

BildTHE BUILDERS & THE BUTCHERS – Western Medicine

BildNICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS – Live From KCRW

BildHELLDORADO – Bones In The Closet

BildMONSTER TRUCK – Furiosity

BildMURDER BY DEATH – Who Will Survive & What Will Be Left Of Them?
(10th Anniversary Edition)

BildPEARL JAM – Lightning Bolt

BildRODRIGUEZ – Searching For Sugar Man (Album and DVD)

BildSLIM CESSNA’S AUTO CLUB –  SCAC 102:
An Introduction For Young And Old Europe

BildTHE STERLING SISTERS – Hale

BildVARIOUS ARTISTS – Rockin‘ Legends Pay Tribute To Jack White

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And what are your favorites?

Cheers,

Alex Melomane

Music Diary – 13th November

Welcome back to my Music Diary – today for the 13th November!

In 2006 Nick Cave did a sort of solo tour – he was accompanied by the Bad Seeds members Martyn P. Casey, Jim Sclavunos and Warren Ellis. And yes, this line up is the same as in Grinderman, a side project by Nick Cave.

Nick Cave – Vienna (Konzerthaus)(13.11.2006) © Alex MelomaneSetlist, pictures and reviews from Austrian newspapers can be found here – just scroll down to the date 13/11/2006!

Cheers,

Alex Melomane

Music Diary – 6th November

Welcome back to my personal music diary!

On the 6th November 1997 Mr. Kevin Paul Godfrey, better known as Epic Soundtracks, died at the age of only 39 years. With his brother Adrian Nicholas, who was known as Nikki Sudden (1956 – 2006), he formed the band The Swell Maps.

Epic also played drums with the fantastic group These Immortal Souls feat. Rowland S. Howard and also with Crime & The City Solution.

Epic Soundtracks - Rise Above

Epic Soundtracks – Rise Above

Thank you for the music & R.I.P.!

Alex Melomane

Music Diary – 30th October

Welcome again to my personal Music Diary – today for the 30th October!

Back in 2002 Mr. Nick Cave played a special solo show feat. Warren Ellis, Jim White and Norman Watt-Roy in Vienna at the wonderful Burgtheater. It was obvious that this “band” didn’t play a long time together – I do think it was the very first time that they performed officialy. The soundcheck was VERY long so the show started one hour late. This performance was part of the 10th anniversary of the “schule für dichtung“, a school for poetry in Vienna for which Nick Cave did some lectures.

Setlist, pictures and reviews from different newspapers can be seen here (just scroll down to the bottom of the page).

Nick Cave - Vienna (Burgtheater)(30.10.2002) Flyer Back © Alex Melomane