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The NEW YORK DOLLS were an American hard rock band formed in New York City in 1971. Along with the Velvet Underground and the Stooges , they were one of the first bands of the early punk rock scenes. Although their original line-up fell apart quickly, the band's first two albums—_ New York Dolls
New York Dolls
_ (1973) and _Too Much Too Soon _ (1974)—became among the most popular cult records in rock. The line-up at this time comprised vocalist David Johansen, guitarist Johnny Thunders, bassist Arthur Kane, guitarist and pianist Sylvain Sylvain , and drummer Jerry Nolan; the latter two had replaced Rick Rivets and Billy Murcia, respectively, in 1972. On stage, they donned an androgynous wardrobe, wearing high heels, eccentric hats, and satin. Nolan described the group in 1974 as "the Dead End Kidsof today".

According to the _ Encyclopedia of Popular Music_ (1995), the New York Dolls predated the punk and glam metal movements, and were "one of the most influential rock bands of the last 20 years". They influenced rock groups such as the Sex Pistols
Sex Pistols
, Kiss , the Ramones
, Guns N\' Roses , the Damned , and The Smiths
The Smiths
, whose frontman Morrissey
organized a reunion show for the New York Dolls' surviving members in 2004. After reuniting, they recorded and released three more albums—_ One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This_ (2006), _ Cause I Sez So_ (2009), and _Dancing Backward in High Heels _ (2011).

The New York Dolls
New York Dolls
have been inactive following a 2011 British tour with Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
; the band's guitarist on that tour, Earl Slick, confirmed they had disbanded in an interview that same year.


* 1 History

* 1.1 Formation * 1.2 Billy Murcia\'s death * 1.3 Record deal: 1971–75 * 1.4 Dissolution: 1975–77 * 1.5 Individual endeavors: 1977–2004 * 1.6 Reunion and return to recording: 2004–2011

* 2 Artistry

* 3 Band members

* 3.1 Timeline

* 4 Discography

* 4.1 Studio albums * 4.2 Demo albums * 4.3 Live albums * 4.4 Compilation albums * 4.5 Singles

* 5 References * 6 External links



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Sylvain Sylvainand Billy Murcia, who went to junior high school and high school together, started playing in a band called "the Pox" in 1967. After the frontman quit, Murcia and Sylvain started a clothing business called Truth and Soul and Sylvain took a job at A Different Drummer, a men's boutique that was across the street from the New York Doll Hospital, a doll repair shop. Sylvain claimed that the shop inspired the name for their future band. In 1970 they formed a band again and recruited Johnny Thundersto join on bass, though Sylvain ended up teaching him to play guitar. They called themselves the Dolls. When Sylvain left the band to spend a few months in London
, Thunders and Murcia went their separate ways.

Thunders was eventually recruited by Kane and Rick Rivets, who had been playing together in the Bronx . At Thunders' suggestion, Murcia replaced the original drummer. Thunders played lead guitar and sang for the band Actress. An October 1971 rehearsal tape recorded by Rivets was released as _Dawn of the Dolls._ When Thunders decided that he no longer wanted to be the front man, David Johansenjoined the band. Initially, the group was composed of singer David Johansen, guitarists Johnny Thundersand Rick Rivets(who was replaced by Sylvain Sylvainafter a few months), bass guitarist Arthur "Killer" Kane and drummer Billy Murcia.

The original lineup's first performance was on Christmas Eve 1971 at a homeless shelter, the Endicott Hotel. After getting a manager and attracting some music industry interest, the New York Dolls
New York Dolls
got a break when Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart
invited them to open for him at a London concert.


While on a brief tour of England in 1972, Murcia was invited to a party, where he passed out from an accidental overdose. He was put in a bathtub and force-fed coffee in an attempt to revive him. Instead, it resulted in asphyxiation. He was found dead on the morning of November 6, 1972, at the age of 21.

