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Songs That Lux Taught Us

"If you can't dig me you can't dig nothin'" - in praise of the late Lux Interior

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by Lake, Editor, London for outsideleft.com
originally published: February, 2009
Garbageman was the coolest pop promo video of all time.
by Lake, Editor, London for outsideleft.com
originally published: February, 2009
Garbageman was the coolest pop promo video of all time.

Pictured above is my membership card to the Cramps fan club from back in the early 1980s. Twenty six years ago I thought the Cramps were quite possibly the greatest rock'n'roll band in the world and that Garbageman was the coolest pop promo video of all time. Sitting here now after being prompted to watch it again on youtube after hearing of the sad death of Lux Interior I realise that, for once, my 16 year old self was 100% correct.  

Lake
Editor, London

the first journalism Lake ever had published was a history of Johnny Thunders for Record Collector magazine, since then he has written for publications including the Guardian, Dazed and Confused, the Idler and more recently, outsideleft.com as you have just seen.

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