Gotham Sleaze: New York Dolls


Were the New York Dolls instigators of the punk seventies, the founders of late seventies/eighties glam, or just plain sleazy New York City rock and roll? The answer of course is all of the above.

Their self-titled debut, with David Johansen (vocals), Johnny Thunders (guitar), Arthur Kane (bass), Sylvain Sylvain (guitar, piano) and Jerry Nolan (drums) is now regarded as one of the great rock and roll debuts of all time. That success was not instant; the perfect example of this was the poll in Creem magazine for new rock groups in 1973. New York Dolls finished both “best” and “worst” in the poll, story of their life. Their second album, Too Much Too Soon, is also held in high regard (along with the first album) as influences for future rock bands: Sex Pistols, Kiss, Ramones, the Smiths, and Guns N’ Roses.

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