RECORD DEAL: 1971–75

New York Dolls, 1973 Main articles: New York Dolls (album)and Too Much Too Soon (album)

Once back in New York, the Dolls auditioned drummers, including Marc Bell (who was to go on to play with Richard Hell, and with the Ramones
under the stage name " Marky Ramone") and Jerry Nolan, a friend of the band. They selected Nolan, and after US Mercury Records ' A everybody was debating how to do the mix. Sales were sluggish, especially in middle US, and a _ Stereo Review_ magazine reviewer in 1973 compared the Dolls' guitar playing to the sound of lawnmowers . America's mass rock audience's reaction to the Dolls was mixed. In a _Creem_ magazine poll, they were elected both best and worst new group of 1973. The Dolls also toured Europe, and, while appearing on UK television, host Bob Harris of the BBC
's _ Old Grey Whistle Test_ derided the group as "mock rock ," comparing them unfavorably to the Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones

For their next album, _Too Much Too Soon _, the quintet hired producer George "Shadow" Morton , whose productions for the Shangri-Lasand other girl-groups in the mid-1960s had been among the band's favorites. Mercury dropped the Dolls not long after the second album.


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In 1975, floundering in drug abuse and interpersonal conflicts, the band split up. During their last weeks together Malcolm McLaren
Malcolm McLaren
helped with management. He got the band red leather outfits to wear on stage and a communist flag as backdrop. The Dolls did a 5-concert tour of New York's five boroughs, supported by Television , which included Tom Verlaine and Richard Hell. Their last show in New York State was at The Shoram, in Quogue, New York, with Spider on drums.

The original New York Dolls
New York Dolls
were captured in a live set, recorded at the Little Hippodrome and released by Fan Club records in 1982 as _Red Patent Leather _. It was originally a bootleg album that was later remixed by Sylvain, with former manager Marty Thaucredited as executive producer. Due to Kane being unable to play that night, roadie Peter Jordan played bass, though he was credited as having played "second bass". Jordan often deputized for Kane when he was too inebriated to play, and he was the Dolls' bass player after Thunders and Nolan left, until their final dissolution.

Thunders and Nolan left under acrimonious circumstances in 1975 while on tour in Florida. Blackie Lawlessreplaced Thunders for the remainder of the Florida tour; however, he and Kane soon departed to form Killer Kane in Los Angeles, leading Jordan to join the band in earnest. The period immediately following this was documented on the album _Tokyo Dolls Live_ (Fan Club/New Rose); taken from a show in Japan in August 1975 in which Johansen, Sylvain and Jordan were joined by former Elephant\'s Memory keyboardist Chris Robisonand drummer Tony Machine, this reconstituted configuration would largely endure for the next two years. The material is similar to that on _Red Patent Leather_, but notable for a radically re-arranged "Frankenstein" and a cover of Big Joe Turner
Big Joe Turner
's "Flip Flop Fly." The album is undated and has no production credit, but was issued circa 1986.

Soon after their return to New York, the Dolls played at the Beacon Theater , on New Year's Eve, 1975, which met with great critical acclaim. Shortly thereafter, they did a follow-up show at Max\'s Kansas City . Robison was then replaced by pianist/keyboardist Bobbie Blaine. The group played its final shows in 1977, after which Johansen began a solo career and Sylvain formed The Criminals, a popular band at CBGB.


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Immediately after the New York Dolls' breakup, Johansen began a solo career. By the late 1980s, he achieved moderate success under the pseudonym, Buster Poindexter. Thunders and Nolan formed The Heartbreakers with bassist Richard Hell, who had left Television the same week that Thunders and Nolan left the Dolls. Thunders died in New Orleans in 1991, allegedly of an overdose of both heroin and methadone . It also came to light that he suffered from t-cell leukemia . Nolan died in 1992 following a stroke , brought about by bacterial meningitis .

A posthumous New York Dolls
New York Dolls
album, _ Lipstick Killers_, made up of early demo tapes of the original Dolls (with Billy Murciaon drums), was released in a cassette-only edition on ROIR Recordsin 1981, and subsequently re-released on CD, and then on vinyl in early 2006. All the tracks from this title – sometimes referred to as _The Mercer Street Sessions_ (though actually recorded at Blue Rock Studio, New York) – are included on the CD _Private World_, along with other tracks recorded elsewhere, including a previously unreleased Dolls original, "Endless Party." Three more unreleased studio tracks, including another previously unreleased Dolls original, "Lone Star Queen," are included on the _Rock 'n' Roll_ album. The other two are covers – " Courageous Cat" theme from the original Courageous Cat Cartoon series, and a second attempt at "Don't Mess With Cupid," a song written by Steve Cropper
Steve Cropper
and Eddie Floydfor Otis Redding
Otis Redding
and first recorded independently for what was later to become the Mercer Street/Blue Rock Sessions.

