Posted: April 8, 2020 in MUSIC
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Richard Hell has a new/old single out in New York. Around November of last year, Hell had disbanded his group, but not until he had recorded two new songs. This pair of tracks “Time” and “Don’t Die” have just been released on an EP paired up with some of Hell’s earliest-ever recordings. On the lip side is a primitive version of “Love Comes In Spurts” and “That’s All I Know(Right Now)”. Both songs are Neon Boys Recordings, from back in 1973 when Richard Hell was playing with future Television leader Tom Verlaine. The EP comes with a photo pic sleeve and was released on Shake Records.

The Neon Boys was an early 1970s New York City punk band, composed of Tom Verlaine, Richard Hell and Billy Ficca. The trio later went on to form the influential rock band Television in 1973; Richard Hell also went on to form the influential punk band Richard Hell and the Voidoids.

Two Neon Boys’ recordings, “That’s All I Know (Right Now)” and “Love Comes Spurts,” were released by Shake Records on a 1980 EP, backed with two songs by Richard Hell and the Voidoids

These days, Hell has been writing a column for the East Village Eye under the title “Slum Journal” and is also completing a short novelette called “The Voidoid”.


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