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The Neon Boys
OriginNew York, New York, United States
GenresProto-punk
Years active1972–1974
LabelsShake
Associated actsTelevision
The Heartbreakers
Richard Hell and the Voidoids
Past membersRichard Hell
Tom Verlaine
Billy Ficca

The Neon Boys were an early 1970s New York City punk band, composed of Tom Verlaine, Richard Hell and Billy Ficca. The trio later went on to form the influential rock band Television in 1973; Richard Hell also went on to form the influential punk band Richard Hell and the Voidoids.[1]

Background

Two Neon Boys' recordings, "That's All I Know (Right Now)" and "Love Comes Spurts," were released by Shake Records on a 1980 EP, backed with two songs by Richard Hell and the Voidoids.[2] The same songs were re-released in 1991 by Overground Records with the addition of one more Neon Boys song, "High Heeled Wheels."[3]

History

Information about the Neon Boys includes oral histories, newspaper and magazine articles, and narratives written by the band members themselves. As such, there may be some discrepancies in issues like band formation dates and songs recorded. For example, according to The A to Z of Alternative Music, only two songs were recorded by the Neon Boys.[4] This is contradicted by Genius that lists four songs.[5] The fact that the band never performed a live show adds to the confusion.[6]

Tom Verlaine and Richard Hell were schoolmates and friends according to Please Kill Me.[7] The two met attending the Sanford School, a private boarding institution in Wilmington, DE.[8] Richard Hell left school and moved to New York City in 1966.[9] When interviewed, Hell has described running away from home as "one of his favorite things to do."[10] This may be emblematic of a desire for adventure and taking chances--a trait that eventually ran through the music of the Neon Boys.[11] Tom Verlaine joined Hell in New York in the late sixties. Additional discrepancies in the band's timeline can be seen in a New York Times article that has Verlaine arriving in 1968.[12] An oral history written by Marky Ramone does not have either Hell or Verlaine coming to New York until 1969.[13] Billy Ficca, who had previously played in a band with Verlaine, also relocated to New York.[14]

Eventually, both Hell and Verlaine would come to work in the bookstore, Cinemabilia.[15] This bookstore proved to be a fortunate and serendipitous place to work. Hell and Verlaine's position put them in contact with Terry Ork. Terry Ork was Cinemabilia's manager and had extensive connections to Andy Warhol and other assorted members of the New York music scene. Ork encouraged Verlaine and Hell to start a band and offered them rehearsal space.[16] Richard Lloyd joined the band on Ork's suggestion.[17] It is at this point, with a change in band line up, that the Neon Boys reformed as Television.

Discography

EPs's
  • "Time"/"Don't Die"/"That's All I Know (Right Now)"/"Love Comes In Spurts" (1980; 7")
  • "Time"/"Don't Die"/"That's All I Know (Right Now)"/"Love Comes In Spurts"/"High Heeled Wheels" (1991)

References

  1. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "The Neon Boys | Biography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved December 25, 2014.
  2. ^ "Richard Hell + The Voidoids (Part III)* / The Neon Boys". Discogs. Retrieved February 28, 2020.
  3. ^ "Richard Hell + The Voidoids (Part III)* / The Neon Boys". Retrieved February 28, 2020.
  4. ^ Taylor, Steve (2006). The A to X of Alternative Music. Continuum. p. 124. ISBN 978-0826482174.
  5. ^ "Neon Boys". Genius.com. Retrieved February 27, 2020.
  6. ^ "Richard Hell Reviews HBO's Vinyl". Stereogum. 2016-02-15. Retrieved 2020-02-28.
  7. ^ McNeil, Legs (2016). Please kill me : the uncensored oral history of punk. p. 421. ISBN 978-0-8021-2536-1. OCLC 974432797.
  8. ^ Waterman, Bryan (2011), "Marquee Moon", Television's Marquee Moon, Bloomsbury Publishing Inc, pp. 156–194, doi:10.5040/9781501397370.ch-006, ISBN 978-1-5013-9737-0
  9. ^ Diggory, Terrence (2009). Encyclopedia of New York School Poets. Infobase Publishing. p. 218. ISBN 9781438119052.
  10. ^ "No Fury: The Bowery's Changed, But Richard Hell Doesn't Mind". Observer. 2013-03-06. Retrieved 2020-02-26.
  11. ^ Dempsey, Dean (April 1, 2015). "Richard Hell: In Conversation with Dean Dempsey". SFAQ, NYAQ, LXAQ. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  12. ^ Rockwell, John (February 25, 1977). "Where to Plug Into Television". The New York Times. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  13. ^ Ramone, Markey (2017). PUNK ROCK BLITZKRIEG : my life as a ramone. MUSIC Press Books. p. 96. ISBN 978-1-78606-286-4. OCLC 983641921.
  14. ^ Waterman, Bryan (2011), "Marquee Moon", Television's Marquee Moon, Bloomsbury Publishing Inc, pp. 156–194, doi:10.5040/9781501397370.ch-006, ISBN 978-1-5013-9737-0
  15. ^ McNeil, Legs (2016). Please kill me : the uncensored oral history of punk. p. 164. ISBN 978-0-8021-2536-1. OCLC 974432797.
  16. ^ McNeil, Legs (2016). Please kill me : the uncensored oral history of punk. p. 165. ISBN 978-0-8021-2536-1. OCLC 974432797.
  17. ^ McNeil, Legs (2016). Please kill me : the uncensored oral history of punk. p. 164. ISBN 978-0-8021-2536-1. OCLC 974432797.

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