Richard Hell and the Voidoids

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2002 (The 2003 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

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Will Richard Hell and the Voidoids be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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15 comments so far (post your own)

The fact that more hype can be summoned for someone like N'Sync or Britney than Richard Hell only goes to show that his most famous of lyrics has come true:

"This is a Blank Generation"

and, much like Mr. Hell, I can take it or leave it, you know.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Thursday, 01.1.09 @ 13:51pm

The fact that they have a 26% chance of induction after only 22% approval is pretty fricking impressive.

Posted by Ray on Monday, 03.23.09 @ 11:09am

I am convinced that everyone who has voted no for Richard Hell and the Voidoids have absolutely no clue as to who they are and what they represented. As stated earlier, just listen to "This is a Blank Generation".

The 26% is assigned by the site. The 78% who voted no just don't have a clue!

Posted by Dameon on Monday, 03.23.09 @ 11:54am

Kind of odd that he hasn't been considered yet and the poll is even more confusing. I'd say he has a good shot at induction.

Posted by Dude Man on Thursday, 09.17.09 @ 13:14pm

Hugely influential and innovative. They should at least have been considered by now.

Posted by Chalkie on Wednesday, 05.5.10 @ 13:12pm

Insanely important figure in punk history. Laid a lot of the groundwork that we immediately associate with genuine punk.

Hell, along with the Jam and the Buzzcocks are easily the most important uninducted punk acts at this point.

Posted by DarinRG on Wednesday, 02.9.11 @ 23:41pm

If the Hall wished to accurately represent punk, then Richard Hell and the Voidoids should have gone in several years ago. The fact that they've never been considered as I'm writing this truly shows the Hall's ignorance.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Monday, 04.4.11 @ 14:29pm

I don't care how influential and innovative he may be. By giving himself the name Richard Hell, this person has committed incredible blasphemy worthy of eternal condemnation in the lake of fire he so cavalierly mocks. Richard Hell has willingly chosen to align himself with the forces of Satan by choosing this name. I encourage you to not patronize him in any way by paying for his music or anything associated with it.

Posted by Evangelist on Saturday, 07.7.12 @ 16:36pm

But Evangelist, didn't you yourself say you don't mind the word "Hell" since it's mentioned in the Bible?

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Sunday, 07.8.12 @ 03:59am

But this man is going too far. By naming himself Hell it's the same as if he named himself Satan. It results in a cultlike following by attracting people who worship the devil.

Posted by Evangelist on Sunday, 07.8.12 @ 17:48pm

Probably not. It more likely results in overzealous preachy nutcases becoming mad over an absolutely stupid little thing like somebody's stage name, which only makes them look more foolish. Give me the name of one person that became a satanist because he was a fan of Richard Hell and The Voidoids.

Posted by The_Claw on Sunday, 07.8.12 @ 18:53pm

I never said anyone "became a satanist because he was a fan of Richard Hell and The Voidoids." I said he attracted satanists the way dog poop attracts flies.

But you're asking a question that's impossible to answer. That's like asking me to give the name of one person who became a folkie because they liked Bob Dylan.

How the "hell" should I know?

Posted by Evangelist on Sunday, 07.8.12 @ 20:51pm

Always liked him but no way. He just didn't have that type of career, some of that by choice, but still.

Posted by astrodog on Thursday, 07.12.12 @ 22:19pm

Not before TELEVISION!
But yes.

Posted by BulmaPunkRocker on Sunday, 07.6.14 @ 23:30pm

Richard Hell as well as being the reincarnation of Arthur Rimbaud he was also an astonishing visual representation of misinterpreted genius. Overshadowed by Tom Verlaine during his stint in Television he decided to form his own band. This eventually forced the fruition of the most formative anthem for the punk movement. If thats not enough John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) based his entire ascetic on Hell and his band

Posted by jdog on Tuesday, 12.15.15 @ 14:42pm

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