Sylvain formed his own band, The Criminals, then cut a solo album for RCA , while also working with Johansen. He later became a taxicab driver in New York. In the early 1990s he moved to Los Angeles and recorded one album _Sleep Baby Doll,_ on Fishhead Records. His band for that record consisted of Brian Keats on drums, Dave Vanian
Dave Vanian
's Phantom Chords, Speediejohn Carlucci (who had played with the Fuzztones
), and Olivier Le Baron on lead guitar. Guest appearances by Frank Infanteof Blondie and Derwood Andrews of Generation X were also included on the record. It has been re-released as _New York A Go Go,_.


New York Dolls
New York Dolls
in 2006

, having been a longtime fan of the band and head of their 1970s UK fan club, organized a reunion of the three surviving members of the band's classic line-up (Johansen, Sylvain and Kane) for the Meltdown Festivalin London
in 2004. The reunion led to a live LP and DVD on Morrissey's _Attack_ label, and a film, _ New York Doll_. However, future plans for the Dolls were affected when the news came of Arthur Kane's death on July 13, 2004, from leukemia. They played several festivals in the UK during 2004.

In July 2005, the two surviving members announced a tour and a new album, titled _ One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This._ Released on July 25, 2006, the album featured guitarist Steve Conte, bassist Sami Yaffa
Sami Yaffa
(ex- Hanoi Rocks
Hanoi Rocks
), drummer Brian Delaney and keyboardist Brian Koonin, formerly a member of David Johansenand the Harry Smiths. On July 20, 2006, the New York Dolls
New York Dolls
appeared on _Late Night with Conan O\'Brien ,_ followed by a live performance in Philadelphia at the WXPN All About The Music Festival, and on July 22, 2006, a taped appearance on _ The Henry Rollins Show_. On August 18, 2006, the band performed in a free concert at New York's Seaport Music.

In October 2006, the band embarked on a UK tour, with Sylvain taking time while in Glasgow to speak to John Kilbride of STV. The discussion covered the band's history and the current state of their live show and songwriting, with Sylvain commenting that "even if you come to our show thinking 'how can it be like it was before,' we turn that around 'cos we've got such a great live rock 'n roll show". In November 2006, the Dolls began headlining "Little Steven\'s Underground Garage Presents the Rolling Rock and Roll Show," about 20 live gigs with numerous other bands. In April 2007, the band played in Australia and New Zealand, appearing at the V Festival with Pixies
, Pet Shop Boys
Pet Shop Boys
, Gnarls Barkley
Gnarls Barkley
, Beck
, Jarvis Cockerand Phoenix .

On September 22, 2007, New York Dolls
New York Dolls
were removed from the current artists section of Roadrunner Records' website, signifying the group's split with the label. The band played the O2 Wireless Festival
O2 Wireless Festival
in Hyde Park, London
on July 4, 2008, with Morrissey
and Beck
and the Lounge On The Farm Festival on July 12, 2008. On November 14, 2008, it was announced that the producer of their first album, Todd Rundgren, would be producing a new album, which will be followed by a world tour. The finishing touches on the album were made in Rundgren's studio on the island of Kauai. The album, _ Cause I Sez So_, was released on May 5, 2009 on Atco Records
Atco Records
. The New York Dolls, performing at the Burlington Sound of Musicfestival in 2010

The band played at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas on March 21, 2009, and a show at London's 100 Club on May 14, 2009 supported by Spizzenergi. On March 18, 2010, the band announced another two concert dates at the KOKO club in Camden, London
and the Academy in Dublin on April 20. In December 2010, it was announced the band would release their fifth album which had been recorded in Newcastle upon Tyne. The album, _ Dancing Backward in High Heels_, featuring new guitarist Frank Infante(formerly of Blondie) was released on March 15, 2011.

On March 1, 2011, it was announced the New York Dolls
New York Dolls
would be the opening act for a summer tour featuring Mötley Crüe
Mötley Crüe
and Poison . They announced a new lineup for the tour, featuring guitarist Earl Slick , who held previous stints with David Bowie
David Bowie
and John Lennon
John Lennon
, Bassist Kenny Aaronson
Kenny Aaronson
, who toured with Bob Dylan in 1988. Formerly of Dust
and since the early 1990s and on hiatis, The John Eddie Band ... drummer Jason Sutter, formerly of Foreigner .

