Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Richard Hell and the Voidoids - Blank Generation

Another classic from the US. I love this track, when it came out we all thought that the title "Blank Generation" was a term for punks with Blank being bored, etc. But Richard Hell later on said that it meant Blank - Fill in the gap.

For me Richard Hell is underrated and produced some excellent tracks.

This rip is from another 12" with three tracks (I'm getting fed up of doing these scans), the a-side 'Blank Generation' is the stand out track, but 'Liars Beware' is also excellent.

So leave a comment and tell me what you think, which track do your prefer?

Band: Richard Hell and the Voidoids
Label: Sire
Year: 1977
1. Blank Generation
2. Liars Beware
3. Who Says?

Ripped from glorious scratched vinyl:

If you like this, the you will love 'Richard Hells' debut album, all three of these tracks are on it plus some other excellent standout tracks such as "Love comes in spurts","Plan" and "I'm Your Man". What are you waiting for?
Blank Generation
Blank Generation


eric said...

Richard Hell put out some amazing music. His backing band was excellent,Robert Quine is one of the all time under rated guitar players, and Ivan julian is no slouch either.
Nice Blog

Dave said...

I love blank generation and liars beware. Richard Hell and the voidois are great. I was wondering if you have the original Blank Generation EP from 1976? It's quite hard to find?

garychching said...

Hi Eric and Dave, thanks for your comments.

I have been listening to the album nearly non-stop since this posting, and have now noticed how alike the guitars playing (and riffs) are to Babyshambles. Have you noticed it? My son who is a big Pete fan scoffed this at first but now acknowledges it, I wonder if Pete Doherty has heard this album.

garychching said...

Hi Dave, no I haven't, another one I would love in my collection, but you're right you don't see it around too often.

Lanark said...

You need to hunt down a single by Bob McFadden & Dor (aka Rod McKuen!) called "Beat Generation"
Richard Hell pretty much copped the song "Blank Generation" wholesale from this late 50's novelty tune.
(The b-side of which is "the Mummy" which surfaced in the late 90's in a cover version by the Fall)

Dave said...

The Hives have borrowed alot of Richard Hell, most notably their album Tyrannosaurus Hives. I do a weekly radiio show, that plays alot of old punk/new wave, Richard Hell is amoung one of my favourites to play.

garychching said...

Hi Lanmark thanks for the info, I will look for this Bob Mcfaden track, is it hard to find?

I want to hear both sides now.

garychching said...

Hi Dave, I am a Hives fan but I have never noticed the similarity between Richard hell and the Hives, but I wasn't looking for it, so I will give it a try.

garychching said...

Hi Lanark tracked down the Beat Generation by Bob McFaden and you are right the similarity is very obvious. I wonder if Bob McFaden copied something else.

Anonymous said...

The 1959 album by Bob McFadden and Dor can be found here:

garychching said...

Thanks for pointing the album out anon

Dave said...

Hey Gary,
I found this which may be of interest to you. It's the Blank Generation EP from 1976:


I'm not sure if you've seen this site before or if i've mentioned this link to you. If I did, then I apologize, if not then enjoy!

garychching said...

Hi Dave, hope all is well, yep I always keep an eye on isksp. No need to apologize mate, by the way have you checked out the Bob McFadden song in comment above yours. it is amazing how similar Blank generation is.

Dave said...

I haven't checked it out yet, but I will now.

I do frequent your site, you always post some great obscure music that I've never heard of.

garychching said...

hi Dave, thanks for the compliment much appreciated. I think your find it interesting listening to the McFadden song and then Blank generation, very similar but different. It would make a good contrast on your show.

By the way I talked to the Stanley Blacks last week they were going to send you their new single, whats the best address to send it?

Dave said...

I didnt see this reply until today. It can be sent to the email that is on my blog, damn.that.television@gmail.com