Richard Hell & the Voidoids

Richard Hell [EP]

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This 1976 three-song EP is many things. It is frenetic, abstract, jazzy, cool, punk rock, artsy, and really, really good. The six-minute "(I Could Live With You) In Another World" is a strutting, jazzy, avant-punk song. Robert Quine's signature freakout guitar is in the forefront. The classic "(I Belong to The) Blank Generation" is still groundbreaking, with stream-of-consciousness lyrics. One can tell, though, that even if Hell was a punk, he still listened to his Dylan records. The bluesy "You Gotta Lose" is a confident, up-tempo song. This song is a perfect example of why Hell fit in with Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers initially. Another reason to have this EP is that the songs are different mixes than what appeared on the Blank Generation LP. The only downfall to this record is that it contains only three songs.