In a 2016 interview with Getintothis, Earl Slickconfirmed the band was over. "Oh, yeah, it’s long gone. There was no point in doing it anymore and it was kinda spent. You know, David really does enjoy the Buster thing. He’s so good at it. I’ve seen him do it a couple of times this last year, and man! He’s got it down, you know."


Certainly neither _great_ nor _punk _ in any of its variations were words applied to the Dolls when they began performing late in 1971 — _awful_ and _ugly_ were more like it. Moreover, at the time, the Dolls were associated with glam-rock and David Bowie
David Bowie
in his most flamboyantly gay period, an understandable mistake. “ ” — Ken Tucker

According to AllMusiceditor Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Stephen Thomas Erlewine
, the New York Dolls developed an original style of hard rock that presaged both punk rock and heavy metal music , and drew on elements such as the "dirty rock died 1991) * Arthur Kane– bass guitar (1971–1975, 2004; died 2004) * Billy Murcia– drums (1971–1972; died 1972) * Rick Rivets– guitar (1971) * Jerry Nolan– drums (1972–1975; died 1992) * Peter Jordan – bass (1975–1976) * Blackie Lawless– guitar (1975) * Chris Robison– keyboards (1975) * Tony Machine – drums (1975–1976) * Bobby Blaine – keyboards (1976) * Steve Conte– guitar, vocals (2004–2010) * John Conte – bass (2004) * Gary Powell – drums (2004) * Sami Yaffa
Sami Yaffa
– bass (2005–2010) * Brian Koonin– keyboards (2005–2006) * Brian Delaney– drums (2005–2011) * Aaron Lee Tasjan- guitar (2009) * Frank Infante– guitar (2010–2011) * Jason Hill – bass (2010–2011) * Jason Sutter– drums (2011) * Kenny Aaronson
Kenny Aaronson
– bass (2011) * Earl Slick– guitar (2011)





* _ New York Dolls
New York Dolls
_ (1973) * _Too Much Too Soon _ (1974) * _ One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This_ (2006) * _ Cause I Sez So_ (2009) * _ Dancing Backward in High Heels_ (2011)


* _Actress – "Birth of the New York Dolls"_ (1972) * _Endless Party_ (1973) * _ Lipstick Killers– The Mercer Street Sessions 1972 _ (1981) * _Seven Day Weekend _ (1992) * _Private World - The Complete Early Studio Demos 1972–1973_ (2006)


* _ Red Patent Leather_ (1984) * _Paris Le Trash_ (1993) * _Live In Concert, Paris 1974_ (1998) * _From Paris with Love (L.U.V.)_ (2002) * _ Morrissey
Presents: The Return Of New York Dolls
New York Dolls
Live From Royal Festival Hall_ (2004) * _Live At the Filmore East_ (2008) * "Viva Le Trash '74" (2009)


* _ New York Dolls
New York Dolls
/ Too Much Too Soon_ (1977) * _Very Best of New York Dolls_ (1977) * _Night of the Living Dolls_ (1985) * _The Best of the New York Dolls_ (1985) * _ New York Dolls
New York Dolls
+ Too Much Too Soon_ (1987) * _Super Best Collection_ (1990) * _Rock\'n Roll _ (1994) * _Hootchie Kootchie Dolls_ (1998) * _The Glam Rock Hits_ (1999) * _The Glamorous Life Live_ (1999) * _Actress: Birth of The New York Dolls_ (2000) * _Endless Party_ (2000) * _New York Tapes 72/73_ (2000) * _Great Big Kiss_ (reissue of _Seven Day Weekend_ and _Red Patent Leather_, 2002) * _Looking For A Kiss_ (2003) * _Manhattan Mayhem_ (2003) * _20th century masters – the Millennium collection: the best of New York Dolls_ (2003)


* "Personality Crisis " / "Looking for a Kiss" (1973) * "Trash " / "Personality Crisis" (1973) * "Jet Boy " / "Vietnamese Baby" (1973) * " Stranded in the Jungle" / "Don\'t Start Me Talkin\' " (1974) * "(There's Gonna Be A) Showdown" / "Puss 'n' Boots" (1974) * "Jet Boy" // "Babylon" / "Who Are the Mystery Girls" (1977, UK) * "Bad Girl" / "Subway Train" (1978, Germany) * "Gimme Luv and Turn On the Light" (2006) * "Dolled UP" (2014)


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