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From "Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk"
by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain


Bob Gruen: The first time I saw Richard Hell, he walked into CBGB's wearing a white T-shirt with a bull's-eye painted on it, and the words Please Kill Me written on it.
That was one of the most shocking things I had ever seen. People had a lot of wild ideas back then, but for somebody to walk the streets of New York with a target on his chest, with an invitation to be killed - that's quite a statement.

Richard Hell: I don't ever remember wearing the Please Kill Me T-shirt, though I do remember forcing Richard Lloyd to wear it. I was too much of a coward.

Richard Lloyd: Richard Hell had designed a T-shirt for himself that said Please Kill Me, but he wouldn't wear it. I was like, "I'll wear it." So I wore it when we played upstairs at Max's Kansas City, and afterwards these kids came up to me. These fans gave me this really psychotic look - they looked as deep into my eyes as they possibly could - and said, "Are you serious?"
Then they said, "If that's what you want, we'll be glad to oblige because we're such big fans!" They were just looking at me, with that wild-eyed look, and I thought, I'm not wearing this shirt again.

Terry Ork: I approached Hilly and I said, "Listen, I wanna come back here with Television and I wanna book the club." I said, "Hilly, look what you got, look at the crowds we had here!" I gave him a big pitch because I wanted control. I said, "You gotta go new music every night." The music didn't have a name yet.
Hilly said, "Okay, okay."
So we did.
And that's when it really began to break, and we started getting other great bands, like the Ramones.

-- Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain


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