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Walter Lure & The Waldos present 'Damn Your Soul' aheads of releasing their new album 'Wacka Lacka Boom Bop A Loom Bam Boo'. This is the first new album in 2 1/2 decades from legendary guitarist-vocalist Walter Lure, an original member of The Heartbreakers, who spearheaded the first wave of punk rock, and also long-time collaborator with The Ramones. The Heartbreakers were also the band that supported the Sex Pistols
on their 1976 Anarchy Tour just as the UK punk scene was building momentum.
The new album will be released on Cleopatra
Records on both CD and red vinyl with reverse-board jackets, as well as digitally.
"This is my first release of new songs in 25 years or so since the last Waldo's album. That might seem like a long time but it really only feels like a few years-life seems to contract over long periods for some reason," says Walter Lure.
Earlier, Walter Lure & The Waldos previewed the lead track 'Crazy Kids', which will be featured in the forthcoming full-length film 'Thunders: Room 37', dramatizing the final days of Lure's former bandmate Johnny Thunders. Their new full-length also features other new tunes, as well as killer new versions of Heartbreakers classics 'London Boys' and 'Take A Chance On Me'.
Today Walter Lure & The Waldos is Walter Lure (guitar and vocals), along with Takanori Ichiuji (bass and vocals), Tak Nakai a.k.a. Takto (guitar and vocals), and Joe Rizzo (drums and vocals).
In 1975, Walter Lure became an original member of The Heartbreakers as guitarist and vocalist, joining Johnny Thunders, Jerry Nolan (of the New York Dolls), and Richard Hell (of Television), who was later replaced by Billy Rath. Lure was playing with glam-punk band The Demons when he joined The Heartbreakers and earlier played with anarchic Bronx hard rock group Bloodbath in the late '60s and early '70s.
In 1977, The Heartbreakers released their only studio album 'L.A.M.F.' The band's 1977 song 'London Boys' is a swipe at the Sex Pistols, in response to the Pistols' song 'New York', which put down the New York Dolls.
After The Heartbreakers' "official" breakup in 1977, the band would often reform, continuing to play the occasional gig right up until Johnny Thunders' death in 1991.
The Heartbreakers final show was for the Johnny Thunders Memorial Concert. In 1994, three Heartbreakers - Walter Lure, Tony Coiro and Joey Pinter - were joined by Jeff West in releasing 'Rent Party', The Waldos' debut album.
Lure worked with The Ramones on their albums 'Subterranean Jungle' (1983), 'Too Tough To Die' (1984) and 'Animal Boy' (1986), released a single with The Blessed, and also started a number of bands, including The Hurricanes and The Heroes, before ultimately founding The Waldos. In 1997, Walter Lure also played a set of shows for the 40th anniversary of The Heartbreakers 'L.A.M.F.' album, joined by Blondie's Clem Burke, Sex Pistols' bassist Glen Matlock and Social Distortion's Mike Ness.
'Wacka Lacka Boom Bop A Loom Bam Boo' will be released on August 17, but it is already available for pre-order via Bandcamp on both CD and red vinyl with reverse-board jackets. On September
6, Walter Lure & The Waldos will hold their record release party at Bowery Electric in New York.
1 Crazy Kids
2 Damn Your Soul
3 Where Were You (On Our Wedding Day)
4 London Boys
5 Lazy Day
6 Take A Chance On Me
7 Wham Bam Boo
8 Bye Bye Baby
9 She Doesn't Love You
10 Little Black
11 Don't Mess With Cupid
12 You Talk Too Much
Performed by Walter Lure & The Waldos
Featuring Trisha Scotti
Andy Shernoff - Background vocals
Brian Hurd and Randy Pratt - Harmonica
Arno Hhecht,Danny Ray - Sax
Joey Pinter - Guitar Solo on 'Take a Chance on Me'
Produced by Andy Shernoff
Engineered by JZ Barrell at Randyland Studios, Manhasset, NY
Mixed by Joe Blaney at Overlook Mixdown
Mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering
Overdubbed at Andy's House of Hits by Andy Shernoff
Design and Layout by Fendi Nugroho.