Related Information for Neon Boys The Neon Boys were formed after Richard Hell and Tom Verlaine dropped out of school and wound up in New York in the early 1970s. Here they found drummer Billy Ficca and recorded a self titled single in 1973, which has been described as the 'first punk rock single' (preceeding the more popular choice of The Damned's 'New Rose' by three years).The Neon Boys never played live due to the absence of a second guitar player. When they found one, Richard Lloyd, the.. read more