13 Comments (since 1 May 2013)
a true great , one of my all time favorite pieces of music, richard hell , underated, i will take a butchers at his memoir, he always made sense to me,,,,fine jammin...
LOVE! Agree with @kingofmen on RH. A star.
one of my favourite albums of all time - every track a classic!
this is the fucking anthem, get ya damn hands up! wait...
Genius. Mclaren lifted the spirit of this song for the Pistols' "Pretty Vacant".
@newley @BertrandRustles @kingofmen : agreed! @btener: exeunt Mr. Hell ... @ssolo985: according to Hell's memoir, Mclaren lifted punk rock from Hell/Television/NYC ... ;-)
i was living around the corner from him for a while in NYC very smart guy, interesting conversationalist, that whole scene with laurie anderson, and the rest of that art crowd were underrated, theirs was a desire to do the new, if i had to put a buck on it i would say RH was the first punk, ramones were in there but RH had the poets soul.
@kingofmen you were there! i love the music from the early nyc punk scene, and can't imagine what it would have been like to be in the middle of it, lower east side in the mid/late seventies. my exposure was a decade later, out here on the west coast. one of the interesting things hell says in his memoir, which struck me as immediately "right," was that the musicians in that scene generally viewed the ramones as a novelty act, rather than a serious band.
@MichelleJensen nah, i wish,,i was there after the had all happened, when that scene was being reflective and arty, my girfriend from styvesant town 13th street did take me to see jonny thunders and the new york dolls, but i was v young, and did not appreciate what was happening, i lived in alphabet city.bowery,soho, were all that crowd used to hang out, the only one who was a bit weird was lou reed, love his music , but strange guy.....
RH came up with the ''punk '' template of intelligent considered sometimes agressive songs, the ramones seemed flat out all the time, when i was on the bowery our loft practicaly over looked C.B.G.B.'s the shear number of great bands who passed through that place was incredable, hilly crystal, would just let em loose on the stage. and not worry to much.
you got me at it with NYC had to post paloma faiths reflective piece NY -NY, as an antidote to thinking about CBGB's...ahhh young richard does look good in this vid
gonna look for his memoir this afternoon, in the charing cross rd, then read it and weep at my mis spent youth ,,,hahahaa and wish i could mis spend it again....
@kingofmen Hell's memoir isn't as arty-beautiful as Patti Smith's, but it's very good on its own terms