(PRWEB) November 12, 2004
Pure Hell was the very first all black punk rock group back in the late 1970's. They had one single released in England which made it to #4 on the British Charts. The two songs on the single were ÂThese Boots Are Made For WalkingÂ which was a punk version of Nancy SinatraÂs hit song, and the ÂNo RulesÂ written by members of the band. The band consisted of Kenny Gordon aka Stinker, Preston Morris aka Chip Wreck, Kerry Boles aka Lenny Still, and Michael Sanders aka Spider.
Curtis Knight, who is credited with the discovery of Pure Hell and also Jimi Hendrix, and Kathy Knight-McConnell were partners in Golden Sphinx Records and took this outrageous and talented band into the studio together. Curtis Knight died on November 29, 1999 so as the surviving partner Kathy Knight-McConnell holds all of the rights to these masters and the other material being offered with them on Ebay. These masters are extremely rare and there is enough material to put together a pretty good album or even to use in a documentary production about the band.
The first 24 track studio master which was recorded at Right Track Recording Studios on 2/27/78 contains the following songs:
2) I Feel Bad
3) Hard Action
4) Lame Brain
6) Wild One
7) Rot In The Doghouse
The second 24 track studio master was recorded on 9/20/78 also at Right Track Recording Studios and contains:
1) These Boots Are Made For Walking
2) No Rules
3) Thrillers of Oz
4) Courageous Cat
5) Spoil Sport
In addition to the above seller will include a 60 minute broadcast video tape of Pure Hell which was recorded by Video Variations and broadcast on Channel ÂJÂ in the Cabaret Series, marked as show #13. One 45 RPM recording with full color jacket, in excellent condition, of the single released in London which contains ÂThese Boots Are Made For WalkingÂ (remake of the Nancy Sinatra hit) and ÂNo RulesÂ (an original Pure Hell composition) which was produced by Curtis Knight, released on our Golden Sphinx record label #GSX-002 and distributed by Spartan Records in England. Kathy designed the jacket. (See photos on Ebay)
Kathy also designed the original artwork for the unreleased album which is included with this package. The colors are much more vibrant and the painting is much more detailed than the photo can do it justice. This is an acrylic painting on art board 14" X 16 3/4".
The seller is also including a poster that was used for the bandÂs debut at MaxÂs Kansas City (one of a kind) and which contains two very rare black and white photographs of the band in full makeup and costumes. It is 17 3/4" X 22" with a red devil that matches the ones on the painting and the record sleeve (See photos on Ebay).
Also included in the package are six boxes of color slides of Pure Hell as follows:
Box #1 contains 19 Ektachrome transparencies - all outdoor shots of the band taken in New York City
Box #2 contains 35 Kodachrome slides shot at MaxÂs Kansas City - some performing and some back stage shots
Box #3 contains 33 Kodachrome slides also shot at MaxÂs Kansas City
Box #4 contains 32 Kodachrome slides shot at MaxÂs Kansas City
Box #5 contains 36 Kodachrome slides all stage performance shots, probably at CBGBÂs
Box #6 contains 23 Kodachrome slides of Pure Hell performing, 4 slides of Pure Hell with Curtis Knight, and 6 slides of Pure Hell with Sid Vicious (a couple also have Jerry Nolan)
Seller will also include in this package three tape cassettes of live recordings including one which was recorded live in England, one that has only music (no vocals), and one rehearsal tape.
Also included with the package is a news clipped article titled ÂHell In BritainÂ from the Melody Maker 11/4/78 page 4 that shows Pure Hell with Sid Vicious and Jerry Nolan. The article reads, ÂPure Hell, the black New York punk band who played with Sid Vicious in New York, come to Britain in Mid-November to play four dates to promote their debut single ÂThese Boots Are Made For WalkingÂ, the former Nancy Sinatra hit, released on November 10. The dates are at Birmingham Barbarellas (November 15), London Music Machine (16), Manchester Mayflower (17) and Liverpool Erics (18). The band currently in Holland, played with Vicious at MaxÂs Kansas City club in New York before he was charged with the murder of Nancy Spungen.Â
ÂThe line-up of Pure Hell, who are managed by Curtis Knight, is: Kenny Gordon, lead vocals, Preston Morris, lead guitar, Kerry Boles, bass and Michael Sanders, drums.Â
Michael Sanders, a.k.a. Spider passed away in April 2002 due to complications of pancreatic cancer. The news of his passing can be read in an interesting article which describes Spider as Âpunk's first (and truest) African-American rockerÂ at:
For further information there is also a pretty good article about Pure Hell in online newsletter Roctober (scroll down to where it says Pure Hell) at:
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