New York Dolls eponymous debut album from 1973 is the 215th best album ever according to ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine :
“Could you make it with Frankenstein?” they asked, not kidding. Glammed-out punkers the New York Dolls snatched riffs from Chuck Berry and Fats Domino and fattened them with loads of attitude and reverb. Produced by Todd Rundgren, songs like “Personality Crisis” and “Bad Girl” drip with sleaze and style. ”
– After getting a manager and attracting some music industry interest, the New York Dolls got a break when Rod Stewart invited them in early 1972 to open for him at a London concert.
– The line-up on the debut album comprised vocalist David Johansen, guitarist Johnny Thunders, bassist Arthur Kane, guitarist and pianist Sylvain Sylvain, and drummer Jerry Nolan, the latter two had replaced original members Rick Rivets and Billy Murcia. respectively, in 1972.
– In an interview in Creem magazine, Rundgren says he barely touched the recording. Everybody was debating how to do the mix.
– For their next album ‘Too Much Too Soon’ the quintet hired producer George “Shadow” Morton, whose productions for the Shangri-Las and other girl-groups in the mid-1960s had been among the band’s favorites. Mercury dropped the Dolls not long after the second album.
– In 1975, floundering in drug abuse and interpersonal conflicts, the band split up. During their last weeks together Malcolm McLaren (later manipulative manager of the Sex Pistols) helped with management.
And now let’s roll …
1 Personality Crisis 00:00
2 Looking For A Kiss 03:42
3 Vietnamese Baby 07:02
4 Lonely Planet Boy 10:42
5 Frankenstein (Orig.) 14:58
6 Trash 21:00
7 Bad Girl 24:10
8 Subway Train 27:18
9 Pills 31:42
10 Private World 34:38
11 Jet Boy 38:20