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Thursday, 19 September 2013

Pure Hell Classic U.S. Punk

I have wanted to do a blogpost about Pure Hell for ages now and having just found their long time unreleased album on You Tube I thought it would be a good idea to do it now. Click on the links to enjoy the music.
Formed in 1974 in Philadelphia Pure Hell are one of the first all black Punk Rock bands. They recorded an album in 1978 'Noise Addiction' that for one reason or another it remained unreleased for almost 30 years. You can purchase the album over at CD Baby. Listen to the album in full here.

They only had one single released in 1978 and both A and B sides are included on the album.

B-Side: No Rules.

Notes from CD Baby
"In 1974, on the streets of Philadelphia, a band unlike any other was formed. They called themselves Pretty Poison. The band consisted of Stinker (Kenny Gordon) on vocals, Chip Wreck (Preston Morris III) on guitar, Lenny Steel (Kerry Boles) on bass, and Spider (Michael Sanders) on drums. They had a sound so ahead of its time that the music industry was not yet ready for it. They coupled the punk sound of the New York bands of the time with a harder, faster heavy metal edge unheard before. Their unique sound was a result of Gordon's berserk choreography and Morris's needling guitar riffs, while Steel and Spider added a synchronized barrage with no nonsense execution to the arsenal.

Inspired by the famous fuel-altered dragster, they changed their name to Pure Hell in 1975. Soon after, they moved to New York City where they played with bands like the New York Dolls, Sid Vicious, Wayne County and the Electric Chairs, The Dead Boys, The Stimulators, Richard Hell, The Germs, The Nuns, The Cramps and more. In 1978 Pure Hell headlined a tour of the UK, with bands like The UK Subs*, Wilko Johnson, Vermilion & the Aces and more opening for them. While in the UK, their only original record was released. It was a single released by their manager Curtis Knight on his label, Golden Sphinx Records. The songs on the single were “These Boots Are Made for Walking” and “No Rules.” The single charted in the top 40 charts in the UK. During the same year, a full length album was recorded but was never released. It did not surface again for 26 years…

Rumors blaze with talks of an upcoming release of new material, possibly coupled with tracks recorded in the 90's, that were initially intended for release as "THE BLACK BOX," including bass & production by Lemmy Kilmister / MOTORHEAD as well as production by Mick Cripps / LA GUNS. Would be no surprise for a book and a feature film to hit very soon. There's definitely more music from this band and a story that needs to be told. Both are long overdue!"

* Pure Hell were actually the support band. They also played the Music Machine in Camden Town.

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