Photographed by me on the NYC Subway.
Singer Eric Scealf of the rock group The Unsatisfied is offering a cash reward of $500 for the return of a microphone that was used by deceased punk icon Lux Interior (1946-2009) of The Cramps. Scealf was given the microphone after a show in Atlanta during The Cramp’s 1995 Flamejob Tour. “I used that mic for a few shows after I got it, just because it had Lux’s mojo on it. Every time I touch that microphone I can feel his spirit, his energy in it,” says Scealf. “It was pretty beat up from Lux pounding it into the stage, so I put it on my trophy shelf. The only time it’s not on that shelf it’s in my make-up case. I carry it with me when The Unsatisfied is working for luck, and I just get good vibes from it, especially since Lux passed away.”
After a recent show in Atlanta and a series of video shoots, it was discovered that the microphone had vanished. After an exhaustive search and several phone calls Scealf and the rest of The Unsatisfied decided to offer a reward for its return. The microphone is a Shure SM58 with a dented and somewhat rusty windscreen and it has a distinct X scratched into the body at the plug. The microphone or information leading to its whereabouts can be mailed to Eric Scealf c/o The Unsatisfied, 4027 Meadow Ln, Chattanooga, TN 37406. You can also phone Eric Turner at (423)504-5965 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. No questions will be asked and reward money will be mailed to return address upon receipt of microphone. Mr. Scealf is available for questions or interviews by emailing requests to email@example.com.
UPDATE March 17, 2012: Missing ‘Lux Interior’ Microphone Returned By Anonymous
A Shure SM58 microphone that was once used by punk legend Lux Interior of The Cramps has been returned to its owner. Eric Scealf of the rock group The Unsatisfied offered a reward for the return of the mic when he realized it was missing in early February. Yesterday (3/16/12) his plea was answered when the microphone arrived by first-class mail in an anonymous package. Mr. Scealf said “There’s a Dallas, TX postmark but the return address is bogus, we had it checked out. There was no note or anything, just my mic wrapped in some paper and one of those Guy Fawkes masks. That’s it, nothing else.” The Guy Fawkes mask was popularized by the movie V for Vendetta and most recently adopted by members of the “Occupy” movement. It has also become a symbol for the underground political group known simply as ‘Anonymous.’ As of yet, no-one has taken credit for the return of the microphone. Mr Scealf states, “I’d love to find out who sent this back. It’s hard to put into words what this means to me, and I’ll gladly pay the $500 reward if somebody comes forward with proof that they sent it. If not, I’m just glad I got Lux’s microphone back. I feel like King Arthur having Excalibur returned!”