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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 Kids
Dead End Kids
of 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 , 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: 1972 – 75 * 1.4 Dissolution: 1975–77 * 1.5 Individual endeavors: 1975 – 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 Sylvain and 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 Thunders to 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 Johansen joined the band. Initially, the group was composed of singer David Johansen, guitarists Johnny Thunders and Rick Rivets (who was replaced by Sylvain Sylvain after 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: 1972 – 75

New York Dolls, 1973 Main articles: New York Dolls (album) and Too Much Too Soon (album)
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 "), Peter Criscuola (better known as Peter Criss ), and Jerry Nolan , a friend of the band. They selected Nolan, and after US Mercury Records
Mercury Records
' A everybody was debating how to do the mix. Sales were sluggish, especially in the 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-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.


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By 1975 the Dolls were playing smaller venues than they had been previously. Drug and alcohol abuse by Thunders, Nolan and Kane as well as artistic differences added to the tensions among members. In late February or early March Malcolm McLaren
Malcolm McLaren
became their informal manager. 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 and Pure Hell . The Little Hippodrome ( Manhattan
) show was recorded 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 Thau credited 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 filled in for Kane when he was too inebriated to play.

In March and April McClaren took the band on a tour of South Carolina and Florida
. Jordan replaced Kane for most of those shows. Thunders and Nolan left after an argument with Johansen. Blackie Lawless replaced Thunders for the remainder of the tour after which the band broke up

The band reformed in July for an August tour of Japan with Jeff Beck and Felix Pappalardi . Johansen, Sylvain and Jordan were joined by former Elephant\'s Memory keyboardist Chris Robison and drummer Tony Machine. One of the shows was documented on the album Tokyo Dolls Live (Fan Club/New Rose). 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.

After their return to New York, the Dolls resumed playing shows in the US and Canada. Their show at the Beacon Theater , on New Year's Eve, 1975 met with great critical acclaim. After a drunken argument with Sylvain, Robison was fired and replaced by pianist/keyboardist Bobbie Blaine . The group played its last show December 30, 1976 ,


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Shortly after returning from Florida
Thunders and Nolan formed The Heartbreakers with bassist Richard Hell , who had left Television the same week that they quit the Dolls. Thunders later pursued a solo career. He died in New Orleans
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 . In 1976 Kane and "Lawless" formed the Killer Kane Band in Los Angeles. Immediately after the New York Dolls' second breakup, Johansen began a solo career. By the late 1980s, he achieved moderate success under the pseudonym, Buster Poindexter. Sylvain formed The Criminals, a popular band at CBGB .

A posthumous New York Dolls
New York Dolls
album, Lipstick Killers , made up of early demo tapes of the original Dolls (with Billy Murcia on drums), was released in a cassette-only edition on ROIR Records
ROIR Records
in 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: the " 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 and Eddie Floyd for 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 Infante of Blondie and Derwood Andrews of Generation X were also included on the record. It has been re-released as New York A Go Go,.


The 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 Festival in 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 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 (ex- Hanoi Rocks
Hanoi Rocks
), drummer Brian Delaney and keyboardist Brian Koonin , formerly a member of David Johansen and 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 Cocker
Jarvis Cocker
and 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 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 Music festival 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 , 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 Slick confirmed 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 AllMusic editor 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 – bass (2005–2010) * Brian Koonin – keyboards (2005–2006) * Brian Delaney– drums (2005–2011) * Aaron Lee Tasjan
Aaron Lee Tasjan
- guitar (2009) * Frank Infante – guitar (2010–2011) * Jason Hill – bass (2010–2011) * Jason Sutter – drums (2011) * Kenny Aaronson – bass (2011) * Earl Slick – guitar (2011) * Claton Pitcher – guitar (2011)





Chart placings shown are from the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
US Albums chart

* New York Dolls
New York Dolls
(1973 #116) * Too Much Too Soon (1974 #167) * One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This (2006 #129) * Cause I Sez So (2009 #159) * 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
New York Dolls
(1977) * Night of the Living Dolls (1985) * The Best of the New York Dolls
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
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
New York Dolls


* "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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