Not quite sure how Lenny Kaye made it to this list, but the rest are all great. Robert Quine: Nobody else played like Quine, a disciple of Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground who developed a knack for breaking the backs of melodies, shaking strings like a hyper-caffeinated B.B. King, and spewing out some of the most angular, jittery guitar lines ever laid on tape. From his debut on Richard Hell & the Voidoid’s classic first album to his later work with Tom Waits, Brian Eno, Marianne Faithfull, Lloyd Cole, Matthew Sweet, and eventually his hero Reed, the seemingly unflappable, Ray Ban-ed Quine pursued his singular vision. It was a shock to his fans―but not necessarily to his friends, who knew he was depressed following the death of his wife―when Quine committed suicide in 2004. Prime cut: “Blank Generation” from Richard Hell & the Voidoids’ 1977 Blank Generation.

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Publication: Punk Rock

Publication date: 09/07/2008