Friday, July 19, 2013

Friday Nuggets - "Personality Crisis" The New York Dolls

The connection between 60's garage rock and 70's punk rock is a direct one.  But it isn't as if the lights went dim between 1968 and the introduction of the Ramones in 1976.
For example, after the Stooges and before the Ramones came the flamboyant New York Dolls whose 1973 eponymous debut was voted both the Year's Best and Year's Worst by the readers of influential Creem magazine. Glam, raw, hard rock and over the top in every way.

So our Nugget this week is a live TV performance from 1973 of "Personality Crisis":

The 1973 lineup of the New York Dolls was:

David Johansen – lead vocals, harmonica, gong
Arthur "Killer" Kane – bass guitar (deceased)
Jerry Nolan – drums (deceased)
Sylvain Sylvain – rhythm guitar, piano, vocals
Johnny Thunders – lead guitar, vocals (deceased)
The record was produced Todd Rundgren whom the band fought openly with throughout the recording (Johansen on Rundgren: "An expert on second rate rock 'n' roll." Rundgren: "Get the glitter out of your asses and play").

It doesn't get much more rock'n'roll than the New York Dolls.

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