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Editors’ Notes

Like so many of the bands that emerged from CBGBs in the ‘70s, Richard Hell & The Voidoids had one foot in the punk rock movement and one foot in the art scene. Much as been made of Hell’s ambitions as a poet, but his lyrics also revel in unabashed silliness. Take, for example, a line from “Love Comes in Spurts,” a song that suits its title perfectly: “I held her waist and her wrist and I kissed her in the hair / Forgotten love started pumpin’ like a fountain inside there.” Despite the defining sentiments of its title track, Blank Generation goes a long way in subverting the codes of punk. Rather than pursue the slamming power chords of the Sex Pistols and the Ramones, the Voidoids conjure a storm of wobbly, intertwining guitar lines that borrow from Captain Beefheart, Albert Ayler, and Television, Hell’s former band. Above all its many assets, this is one of the great guitar albums of the punk era. A partnership for the ages, dueling guitarists Robert Quine and Ivan Julian achieve a sublime, if wonderfully off-kilter chemistry.

Customer Reviews

Why has no one written a review?

To anyone who is thinking of buying this album: buy it. This is one of the greatest albums you'll ever hear. Every song is amazing. This album is so fresh and different sounding, even though it is three decades old. Hell's voice is unlike anything you'll hear. And his lyrical stylings are unmatched. The rythms and riffs and solos are seriously amazing. If you get this album, you will not be dissapointed.

Not the LP version but still great

Unfortunately, the CD release of this excellent album substituted the inferior (but still good) "alternate version" of "Down at the Rock and Roll Club" for the one that was on the original album. A real shame, but no reason not to buy this O.G. punk classic.

A classic

A classic. Great guitar from Ivan Julian & Robert Quine. An over-looked classic of New Yawk Rock.

Blank Generation, Richard Hell & The Voidoids
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock, Punk
  • Released: 1977

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