Richard Meyers, 2 October 1949, Lexington, Kentucky, USA. A seminal figure on New Yorks emergent punk scene, Hell embodied the fierce nihilism of the genre. In 1971, he was a founder member of the Neon Boys with guitarist Tom Verlaine. Hell first performed several of his best-known songs, including Love Comes In Spurts, while in this band. He also published a handful of poems with Verlaine during this period under the Teresa Sterne pseudonym. The Neon Boys subsequently mutated into Television where Hells torn clothing, the result of impoverishment, inspired Malcolm McLarens ideas for the Sex Pistols. Personality clashes resulted in Hells departure in 1975. He then formed the Heartbreakers with former New York Dolls guitarist Johnny Thunders and drummer Jerry Nolan, but once again left prematurely.
Hell reappeared in 1976 fronting his own unit, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, with twin-lead guitarists Bob...