Richard Hell & The Voidoids


I had an interesting life in New York for four or five years before I started in music. Or it seems interesting in retrospect. At the time it was boring and maddening and difficult. I had a million dumb jobs, though each one was interesting for a few days, I took a fair number of drugs, but they were all psychedelic drugs or stimulants - never narcotics or tranquilizers - I got involved in the poetry world...but I was also hungry a lot and depressed and angry and dissatisfied. Life wasn't really matching my fantasies and desires and needs, 29 January 2008

Richard Hell and the Voidoids were a rock band from the first wave of punk rock, fronted by Richard Hell, 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, Michael Allison, Jahn Xavier, former Contortions and Raybeats guitarist Jody Harris, Golden Palominos leader Anton Fier, and future Ramone Marc Bell. The Voidoids are considered to have pioneered the punk look and studded appearance which became commonplace around the time of the Sex Pistols. Richard Hell and the Voidoids also starred in Ulli Lommel’s 1980 film Blank Generation.