Fans of the classic NYC based band The New York Dolls are going to have a bit of a personality crisis at the news with these two classic albums being reissues on special LP’s. Dig into the full press copy below as it lines out what you are needing to know.
The Press Release:
It’s been more than four decades since the New York Dolls first outraged mainstream critics and struck terror into the hearts of public guardians of taste and morality. In that time, the once-controversial quintet has been recognized as a seminal musical force and a key influence on the punk movement that came into being shortly after the Dolls’ breakup. Now, UMe celebrates the New York Dolls’ legacy with new limited-edition colored-vinyl editions of the band’s two classic ’70s LPs, New York Dolls and Too Much Too Soon, out on May 5, 2017.
The new vinyl releases, available in strictly limited editions of 500 each and exclusively available through uDiscover, are as flamboyant visually as the albums’ musical contents. The self-titled disc boasts a unique opaque pink and black color scheme, while Too Much Too Soon has an equally audacious combination of opaque pink and clear. Both albums, which also feature their complete original cover art, are also available from UMe in standard black vinyl editions and can be purchased here.
Author: Bob Gruen Title: “New York Dolls: Photographs” Publisher: Abrams Books Release Date: 9/1/2008 Genre: Rock History Rating: 4.5/5
Photographer Bob Gruen lines out in his forward to the book “New York Dolls: Photographs” that in his life he has always found that one event leads to another and after a happenstance meeting with a manager friend of John Lennon, he caught another of this persons bands The New York Dolls at the Mercer Arts Center. The rest is as you say – history and since that time, the early happenings of the band and the name Bob Gruen were almost one in the same. The New York Dolls as a band were formed around 1971 and while only active with the members presented in this book for a couple of years, their impact and influence is still felt to this very day. They are cited as being founders of the Glam Rock movement by instilling fashion with high energy Rock and Roll shows and being instrumental in New York City’s becoming the music hot spot that it would become at this time. There are some who line out The Dolls being founders of Punk in some sense as well, and while most will agree that The Ramones hold this honor, it is true that The New York Dolls had some hand in this as well. If you are someone who needed an introduction to the members that we are focusing on, then let me line them out with David Johansen (vocals), Arthur “Killer” Kane (bass), Sylvain Sylvain and Johnny Thunders (guitarists) and Jerry Nolan (drums). Continue reading “New York Dolls: Photographs” by Bob Gruen→
Artist: The New York Dolls Title: “One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This” Label: Roadrunner Records Release Date: 7/25/2006 Genre: Glam Rock
The New York Dolls were probably the most driving and influential force in what would become known as the Glam Rock movement because at the time of their inception there was no such thing. Without the music of the Dolls the world would have never seen the likes of KISS, Hanoi Rocks and even Poison. Their mix of Glitz and Sleeze along with Rock & Roll showed that all three could be mixed and work together very well. The songs back then focused on things like the N.Y. streets, drugs and women and thus were a genre started. Others would watch closely, use these influences and adapt them into their own styles – others who would also change the way Rock music was accepted as being able to be done. Originally formed by David Johansen, Johnny Thunders, Arthur Kane, Sylvain Sylvain and Billy Murcia, 2006 would find the band reunited with only Johansen and Sylvain left from the early days. Today the group is made up of those two originals along with Sami Yaffa (bass), Steve Conte (guitar), and Brian Delaney (drums). The question arises in the relevance of such a Reunion with so few originals remaining to make it work and the answer is that this does work on many different levels. The Rock of today needed a band like the Dolls to kick them in the tail pipe once again because it has gotten too lame and too boring. Those that fear the Metal side and want safer ground surely could use the Dolls as music that delivers what it promises to. Solid Rock and Roll with a healthy dose of attitude instead of powdery puffed hit makers directed at the youth by the likes of MTV. Continue reading “One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This” by The New York Dolls→
Artist: New York Dolls Label: Roadrunner Records Venue: South Street Seaport Date: 8/18/2006 Genre: Glam Rock
On Friday August 18th, I went down to the South Street Seaport Pier 17 in NYC to catch a free outdoor concert by the New York Dolls. It was a beautiful night in the shadow of the Peking (a 1911 four mast merchant sailing ship) that added a bit of ambiance to the show. Feeling the vibe, singer David Johansen wore a pirate’s hat for the first few numbers and thanked all the Pirates for coming to the show. The New York Dolls put on a rocking show that was energetic, raw and woefully under serviced by the seaports low powered, dinky PA. Despite this, The Dolls visibly seemed to be enjoying performing to an enthusiastic crowd that sang along to their classic songs and seemed to be having an equally good time as beer flowed, cool breezes wafted with the faint smell of sea air and seafood. Continue reading The New York Dolls @ South Street Seaport (8/18/2006)→
Artist: New York Dolls Title: “All Dolled Up” Label: Music Video Distributors Release: December 6, 2005 Genre: Glam Rock Rating: 8/10
As you may or may not know, this DVD was put together by rock photographer Bob Gruen and his wife Nadya, who purchased a video camera and over a three year period recorded over 40 hours of footage, including live performances, backstage and interviews with the band. This allows you an intimate look at such a fascinating band. Videography was so rare at the time, this whole piece is a gem taking a look at the early career of the Dolls. A large portion of the DVD focuses on David Johansen (vocals), Arthur Kane (bass), Jerry Nolan (drums), Sylvain Sylvain (guitar) and Johnny Thunders (guitar) doing what they do best, performing, intermixed with some interview cuts and bonus features. Continue reading “All Dolled Up” by The New York Dolls→