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Richard Hell and the Voidoids

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New York City (1976 – 1979, 1982 – 1985, 1990 – 1990)

Richard Hell and the Voidoids (A.K.A. The Voidoids) were an American band from the first wave of punk rock, fronted by Richard Hell (born Richard Meyers), a former member of The Neon Boys, Television and The Heartbreakers. Formed in New York City, at various times the band included influential guitarist Robert Quine, Ivan Julian, Naux Maciel, former Contortions and The Raybeats guitarist Jody Harris, Golden Palominos leader Anton Fier, and future Ramones member Marc Bell (Marky Ramone). The group is best known for Hell’s nihilistic worldview, reflected in songs like “Who Says?”. Their song “Blank Generation” served as an anthem for the punk movement in New York.

The Voidoids were started in 1976 when Richard Hell left The Heartbreakers. The first lineup consisted of Hell, Quine, Julian and Bell. The band released what has been considered their best album, Blank Generation, in 1977. This lineup dissolved around 1979.

A new lineup in 1982, this time with Hell, Quine and new members Naux (Juan Maciel) on guitar and Fred Maher on drums, was featured on The Voidoids second album Destiny Street. According to Hell, Destiny Street suffered due to Hell’s being distracted during the recording process, especially by the use of narcotics. This second lineup dissolved around 1985.

1990 saw the release of the live album Funhunt (Live at the CBGB’s & Max’s), which was compiled from a series of audience tapes recorded between 1978 and 1985. 1990 also featured a reformation for a Japanese tour.

In 2009 Destiny Street Repaired, a remake and “repair” of Destiny Street, was released. Destiny Street Repaired featured guitarists Marc Ribot, Bill Frisell and Ivan Julian playing along to the original rhythm tracks.

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  • Nickandroff

    HaHaHaYoureDead > Шо ты мелишь?! xDDD

    15 Aug 2014 Reply
  • smokingcinema

    please kill me

    7 Jun 2014 Reply
  • traytray89

    Richard HEYELL and the VOY-DOYDS!

    22 Feb 2014 Reply
  • IamFlood

    Fun fact:

    14 Feb 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    хотя свою главную песню он все же спиздил невозбранно, но он очень-очень крутой чувак, один из главных (и мой самый любимый) панк. пысы. сравнение с игги некорректно, игги был панком только на дебютнике студжиз

    2 Feb 2014 Reply
  • IHateRussians

    Richard and Iggy are laughing at you faggots arguing about who's best. And probably laughing at me too for wasting my time here.

    30 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Isaaaaaak

    how the fuck can anyone call this louder with a straight face. yeah fair enough if you like them better, but oh my god there's being a fan and there's being a deluded fucking retard.

    28 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Isaaaaaak

    "iggy just looks like retard if you compare him to richard hell " richard hell is pretty charmless and flaccid compared to iggy pop though. actually yeah this whole band is essentially a more artsy fartsy boring stooges.

    28 Nov 2013 Reply
  • AcidPoliceUH

    iggy just looks like retard if you compare him to richard hell

    2 Jul 2013 Reply
  • masa214s

    http://m.facebook.com/#!/masahide.shigeta.1?__user=100004641731467

    18 May 2013 Reply
  • cakypax

    It's stupid to compare them. They're all good and original in their own ways. Get it, man. /Кажется, что большинство ничего, кроме blank generation, не знает -_-/

    12 May 2013 Reply
  • StiffBoard

    Get it people... Richard Hell is bigger, better, louder, cooler than Iggy Pop and Velvet Underground altogether.

    12 Apr 2013 Reply
  • austinsunday

    Stop quoting Blank Generation.. we all know the lyrics.. (2)

    19 Feb 2013 Reply
  • FlyingSalt

    OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH

    30 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Andreika_Reivov

    shikardos!!!!!!!!!!!

    17 Aug 2012 Reply
  • FaygoBro420

    triangles falling out the windows ▲ ▲ ▲▲ ▲ ▲ ▲

    30 May 2012 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    this band is boss

    26 Apr 2012 Reply
  • aannette

    like them? check out barry & the remains. strangely similar, including vocally. (example, the song 'don't look back')

    28 Mar 2012 Reply
  • evanXyouth

    Stop quoting Blank Generation.. we all know the lyrics..

    20 Mar 2012 Reply
  • annabarto

    PUNKS IS HOY !

    3 Mar 2012 Reply
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