Sunday, June 24, 2007

300. New York Dolls - New York Dolls (1973)

Track Highlights

1. Personality Crisis
2. Looking For A Kiss
3. Vietnamese Baby
4. Lonely Planet Boy
5. Frankenstein
6. Trash
7. Bad Girl
8. Subway Train
9. Pills
10. Private World
11. Jet Boy


I am very proud to have The New York Dolls inaugurating the 300's number, because they will be representative of the world that is to come. If a band could be called punk beyond any doubt, more than The Monks, VU, MC5 or The Stooges it is most definitely the New York Dolls. Their stuff is just so close to what would come later with the Ramones, the Pistols and so on that it is truly impressive.

The Dolls were the new project of Warhol, who was a little weedy fucker who liked to build up people just to make them crash down when he lost interest. Yet, in the process he created VU and the Dolls and for that he deserves some respect. Malcolm McLaren, another little fucker would eventually steal the concept of the Dolls and make the Sex Pistols. Let's just keep in mind that the Dolls are a vastly superior band. Big shout out to my main man Todd Rundgren for the brilliant production work here as well, respec.

Actually the Dolls sound like everything even sometimes a bit like the Pixies, in Trash for example. Some of the tracks have more of a Gothic bent, like Frankenstein. But all of them are brilliant and the lyrics are really good. Some people at the time they came out were calling them the Stones in drag, but their sound owes a lot more to Detroit proto-rock and Do-Wop than might be thought. Of course the Stones were influential in anyone making heavy music at the time, but the Dolls are certainly not a rip-off. Get it form Amazon UK or US.

Track Highlights

1. Frankenstein
2. Trash
3. Personality Crisis
4. Jet Boy

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

The album's hard rock sound is mixed with what were in retrospect influences of proto punk and girl group-pop. The New York Dolls had a reputation as wild troublemakers, and the slurred vocal style helped to reinforce this reputation. Lyrically intelligent, though, the album addresses controversial issues like the Vietnam War, mental health and other social issues of the time. New York Dolls is a pioneering recording in the history of punk rock, which would explode in popularity within a few years. It is also a pioneering recording in heavy metal because of the heavy riffs used in the album. In 2003, the album was ranked number 213 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It was also #90 in Joe S. Harrington's Top 100 Albums


1 comment:

Jeff Haywood said...

Great image...the trash aesthetic, but for me they were a poor Stones knock-off.

If only the music lived up to the look.