Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Links to Nathan Ginther's Vinyl Night Picks

New York Dolls, Richard Hell and the Voidoids

By Nathan Ginther

The New York Dolls - Stranded in the Jungle.
We all know who The Dolls influenced. They were pioneers of punk and glam rock of nearly every permutation to come. During their original run they were less appreciated than celebrated. In hindsight, they were important. I'm slightly more interested in the pop and girl groups of the 1960's who influenced The Dolls. Here is a link to an earlier version of Stranded in the Jungle as performed by The Orlons.

Richard Hell and the Voidoids - Blank Generation
This is the title track from the first Voidoids album. After taking a backseat to the songwriting of Tom Verlaine in Television, Richard Hell combined his frenetic bass skills with his achingly sincere lyrical style on the 1977 Blank Generation LP. Each of the 12 tracks on this album is a high point, but I'll call special attention to 'Down at the Rock and Roll Club' and 'I'm Your Man'. Here is a version of the former.


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