Richard Hell and the Voidoids

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OriginRichard Hell and the Voidoids_header_cell_0_2_0 New York City, United StatesRichard Hell and the Voidoids_cell_0_2_1
GenresRichard Hell and the Voidoids_header_cell_0_3_0 Richard Hell and the Voidoids_cell_0_3_1
Years activeRichard Hell and the Voidoids_header_cell_0_4_0 1976–1979, 1982–1984, 1990 (Japanese tour only), 2000 (recording only)Richard Hell and the Voidoids_cell_0_4_1
LabelsRichard Hell and the Voidoids_header_cell_0_5_0 Richard Hell and the Voidoids_cell_0_5_1
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Richard Hell and the Voidoids were an American punk rock band, formed in New York City in 1976 and fronted by Richard Hell, a former member of the Neon Boys, Television and the Heartbreakers. Richard Hell and the Voidoids_sentence_0

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Kentucky-born Richard Meyers moved to New York City after dropping out of high school in 1966, aspiring to become a poet. Richard Hell and the Voidoids_sentence_1

He and his best friend from high school, Tom Miller, founded the rock band the Neon Boys which became Television in 1973. Richard Hell and the Voidoids_sentence_2

The pair adopted stage names; Miller called himself Verlaine after Paul Verlaine, a French poet he admired, and Meyers became Richard Hell because, as he has said, it described his condition. Richard Hell and the Voidoids_sentence_3

The group was the first rock band to play the club CBGB, which soon became a breeding ground for the early punk rock scene in New York. Richard Hell and the Voidoids_sentence_4

Hell had an energetic stage presence and wore torn clothing held together with safety pins and his hair spiked, which was to be influential in punk fashion - in 1975, after a failed management deal with the New York Dolls, impresario Malcolm McLaren claimed to have brought these ideas back with him to England and eventually incorporated them into the Sex Pistols' image, a claim which Sex Pistols' front man John Lydon/Johnny Rotten disputes, citing his own existing use of safety pins and spiked hair (dyed green) prior to joining the Pistols. Richard Hell and the Voidoids_sentence_5

Disputes with Verlaine led to Hell's departure from Television in 1975, and he co-founded the Heartbreakers with New York Dolls guitarist Johnny Thunders. Richard Hell and the Voidoids_sentence_6

Hell did not last long with this band, and he began recruiting members for a new band. Richard Hell and the Voidoids_sentence_7

For guitarists, Hell found Robert Quine and Ivan Julian—Quine had worked in a bookstore with Hell, and Julian responded to an advertisement in The Village Voice. Richard Hell and the Voidoids_sentence_8

They lifted drummer Marc Bell, later Marky Ramone, from Wayne County. Richard Hell and the Voidoids_sentence_9

The band was named "the Voidoids" after a novel Hell had been writing. Richard Hell and the Voidoids_sentence_10

Musically, Hell drew inspiration from acts such as Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, protopunk band the Stooges and fellow New Yorker group the Velvet Underground, a group with a reputation for heroin-fueled rock and roll with poetic lyrics. Richard Hell and the Voidoids_sentence_11

Quine's admiration of the Velvet Underground led him to make hours' worth of bootleg recordings of the band in the late 1960s. Richard Hell and the Voidoids_sentence_12

Hell also drew from—and covered—garage rock bands such as the Seeds and the Count Five that were found on the Nuggets compilation of 1972. Richard Hell and the Voidoids_sentence_13

The Voidoids' music was also characterized as art punk. Richard Hell and the Voidoids_sentence_14

Hell had written the song "Blank Generation" while still in Television; he had played it regularly with the band since at least 1975, and later with the Heartbreakers. Richard Hell and the Voidoids_sentence_15

The Voidoids released a 7" Blank Generation EP in 1976 on Ork Records including "Blank Generation", "Another World" and "You Gotta Lose". Richard Hell and the Voidoids_sentence_16

The cover featured a black-and-white cover photo taken by Hell's former girlfriend Roberta Bayley, depicting a bare-chested Hell with an open jeans zipper. Richard Hell and the Voidoids_sentence_17

It was an underground hit, and the band signed to Sire Records for its album debut. Richard Hell and the Voidoids_sentence_18

Aside from the influential Quine, Julian and future Ramone Bell, at various times the band included Naux Maciel, Michael Allison, Jahn Xavier, former Contortions and Raybeats guitarist Jody Harris and Golden Palominos leader Anton Fier. Richard Hell and the Voidoids_sentence_19

Legacy Richard Hell and the Voidoids_section_1

The Voidoids are considered to have pioneered the "punk look" and studded appearance which also became popular later on in the UK via the Sex Pistols. Richard Hell and the Voidoids_sentence_20

Lydon disputes the Voidoids influence on British punk appearance. Richard Hell and the Voidoids_sentence_21

Discography Richard Hell and the Voidoids_section_2

Studio albums Richard Hell and the Voidoids_section_3

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Singles and EPs Richard Hell and the Voidoids_section_4

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  • "Another World EP (1976, Ork Records)Richard Hell and the Voidoids_item_1_2
  • "Blank Generation" 7" single (1977, Sire Records)Richard Hell and the Voidoids_item_1_3
  • The Blank Generation 12" EP (1977, Sire Records)Richard Hell and the Voidoids_item_1_4
  • "The Kid with the Replaceable Head" 7" single (1978, Radar Records)Richard Hell and the Voidoids_item_1_5

Live albums Richard Hell and the Voidoids_section_5

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  • Funhunt: Live at CBGB's & Max's 1978 and 1979 (1989, ROIR)Richard Hell and the Voidoids_item_2_6
  • Gone to Hell (2008, Vinyl Japan)Richard Hell and the Voidoids_item_2_7

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  • Destiny Street Repaired (2009, Insound)Richard Hell and the Voidoids_item_3_8

Filmography Richard Hell and the Voidoids_section_7

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Members Richard Hell and the Voidoids_section_8

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  • Richard Hell – vocals, bassRichard Hell and the Voidoids_item_5_10
  • Robert Quine – guitar (died 2004)Richard Hell and the Voidoids_item_5_11
  • Ivan Julian – guitarRichard Hell and the Voidoids_item_5_12
  • Marc Bell (Marky Ramone) – drumsRichard Hell and the Voidoids_item_5_13
  • Naux Maciel – guitarRichard Hell and the Voidoids_item_5_14
  • Frank Mauro – drumsRichard Hell and the Voidoids_item_5_15
  • Michael Allison – guitarRichard Hell and the Voidoids_item_5_16
  • Jody Harris – guitarRichard Hell and the Voidoids_item_5_17
  • Fred Maher – drumsRichard Hell and the Voidoids_item_5_18
  • Jerry Antonius – bassRichard Hell and the Voidoids_item_5_19
  • Jahn Xavier – bassRichard Hell and the Voidoids_item_5_20
  • Ted Horowitz – bassRichard Hell and the Voidoids_item_5_21
  • James Morrison – drumsRichard Hell and the Voidoids_item_5_22
  • Anton Fier – drumsRichard Hell and the Voidoids_item_5_23
  • Geoff Freeman – guitarRichard Hell and the Voidoids_item_5_24
  • Charles Wood – drumsRichard Hell and the Voidoids_item_5_25
  • Michael Paumgarten – guitarRichard Hell and the Voidoids_item_5_26
  • Sue Williams – bassRichard Hell and the Voidoids_item_5_27

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