NEON BOYSNeon Boys

Formed: New York, NY, USA

Tom Verlaine - vocals, guitar
Richard Hell - vocals, bass
Billy Ficca - drums

The Neon Boys comprised future punk/new wave stars Tom Verlaine, Richard Hell, and Billy Ficca. Ficca had been playing in a blues band in Delaware when he was invited by his old friend Verlaine to join the new band. The group lasted a very short time, from Autumn 1972 to April 1973, but thankfully had managed to record a six song demo before they split. Three songs from this recording were later released on a 1980 EP, Richard Hell & The Voidoids / Neon Boys: 'That's All I Know', 'Love Comes In Spurts' , and 'High Heeled Wheels'' were all written and sung by Hell, and offered some impressively punky blasts of garage noise. The other three songs were all Verlaine efforts - 'Tramp', 'Hot Dog', 'Poor Circulation' - and all remain unissued.

Looking for a second guitarist in 1973, auditions were held. Chris Stein was up first, but he turned down the job. As Verlaine told Clinton Heylin: "He came and heard a few songs and played guitar and said, 'This stuff's too fast. I don't like this stuff. This stuff's not commercial'. He could play it, though". He later formed Blondie and did all right for himself.

The next to audition - Douglas Colvin - was not so lucky, and he was rejected. Hell: "Tom would say, 'We'll play a C; and [Colvin] went from fret to fret, he would look up with these questioning eyes. He'd look up and we'd shake our heads". Colvin later changed his name to Dee Dee Ramone and changed the course of rock n roll history in the Ramones,

In 1973 the band recruited Richard Lloyd as a second guitarist and changed its name to Television in 1973. Hell of course went on to to form The Heartbreakers (with Johnny Thunders) and then Richard Hell and the Voidoids. 'Love Comes In Spurts' was radically re-worked for each of these bands.

HIGH HEELED WHEELS

High on your heels, your heels are wheels
Metal will rattle
Buttery leather a whole lot better

Yes your slipper made Jack the Ripper
Melt in his belt
High heel shoes they kick the blues

Your boots so pink that I can't think
Your heels so high oh my we'll fly
We'll move so fast won't nothin catch
Our high heel wheels, our high heel wheels
We'll steer by the stars in our high heeled cars

Got your roots inside your boots
zipper goes ripper
foot to the floor we're out the door

Your boots so pink that I can't think
Your heels so high oh my we'll fly
We'll move so fast won't nothin catch
Our high heel wheels, our high heel wheels
We'll steer by the stars in our high heeled cars

See you comin, my heart starts drummin
heat to the feet
fuel starts pumpin and we start jumpin

Your boots so pink that I can't think
Your heels so high oh my we'll fly
We'll move so fast won't nothin catch
our high heel wheels, our high heel wheels
We'll steer by the stars in our high heeled cars

LOVE COMES IN SPURTS

I stood and stared at her face and nothin seemed to come
And then she smiled and that look just licked me like a tongue

Because love comes in spurts for sure
Though sometimes it hurts far more
You just get love in spurts

I held her waist and her wrist and I kissed her in the hair
Forgotten love started pumpin like a fountain inside there

Because love comes in spurts for sure
Though sometimes it hurts far more
You just get love in spurts

Oh darlin love'll come pump in your soul two feet deep
Two minutes later alligators'll chew you in your sleep

Because love comes in spurts for sure
Though sometimes it hurts far more
You just get love in spurts

Oh my honey wipe the tears that streak down your cheek
And don't you think I don't care, you only do cuz you feel weak

Because love comes in spurts for sure
Though sometimes it hurts far more
You just get love in spurts, in spurts, in spurts, in spurts...

 

THAT'S ALL I KNOW (RIGHT NOW)

My nerves are buzzin and my heart is gone
I think I once was different but I might be wrong
There's ghosts in the attic and bones on the wall
But it's all right I don't care at all

I'm yours, and you
You're mine and that's
That's all I know right now
That's all
That's all I know, right now

It's dark outside except for pinpoint light
Why a little gold tooth lost in a fight
I'll duck outside pick it up from the street
Stomp on it once and lay it at your feet

I'm yours, and you
You're mine and that's
That's all I know right now
That's all
That's all I know

Aw baby it's dark out there, but
Aw baby it's dark in here, but
Oh darlin I don't care, no, no

The t.v.'s up against the wall like a painting
While everybody here in the museum's fainting
Well I myself have got froth on my lips
It's delicious lady, won't you have a sip?

I'm yours, and you
You're mine and that's
That's all I know right now
That's all
That's all I know, right now

I'm yours, and you
You're mine and that's
That's all I know right now
That's all
That's all I know, right now

DISCOGRAPHY

Extraneous Releases

Richard Hell & The Voidoids / Neon Boys split Spurts: The Richard Hell Story    
Richard Hell & The Voidoids / Neon Boys
(7", 1980)
Spurts: The Richard Hell Story
(CD, as Richard Hell, 2005)
   

Various Artists

Shake To Date UK LP 1980 (Albion): That's All I Know / Love Comes In Spurts

Links

WIKIPEDIA

RICHARD HELL

ALL MUSIC GUIDE

 

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