With His 'Night Out' Series, Richard Hell Brings Weirdness to the Upper West Side

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Photo by Inez and Vinoodh, courtesy of Symphony Space
Richard Hell
Richard Hell finds it "comforting" to deal with the artists he's engaged in his role as curator of the five-event Night Out series. Why? Because, he says, they're "all weird." The revered punker-author-journalist laughs. "I know I'm weird, and I thought it was weird to be weird, but it's not that weird to be weird." And he's both thrilled and surprised at how the creators he's tapped -- including singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless, filmmaker Kelly Reichardt, and singer/guitarist Donald Cumming (ex-The Virgins) -- have proved exceedingly accommodating. "That makes me feel a little weird, because I'm very demanding," he admits. "If I'm working for somebody else, if I'm doing a gig, I want to know everything that's happening and control it. But these guys have more or less let me do what I will."

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"Go Go Power Rangers!" and Its Badass Guitar Riff Turn 20 Years Old

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The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Believe it or not, it's now been 20 years since Mighty Morphin Power Rangers premiered, changing the way '90s kids saw the world by combining teen drama with dinosaur robots. It also introduced a generation to the power of electric guitars as the show's immortal "Go Go Power Rangers" theme has become a pop culture staple and irrefutably responsible for the baddest-assest riff in the history of children's television. To commemorate this milestone, we spoke to the series' composer Ron A. Wasserman, who now scores many projects including Hot in Cleveland, about how the theme came together, scoring with rock music and the restrictions of the increasingly politically correct world of '90s children's television. It's Morphin Time!

See also: Top 10 Douchiest Guitarists of All Time

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It's Photo Day: Television at SummerStage, 06.15.07

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Left to right: Fred Smith, Tom Verlaine, Billy Ficca and, playing his first-ever show with Television, guitarist Jimmy Ripp; photos by John E. Coli Nikolai

Television
June 16, 2007
Central Park SummerStage


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