In this much celebrated encomium of the Cramps’ Lux Interior, I mentioned the apocryphal story of how Lux had met his wife/bandmate Poison Ivy: the guy born Erick Lee Purkhiser supposedly picked up his life partner as a hitchhiker. The Cramps’ legacy was as much based on their success as characters as musicians, so naturally, this biographical detail seemed fictitious. But LA Weekly contributor Jonny Whiteside recently attended Lux’s private funeral service and actually met someone who verified the story. He writes:
Also recounted from the memorial service, which took place in one of Elvis’s favorite retreat spots: the attendance of Spongebob’s voice, stories of Lux’s affinity for strange headwear (restaurant napkins, panties), and Ivy’s widow garb, which was, of course, form-fitting leopard print.