Blank Generation

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Richard Hell was one of the first men on the scene when punk rock first began to emerge in New York City as an early member of both Television and the Heartbreakers he left both groups before they could record, but his own version of punk wasn't much like anyone else's, and while Hell's debut album, Blank Generation, remains one of the most powerful to come from punk's first wave, anyone expecting a Ramones/Dead Boys-style frontal assault from this set had better readjust their expectations. "Love Comes in Spurts" and "Liar's Beware" proved the Voidoids could play fast and loud when they wanted to, but for the most part this group's formula was much more complicated than ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Richard Hell was one of the first men on the scene when punk rock first began to emerge in New York City as an early member of both Television and the Heartbreakers he left both groups before they could record, but his own version of punk wasn't much like anyone else's, and while Hell's debut album, Blank Generation, remains one of the most powerful to come from punk's first wave, anyone expecting a Ramones/Dead Boys-style frontal assault from this set had better readjust their expectations. "Love Comes in Spurts" and "Liar's Beware" proved the Voidoids could play fast and loud when they wanted to, but for the most part this group's formula was much more complicated than that; guitarists Robert Quine and Ivan Julian bounced sharp, edgy patterns off each other that were more about psychological tension than brute force though Quine's solos suggest a fragile grace beneath the surface of their neo-Beefheart chaos, and while most punk nihilism was of the simplistic "Everything Sucks" variety, Hell was with the exception of Patti Smith the most literate and consciously poetic figure in the New York punk scene. While there's little on the album that's friendly or life-affirming, there's a crackling intelligence to songs like "New Pleasure," "Betrayal Takes Two," and "Another World" that confirmed Hell has a truly unique lyrical voice, at once supremely self-confident and dismissive of nearly everything around him sometimes including himself. Brittle and troubling, but brimming with ideas and musical intelligence, Blank Generation was groundbreaking punk rock that followed no one's template, and today it sounds just as fresh -- and nearly as abrasive -- as it did when it first hit the racks.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/1990
  • Label: Sire / London/Rhino
  • UPC: 075992613729
  • Catalog Number: 26137
  • Sales rank: 39,986

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Love Comes in Spurts (2:03)
  2. 2 Liars Beware (2:52)
  3. 3 New Pleasure (1:58)
  4. 4 Betrayal Takes Two (3:37)
  5. 5 Down at the Rock and Roll Club (4:05)
  6. 6 Who Says? (2:07)
  7. 7 Blank Generation (2:45)
  8. 8 Walking on the Water (2:17)
  9. 9 The Plan (3:56)
  10. 10 Another World (8:14)
  11. 11 I'm Your Man (2:55)
  12. 12 All the Way (3:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Richard Hell & the Voidoids Primary Artist, Track Performer
Richard Hell Indexed Contributor, Bass, Vocals
Robert Quine Guitar, Background Vocals
Marc Bell Drums
Ivan Julian Guitar, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Richard Hell Arranger, Producer, Art Direction, Cover Design
Robert Quine Arranger
Greg Calbi Mastering
Richard Gottehrer Producer
Don Hunerberg Engineer
Jerry Solomon Engineer
John Piccarella Liner Notes
Rob Freeman Engineer
Steve Taylor Collage
John Gillespie Art Direction, Cover Design
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