The world of music lost another pioneering rocker this past weekend. Walter Lure, a founding father of fast punk rock riffs, died at 71 from liver and lung cancer.
Lure was the former guitarist for Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, frontman of his own band Walter Lure & The Waldos, and guitarist for several Ramones albums. He helped the fetus of punk rock grow within the streets of NYC during its inception in the ’70s and ’80s. His passing signals the end to any surviving original members of The Heartbreakers, which is aptly heartbreaking.
Lure’s signature zero-fucks-given vocals accompanied by his distorted, quick, and crisp guitar riffs helped create what went on to become the sound of the punk anthem. Flourishing around other founding tiers of NYC punk, like Blondie, The Ramones, Patti Smith, and many others, his contribution to the world of punk will never be forgotten.
Below is a playlist we truly believe Walter Lure would’ve loved, both in taste and nostalgia. Listen below to music written by Lure, performed by Lure, or simply old-school punk from Lure’s time that helped him on his punk rock path.
Walter Lure & The Waldos ,”Damn Your Soul”
Knox, Walter Lure, W.S. Holland, “Seven Nation Army” (originally by Jack White)
The Heartbreakers, “It’s Not Enough”
Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, “Too Much Junkie Business” live
Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, “Born to Lose”
The Ramones, “Street Fighting Man”
New York Dolls, “Trash” live
Richard Hell & The Voidoids, “Blank Generation” live
Richard Hell & The Voidoids, “Another World”
Lydia Lunch, “Run Through The Jungle” live (originally by Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Dead Boys, “Sonic Reducer” live
Dead Boys ,”Ain’t It Fun”