Blank Generation is the debut studio album by American punk rock band Richard Hell and the Voidoids. It was produced by Richard Gottehrer and released in September 1977 on Sire Records. Kentucky-born Richard Meyers moved to New York City after dropping out of high school in 1966 aspiring to become a poet. He and his best friend from high school, Tom Miller, founded the rock band the Neon Boys, which became Television in 1973.
Richard Meyers aka Richard Hell (bass, vocals) Marc Bell (drums) Ivan Julian (guitar) Robert Quine (guitar).
Richard Hell was among the first punk rockers of the early to mid-‘70s. Raised in Kentucky as Richard Meyers, he escaped school and embarked on a hitchhiking journey down south with friend Tom Miller before being caught by the police and sent back. Though cut short, Meyers’ time on the road was enough to inspire his desire to live in New York. A few months after joining, despite its success, Hell left the Heartbreakers and formed Richard Hell & the Voidoids. After the independent release of their self-titled, three-track EP they signed to Sire. Hell revived the band in 1982 with the album Destiny Street, and while successful, the Voidoids again faded into a period of quiet. During the 80’s Hell continued to write poetry and began to take small parts in movies.
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Blank Generation is the debut album from Richard Hell & The Voidoids, and I personally think it is bit better than Television's Marquee Moon. The Voidoids, though generally less technical, were able to unleash more raw energy and edge than Television. Love Comes In Spurts" opens up the album; it is a love song from a time when that didn't mean a shallow, faked display of emotion.