Hell, Richard / Spurts: The Richard Hell Story
Album: Spurts: The Richard Hell Story   Collection:General
Artist:Hell, Richard   Added:Dec 2005
Label:Rhino Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2006-02-26 Pull Date: 2006-04-30
Week Ending: Apr 30 Apr 16 Apr 9 Apr 2 Mar 26 Mar 19 Mar 12 Mar 5
Airplays: 3 1 1 2 1 2 6 4

Recent Airplay
1. Dec 23, 2023: Vinyls from the Attic
Love Comes In Spurts
4. Jan 22, 2015: Meow
2. Jun 08, 2023: down in the basement
Chinese Rocks
5. Jul 10, 2012: Meow
Thats All I Know
3. Apr 11, 2023: Vinyls from the Attic
Blank Generation, Love Comes In Spurts
6. Mar 27, 2012: meow
Ignore That Door

Album Review
Ragnar of Ravensfjord
Reviewed 2006-03-16
Awesome 21 collection of Mr. Hell’s long & storied career. From his garage rock early days to the ur-punk of The Heartbreakers & Voidoids. Eventually he goes full circle and plays with people who’ve taken his inspiration like the Dim Stars (Thurston Moore, Steve Shelly, Don Fleming). Richard Hell should be as honored not only alongside his comptemporaries but honored as an unsung legend of rock n’ roll.
((((1)))) Velvets influenced, strolling rock n’ roll with nice raw guitar.
(((((2))))) Wonderful 60’s garage twang ‘ala 13th Floors Elevators (Btw, Sonic Youth does a great cover of this).
(((((3))))) Unpolished, fuzzier than the Ramones cover. Maybe the first authentic NYC punk song?
((((4))))) Complex riff with a solid early rock/50’s jazz structure. Great guitar sound
(((((5))))) Fast, wild punk rock. Tho’ more of a 60’s/early 70’s guitar instead of the buzzsaw tone that came later.
(((((6)))) Awesome jagged tempo ‘ala “Radio Clash” but with a more 60’s vibe (think The Animals).
(((((7))))) Power pop before the fact? Much different than the Neon Boys version. Sounds more personal & heartbroken here.
(((((8))))) Fast rock n’ roll danger. Similar to early 70’s Alice Cooper or The Who in their prime.
((((((9))))) Loose & fun sound. Nice bass breakdowns from Mr. Hell & a wild Ron Asheton-like guitar break.
(((((10))))) 60’s Brit rock meets Americana? Fantastic guitar chords & overall playing.
((((11)))) Drug mania awash in wild guitars.
(((((12))))) Swingin’ power-pop with twin leads! Awesome!
(((((13))))) Funky as hell with a catchy chorus.
(((((14))))) Burly, fuzzy guitars with a roaming’ through the badlands feeling.
(((((15))))) Weirdly tuned ‘ala his bandmates usual style. Strange mix of various eras of underground NYC rock & an anti-war theme. (See it’s not about the cartoon duck!)
(((16))) Ballad with a bit of the Tex-Mex twang.
((((17))) Real strummy with a weird vocal approach & distorted 2nd guitar.
((((18)))) Snake-y, it’s nice how the vocals & the 2 guitars don’t always match yet fit the beat perfectly.
((19)) Strange conga beat & really weird vocals. Doesn’t really work.
(((((20))))) Excellent T.Rex cover with killer bass sound & cool sax work from Jad Fair.
(((((21))))) Live & direct version of #4. Authentic live sound, makes it sound like you’re (almost) there.

Track Listing
1. Love Comes In Spurts   11. Ignore That Door
2. Thats All I Know   12. Lowest Common Dominator
3. Chinese Rocks   13. Downtown At Dawn
4. Blank Generation   14. Dim Star Theme
5. Liars Beware   15. Baby Huey (Do You Wanna Dance)
6. Walking Over Water   16. Monkey
7. Love Comes In Spurts   17. The Night Is Coming On
8. The Kid With The Replaceable Head   18. Oh
9. Crack Of Dawn   19. She'll Be Coming
10. Time   20. Rip Off
  21. Blank Generation (Live At Cbgb's)