3-D Release Long Lost Self Titled EP Featuring Artwork By The Cramps’ Lux Interior

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From Michael Purkhiser‘s (The Action / The Walking Clampetts) musical beginnings in the early 1960s he’s had a colorful journey. It started back in 1964 when he was introduced to The Beatles by big brother Erick (The Cramp’s Lux Interior). He would wander upstairs to Erick’s bedroom to find what seemed like a thousand record albums scattered about everywhere. It was here he became educated in rock ‘n roll from its earliest beginnings in the 1950s to the then current British invasion of the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and The Who, among the multitude of British bands jamming the airwaves. It was at this time he developed a passion for guitar and knew he had to play. By 1969 he was playing in local bands. Fast forward to 1977 when he put his first original band together called The Action, not to be confused with the British band of the same name. He started writing and recording music on a parallel course with his brother’s new band, The Cramps. Interestingly Michael recorded The Cramps‘ Ohio Demos in 1978 in their parents basement. It was recorded on a stop in Akron, OH while The Cramps were making their way from New York City to California to play their legendary Live at Napa State Mental Hospital show.

Michael decided on taking a different path from them, playing in a power pop trio. He was hooked on that sound after seeing local favorites The James Gang and Raspberries. The Action released three singles on their own Radiogram Records, which are now sought after world wide by die-hard power pop fans. The group opened shows for The Cramps at CBGBs as well as shows for Marshall CrenshawTodd RundgrenRobert GordonJoan Jett and close friends The Smithereens. The band received rave reviews, but could never land that elusive major label record contract.  The Action disbanded in 1984. In 1985 Michael joined up with local northeast Ohio favorites The Walking Clampetts. The Walking Clampetts were a four piece lineup that combined rockabilly with roots rock and roll. They became one of northeast Ohio’s most noted dance bands. In 1990, The Walking Clampetts had split and Michael made the decision to go solo. He continued to write and record original music that was pop based but not forgetting his rock ’n roll roots. He worked with producer Don Dixon mixing a solo demo, but still without a record contract. 

In 1997 he formed a studio project called 3-D, the name being inspired by Lux’s passion for 3-D photography. The 3-D project recorded around 30 songs, four of which were instrumentals. The original plan was to release the recordings as an album. While the album never came to fruition, at Michael’s request, Lux contributed original album artwork, which to this day has never been seen. 25 years later, the four instrumentals and Lux’s artwork are finally seeing the light of day.

The 3-D EP is now available via Musick Recordings