STILL LOOKIN’ FOR A KISS
Album review of:
‘NEW YORK DOLLS’
& ‘TOO MUCH TOO SOON’
by THE NEW YORK DOLLS
(1988 CD of two original albums Mercury 33PD-422/
first issued as a Mercury PRID12 Double – May 1986)
And the first album – ‘New York Dolls’ (July 1973) is metal-punk all the way, bratty riffs, slurred and messy, as snotty as a runny nose, yet melding into something that not-so-much smells as reeks of teen spirit. So much so that in its tarty wake volume two just has to be something of a post-coital anti-climax. Hence ‘Too Much, Too Soon’ (May 1974) stacks up four odd non-originals, the vamped-up novelty near-hit “Stranded In The Jungle” – which makes it for at least three or four plays. And the Gamble and Huff ‘n’ puff “There’s Gonna Be A Showdown”, which doesn’t. “Mystery Girls”, “Babylon”, and “Puss ‘n’ Boots” compensate some, they French-kiss and tell with the best. And both albums siamesed together in this bargain-basement twin-set form a megaton-happy prestige fun-pack.
But ‘Let me ask you just one question, do you think you could make it with Frankenstein’? These guys did.
For Arthur ‘Killer’ Kane – 1951-2004
(April 2009) ‘CAUSE I SEZ SO’ (Atco) Five years after the 2004 reformation, and three since their glossy-sounding Jack Douglas-produced comeback album ‘One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This’ (Roadrunner), reinstalled with their 1973 producer Todd Rundgren, David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain cover familiar ground, sixties girl groups and unvarnished Faces riffs, with a raw swaggering sound and a lyrical vulnerability that comes from acting their age. A downbeat “Making Rain”, ‘the beefy title track and a mournful, reggae version of 1973’s ‘Trash’ are just two of many highlights’ says Campbell Stevenson (‘Observer Music Monthly), ‘this most unlikely reunion is in danger of being a big success’.
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