New York Dolls
(A History of the New York Dolls)
The NEW YORK DOLLS were seminal rock’n’roll pioneers who for most rock fans need no introduction. Born in 1972 appearing as a camp homage to the Stones and MC5, their trash-glam, r&b/punk style became a template for generations to come. The influence spread to both the punk movement and the rock glam-metal faction – e.g. they’ve been covered by Guns & Roses; the Sex Pistols wrote a song about them.
A direct lineage to big hair rock came when their management also took on Aerosmith, and instructed them to ape the Dolls. A direct connection to the punk movement germinated when Malcolm McLaren took them on in 1975, in what became a rehearsal for the Sex Pistols. After two albums, ‘New York Dolls’ and the prophetic ‘Too Much Too Soon’ they split exhausted by excess.
Although few recordings exist, this double compilation attempts to present a history, with New York Dolls recordings from 1972, 1973 & 1974. Uniquely included are pre-Dolls recordings of ‘Actress’ from 1971 with early versions of what became Dolls and Thunders songs. And post-Dolls solo recordings from each of four band-members - Sylvain Sylvain, Jerry Nolan, Arthur Kane and Johnny Thunders - with interesting, rare and relevant Dolls-related songs, complete the picture of: “THE DOLLS, BEFORE THE DOLLS, BEYOND THE DOLLS”.
Nina Antonia, author of NY Doll’s biography ‘Too Much Too Soon’ contributes comprehensive sleeve-notes to the package in a 12-page booklet.
UPDATE:- In 2004, almost 30 years since they split, Morrissey invited the three surviving Dolls David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain and Arthur Kane for reunion gigs in London. Just 25 days later, Arthur Kane died at age 55 of complications from undiagnosed leukaemia. In 1972, before any albums had been recorded, original drummer Billy Murcia died in London partying after a gig. In 1991 guitarist Johnny Thunders, who was legendary for his drug abuse, died in New Orleans in suspicious circumstances, followed by drummer Jerry Nolan’s death from meningitis in 1992. The remaining two fulfilled the handful of remaining gigs, and then released the first new NYD studio album in 30 years.
NEW YORK DOLLS 1973: Personality Crisis, Bad Girl, Pills, NEW YORK DOLLS 1972: Looking For A Kiss, Don’t Start Me Talking, Don’t Mess With Cupid, Human Being; BEYOND THE DOLLS: SYLVAIN SYLVAIN: Trash, The Kids Are Back; JERRY NOLAN: Countdown Love, Take A Chance; CORPSE GRINDERS: Mental Moron; JOHNNY THUNDERS: Endless Party, Pirate Love; BEFORE THE DOLLS 1971: ACTRESS: That’s Poison, I Am Confronted.
NEW YORK DOLLS LIVE 74:
Personality Crisis, Bad Girl, Looking For A Kiss, Give Me A Great Big Kiss, Stranded In The Jungle, Pills, Vietnamese Baby, Trash, Chatterbox, Puss’n’Boots, Hoochie Coochie Man, Jet Boy.
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