A New York City punk rock band, before "punk" got exported to London. Guitarists Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd, bassist Richard Hell (ousted and replaced by Fred Smith of Blondie), and drummer Billy Ficca. Creators of the lost 70s masterpiecelet "Little Johnny Jewel" 45, followed by the also-great Marquee Moon LP. A great live band, with twin lead guitarists and an ethos that reached back to 60s garage bands. Lloyd, Verlaine, and Hell all went on to make excellent solo LPs.