Richard Hell and the Voidoids : Blank Generation + Robert Quine interview

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    Love those guys. Wish they'd had more output. :(

    My favorite. Beautifully shambolic in all the right ways:

     
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    The reissue of the LP had liner notes from Ivan, the other guitar player. Its really cool. I love that style of punk with the only slightly overdriven angular guitars like this, Wire, Gang of Four, Minutemen, etc.
     
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    see no evil is a cool riff
     
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    We had a thread about the Voidoids and Robert Quine not too long ago. A couple of months back maybe. It sent me off on a week-long journey to learn quineistic angularity. That was fun and very rewarding!
     
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    A great read. Thanks for sharing :)
     
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    I do like the music and saw Quine live a couple of times but I get more sad than excited over this stuff.
    I knew Quine and used to hang out with him (with others though, we weren't really friends), and also worked as a guitar tech in a shop where Ivan Julian was the amp tech. Ivan picked up and dropped off amps, or I brought them to his apt in my neighborhood.
    They are/ were two of the most unhappy men I've ever known.
    I can confirm that they were not poseurs playing that music!

    Both were clean while I was sinking into addiction, and I sold all my valuable vinyl for dope in the same West Village record shop where Quine sold his collection before his suicide.
    I wanted dope and he wanted to make sure his vinyl didn't go in a dumpster. I thought that was interesting, his protection of his collection when in a state of mind where he had no wish to protect his own life.

    I also did a lot of business in a guitar shop next to the Chelsea Hotel and ended up with one of Ivans Strats, which I ended up parting out and only keeping the neck. Not very respectful but in a way par for the course of blank generation.
    The Strat was a ten pound '77 with flat frets, but I liked the neck and pulled the frets but didn't finish the refret before going for homelessness, which ended up meaning that neck was literally the only piece of gear I managed to keep since no pawn shop would give me money for it.

    One show Quine played was at Harvard's Sanders Theater with John Zorn and Bill Frisell.
    The place was packed with minks and diamonds.
    Most totally unprepared for the onslaught that ensued.

    In less than ten minutes more than half the minks slinked out in disgust!

    Went down and tried to talk with them after the show and there was no camaraderie between them.
    Quine was typically bitter, Frisell was typically shy, and Zorn was typically pompous.
    Zorn was also way louder and it was hard to hear the guitars.
     
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    Liars Beware

     
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    what a remarkable story. i'd buy you a couple shots of the good stuff to hear more of these tales.

    i was born too late to ever experience NYC in the pre-disney era - i think the first time i was ever there was 1997 or 1998.

    but i am definitely fascinated with the late 70s / early 80s period of the city. goes without saying, but glad you survived!

     
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