Artist of the Day - New York Dolls
posted at 11/4/2010 8:09 AM EDT
My previous thread on the Pistols and Ramones brings me to this next subject. And that is the importance of the NY Dolls. I admit to being extremely partial to the band as they were the first NY band that entered my teenage mindset. Being 16 years old and going into the village and seeing them was an outer worldly experience for me at the time. They had taken on the roles of Jagger/Richards, put heavy eyeliner and lipstick to it (glam influence) and then added the insanity of the Stooges and bop of the girl groups of the early 60's to come up with something completely different. They were the beginning of what was to become the NY club scene.
I admit that they wrote and recorded some really bad stuff, but in between that they also found pure genius with tracks like Trash
and Jet Boy
. Even now, I can listen to Jet Boy
, close my eyes and envision Johnny Ramone listening to that song and saying to himself, oh yeah - that is what I need to do. Anyone can listen to Jet Boy
and say to themself, now here is American Punk. Steve Jones of the Pistols freely admits now that he basically ripped Johnny Thunders guitar playing off. Chrissie Hynde, Bob Geldorf, Morrissey, Mick Jones (Clash), members of the Damned, Blondie, Dead Boys and many other punk icons all claim allegience to the Dolls.
But their influence doesn't end there - one only needs to see and listen to many of the 80's bands; Motley Crue, Faster Pussycat, Hanoi Rocks, LA Guns and Guns and Roses and see where they came from. H*ll, just about all the 80's American bands had a Johnny Thunders clone on stage.
And yet there is more, 70's metal icons - KISS admit to the Dolls influence on them as well.
I remember back in the early 70's, readers of Creem Magazine voted them top new band of the year and yet in the same poll, they were voted worst band of the year. One thing is for sure, they were not going to be ignored accept by one group - the buyers. Poor record sales and also sorts of addictions would end this band long before their time. And then death would start taking the members one by one.
There legacy would be no hit records, no superstar status and yet they were a heavy influence on 3 different genres of RnR; Punk, Glam and 80's Metal. Not to mention they probably scared the sh*t out of more parents than the whole of the 60's bands. And there was nothing wrong with that for this teenage boy from the Bronx.