Today we have the pleasure of presenting you the latest output from punk legend Walter Lure, co-founder and co-frontman of The Heartbreakers (along with Johnny Thunders). Now appearing as Walter Lure & The Waldos, their new album is ‘Wacka Lacka Boom Bop A Loom Bam Boo’. This is the first new album in 2 1/2 decades from Walter Lure.
The whole album is loaded with buzzing sonic ear-raisers – ranging from new renditions of punk classics penned by Walter Lure and new output in the same vein to rock n’ roll hummers that would sit comfortably in any decade since the invention of the genre.
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.
“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’ is already available from all the regular online music shopping venues but also through Bandcamp. It’s also available on both CD and red vinyl via Cleopatra Records on with reverse-board jackets. Coming up on September 6, Walter Lure & The Waldos will hold their record release party at Bowery Electric in New York.
01 Crazy Kids
02 Damn Your Soul
03 Where Were You (On Our Wedding Day)
04 London Boys
05 Lazy Day
06 Take A Chance On Me
07 Wham Bam Boo
08 Bye Bye Baby
09 She Doesn’t Love You
10 Little Black Book
11 Don’t Mess With Cupid
12 You Talk Too Much