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After fleeing the wreckage of The New York Dolls, David Johansen cobbled together a crack team of mostly Italian New York rock 'n' rollers and, in 1978, released what Rolling Stone called “devastating rock & roll” and a “genuine masterpiece.” Johansen also dumped the Dolls’ junkie swagger and ironic androgyny to play it straight, often romantically. He sort of comes off like Bruce Springsteen, if The Boss been a Warhol hipster with a big, black-sounding voice. The album is still pure New York City (listen to the Manhattan anthem "Cool Metro"), and Johansen is as deceptively smart as he ever was in the Dolls. He shows he's a crushing bandleader on both his solo statement song (“Funky but Chic”) and a Dolls holdover (“Girls”). Heavy Stones riffs and a polyamorous girl converge on "Not That Much,” while grief over a dead lover lifts “Donna” to teardrop status (with help from Bobby Blain’s lilting piano). Motown allusions, clever rhyme schemes, and backward-gazing melancholy make “Frenchette” a mini-epic and a fitting closer.

Customer Reviews

Gritty punk

Had this 33 back in the early punk era. Saw him do this album at the Second Chance in Ann Arbor. Been hoping this would album would get onto iTunes. Give Donna, Lonely Tenement and Frenchette a listen - well crafted, well rocked, and good fun

Heart of a Doll

Along with Johnny Thunders' So Alone, this is the best post New York Dolls solo album.

David Johansen is an amazing singer

Sounds a lot like the Dolls second album. He's one of my favorite singers. If you like The New York Dolls or Johnny Thunders So Alone record, you'll like this.

Biography

Born: January 9, 1950 in Staten Island, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Best known for his tenure fronting the hugely influential New York Dolls, David Johansen was a true chameleon; throughout the course of a career which saw him transform from a lipstick-smeared proto-punk hero into an urbane blue-eyed soul man and finally into a tuxedo-clad lounge lizard, he remained a rock & roll original, an unpredictable iconoclast and a true cultural innovator. Born January 9, 1950, in Staten Island, NY, Johansen joined his first band, the Vagabond Missionaries, in his mid-teens....
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