Monday, January 02, 2012
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Richard Hell & The Voidoids
Song:Love Comes In Spurts
Though Richard Hell & The Voidoids only recorded two albums and never had a hit single, they were a huge influence on the punk movement of the mid-70s and Blank Generation is one of the essential albums of the era. Some of the group members went on to bigger things but Richard Hell retired from music and became a writer. He was born Richard Meyers Oct. 2, 1949 in Lexington, KY. While in school, he became friends with Tom Miller who would become Television leader Tom Verlaine. Eventually they went to New York and formed Neon Boys. They added guitarist Richard Lloyd and changed their name to Television. Hell left Television in 1975 over creative control and formed The Heartbreakers with former New York Dolls Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan. He left The Heartbreakers in 1976 and formed Richard Hell & The Voidoids with guitarist Robert Quine, bassist Ivan Julian and drummer Marc Bell. They became very popular in New York and Blank Generation was one of the best albums of the early punk era. Love Comes In Spurts and Blank Generation are their two best known songs. Julian and Bell left after Blank Generation and the second album Destiny Street was a mess. Richard Hell & The Voidoids split up. Robert Quine went on to be Lou Reed's guitarist in the 80s and is considered a legend of punk. Ivan Julian is a session musician and producer. Marc Bell became Marky Ramone of The Ramones. Other than a short stint with the 90s band Dim Stars, Richard Hell became a writer. He has written novels and poetry and his work has been critically acclaimed. He also played Madonna's murdered boyfriend in the 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan. Here's Richard Hell & The Voidoids performing Blank Generation and Love Comes In Spurts at CBGBs in New York 1975. The volume is low so turn it up.