Long considered the forefather of the punk movement (with Malcolm McLaren copping his style for the Sex Pistols), former musician-current author Richard Hell created music fit for the questioning, rebellious child in us all.
Thus, his (relatively few) songs connected with many generations of outsiders and have found themselves (in a mini-career of sorts) as perfect soundtrack underscoring. In 1981 horror treat Fear No Evil, in which director Frank LaLoggia mirrored his alienation as a gay teen with a story of a boy destined to satanic activity, Hell’s classic Blank Generation is used beneath a scene where the main antagonist delivers a little unrepentant comeuppance to his long suffering girlfriend. Ouch.
Meanwhile, Hell, himself, appeared in DIY director Nick Zedd’s 1983 Geek Maggot Bingo or The Freak from Suckweasel Mountain – an extremely experimental horror comedy featuring a Frankenstein variation and Hell as the Rawhide Kid.
Below, is a clip of Hell performing Blank Generation in low budget horror ‘maestro’ Ulli Lommel’s film of the same name:
Hell, who recently released a beautiful memoir about his ripped ‘n’ spiking heyday, can be sought out at www.richardhell.com –
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