Pure Hell

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Pure Hell is a punk-rock band,[citation needed] established in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1974,[1] during the high point of punk culture in New York City, London and Los Angeles.[2][3] It has been cited by Bad Brains "as an early influence".

Among the pioneers of the post-garage, acid rock, glam-theatre era of the late 1960s and early 1970s, Pure Hell was among the first of its kind, comparable to the MC5, Sex Pistols, Dead Boys and Germs. Commercially, the band had little success and only released one single ("These Boots are Made for Walking" b/w "No Rules")[4] and one album (Noise Addiction), which was unreleased for 28 years.[1] Pure Hell also has an unreleased album produced in the mid-1990s by former members of L.A. Guns, Nine Inch Nails and Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead, entitled The Black Box. This album has Kilmister singing background vocals in a rare song titled "The Call". In 2012, Pure Hell reformed to play their first gig since 1979 at the Rebellion Festival at the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool alongside Rancid, Buzzcocks, Public Image Ltd and Social Distortion.


  1. ^ a b http://swindlemagazine.com/issue10/pure-hell/ Archived December 10, 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ A.D. Amorosi, "Along Came a Spider", Philadelphia City Paper, April 25-May 1, 2002
  3. ^ MTV: "Afro-Punk: Five Years Of Rebellion"
  4. ^ James Porter and Jake Austen, "Black Punk Time: Blacks in Punk, New Wave and Hardcore 1976-1984 (Part 3)", from Roctober #32, 2002

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