The news is slowly circulating about the passing of the legendary Sylvain Sylvain, an original member of the influential New York Dolls at age 69. The musician lost his battle with cancer and we are saddened by the loss. He joins the other members of the band who’ve left before him and leaves singer David Johansen as the last surviving member.
Growing up when I did I’d have to say that The Dolls were way ahead of my own music appreciation and I learned to enjoy what they brought to the table many years after their debut. They were surely influential and were the spark in the careers of bands like KISS who cited how much they learned from watching the band during their heyday. Sylvain’s death follows the news about the passing of bassist Tim Bogert. We send sincere condolences to his family, band mates and worldwide gathering of fans. Thanks for the music Syl, may you Rest In Peace.
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.
We recently attended a performance by the legendary New York Dolls on a hot summer night at the South Street Seaport and that article can be enjoyed by clicking HERE. Now its time to share the full photo gallery that comes along with the narrative.
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.
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→