Formed in Ohio, USA, in 1976, the original Cramps, Lux Interior (Erick Lee Purkhiser, 21 October 1946, Akron, Ohio, USA; vocals), Poison Ivy Rorschach (b. Kirsty Marlana Wallace, 20 February 1953, Sacramento, California, USA; guitar), Bryan Gregory (b. 20 February 1954, Detroit, Michigan, USA, d. 10 January 2001, Anaheim, California, USA; guitar) and his sister, Pam Balam (drums), later moved to New York, where they were embroiled in the emergent punk scene centred on the CBGBs rock venue. Miriam Linna briefly replaced Balam, before Nick Knox (b. Nick Stephanoff, Cleveland, Ohio, USA) became the bands permanent drummer. The Cramps early work was recorded at the famed Sun Records studio under the aegis of producer Alex Chilton. Their early singles and debut album blended the frantic rush of rockabilly with a dose of 60s garage-band panache and an obvious love of ghoulish b-movies. Bryan Gregorys sudden departure followed the...
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