Thursday, October 22, 2015

Countdown To Halloween Blog Post #22



I couldn't help myself with this, yet another Fargo related picture. What can I say, I have Fargo fever! I should have posted this yesterday but I didn't realize it in time. October 21st was the birthday ofLux Interior from The Cramps. He and his band embodied all things Halloween, and that is why we always play his 'Purple Knif Radio Show' on our Shuffle Function Halloween morning show.

As a listener once pointed out to us, when we play this double LP it is "us playing a record of Lux Interior playing records"! It is a lot of fun, and if you have never caught it before, you can tune in from 6 to 9 a.m. October 30th to listen to it in it's entirety. Lux Interior plays his own 45 records - the very ones that he and Ivy toured cross country collecting and then heavily influenced the formation of The Cramps sound. In the late 70's The Cramps did something that nobody had ever done before. Sure Johnny Cash played prisons, but Lux and The Cramps took things one step beyond. They set up their amps and equipment within the walls of California's Napa State Mental Hospital and played for the patients there. As you will see in the video, there is no barrier between them and the mental patients. This kind of thing could never happen today, but it did happen just this once.

Have a look for yourself -


It wasn't until tonight that I read that another band played with The Cramps that night, The Mutants from Detroit. They opened that night, but sadly their set was not filmed.

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