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Richard Hell and the Voidoids

Richard Hell and the Voidoids

Richard Hell led the Voidoids, one of the most harshly uncompromising bands in New York’s late-1970’s punk scene, playing songs with dissonant, jagged guitar lines and dark, free-association imagery that owed something to both Captain Beefheart and the Velvet Underground. Hell had played with Johnny Thunders’ Heartbreakers and with the Neon Boys, who later became Television. He then formed the Voidoids to perform his own songs. They were regular attractions at the punk showcase CBGB, along with Blondie, the Ramones and Talking Heads.

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