New York Dolls

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New York City-based band formed in December 1971 and active until early 1975. Johnny Thunders (guitar) and Rick Rivets (guitar), Arthur Kane (bass), and Billy Murcia (drums) were joined by David Johansen (vocals) in the initial lineup, named Actress (3). In 1972, Sylvain Sylvain replaced Rivets and the band began to regularly play venues in Lower Manhattan, particularly at the Mercer Arts Center. The band had varying levels of success, but were never widely accepted in the US outside the New York City area, primarily due to their appearance. Thunders and Nolan left the band while on tour in Florida in early 1975, and the band soldiered on, often being billed as "The Dolls" for a few more months with fill-in musicians. The New York Dolls reunited from 2004 to 2011, with Johansen and Sylvain anchoring a fluid lineup of backing musicians.
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SR 9052 New York Dolls — New York Dolls New York Dolls New York Dolls (Album) Mercury, Mercury SR 9052 South Africa 1973 Sell This Version
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6338 498 In Too Much Too Soon — New York Dolls New York Dolls In Too Much Too Soon (Album) Mercury 6338 498 Australia 1974 Sell This Version
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A104, A-104 Lipstick Killers — New York Dolls New York Dolls Lipstick Killers (Album) ROIR A104, A-104 UK 1981 Sell This Version
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FC 007 Red Patent Leather — New York Dolls New York Dolls Red Patent Leather (Album) Fan Club FC 007 France 1984 Sell This Version
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RRCD163 Seven Day Weekend — New York Dolls New York Dolls Seven Day Weekend (Album) Receiver Records Limited RRCD163 UK 1992 Sell This Version
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51116-2 Paris' Burning — New York Dolls New York Dolls Paris' Burning (Album) Skydog 51116-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
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62257.2 New York Tapes 72-73 — New York Dolls New York Dolls New York Tapes 72-73 (Album, Comp) Skydog 62257.2 France 1993 Sell This Version
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RRCD 260, RRCD 260 Z I'm A Human Being (Live) — New York Dolls New York Dolls I'm A Human Being (Live) (Album) Receiver Records Limited, Receiver Records Limited RRCD 260, RRCD 260 Z UK 1998 Sell This Version
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GH-1100 Endless Party — New York Dolls New York Dolls Endless Party Get Hip Recordings GH-1100 US 2000 Sell This Version
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GET 60 Actress: Birth Of The New York Dolls — New York Dolls The New York Dolls* / Actress (3) The New York Dolls* / Actress (3) - Actress: Birth Of The New York Dolls (Album) Get Back GET 60 Italy 2000 Sell This Version
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06076-86008-2 Live From Royal Festival Hall, 2004 — New York Dolls New York Dolls Live From Royal Festival Hall, 2004 (Album) Attack Records (3) 06076-86008-2 Canada 2004 Sell This Version
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ICARUS 281 One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This — New York Dolls New York Dolls One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This (Album) Roadrunner Records ICARUS 281 Argentina 2006 Sell This Version
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none Live At CBGB's NYC (March 17, 2006) — New York Dolls New York Dolls Live At CBGB's NYC (March 17, 2006)(CDr, Promo) Roadrunner Records none US 2006 Sell This Version
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A 727831 Live At The Fillmore East — New York Dolls New York Dolls Live At The Fillmore East (Album) Sony BMG Music Entertainment Custom Marketing Group A 727831 US 2008 Sell This Version
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8122798677 'Cause I Sez So — New York Dolls New York Dolls 'Cause I Sez So (Album) ATCO Records 8122798677 Brazil 2009 Sell This Version
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BLASTCD 002 Dancing Backward In High Heels — New York Dolls New York Dolls Dancing Backward In High Heels (Album) 429 Records BLASTCD 002 UK 2011 Sell This Version
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FLOATD6141 Live From The Bowery — New York Dolls New York Dolls Live From The Bowery(CD, Album + DVD) Floating World, Retroworld FLOATD6141 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
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MVD5902LP All Dolled Up (The Interviews) — New York Dolls New York Dolls All Dolled Up (The Interviews) MVD Visual MVD5902LP 2014 Sell This Version
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EARS074LP Butterflyin' — New York Dolls New York Dolls Butterflyin' (Album) Easy Action EARS074LP UK 2015 Sell This Version
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6052 398 Trash — New York Dolls New York Dolls Trash (Single) Mercury 6052 398 New Zealand 1973 Sell This Version
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6052 402 Jet Boy — New York Dolls New York Dolls Jet Boy (Single) Mercury 6052 402 UK 1973 Sell This Version
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none Puss 'N' Boots — New York Dolls New York Dolls Puss 'N' Boots (Single) Mercury none South Africa 1974 Sell This Version
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73478 Stranded In The Jungle — New York Dolls New York Dolls Stranded In The Jungle (Single) Mercury 73478 US 1974 Sell This Version
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6837 207 Babylon / Human Being — New York Dolls New York Dolls Babylon / Human Being(7", Single, Promo) Mercury 6837 207 France 1974 Sell This Version
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6160 008 Jet Boy // Babylon / Who Are The Mystery Girls — New York Dolls New York Dolls Jet Boy // Babylon / Who Are The Mystery Girls(7", Single, RE) Mercury 6160 008 UK 1977 Sell This Version

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MJG196

MJG196

May 6, 2011
Blackie Lawless should NOT be listed as a member, let alone a vocalist (he played guitar). He was picked up for a handful of shows to help the band finish their final US tour leg in Florida. If nobody takes issue with that, I wanna remove him from the list of members.
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trashcanasian

trashcanasian

October 26, 2009
Without any doubt, the New York Dolls were the seminal group of the New Wave movement in New York. The first group, formed in late `71, consisted of Johnny Thunders (then known as Johnny Volume), Kane, drummer Billy Murcia and guitarist Rick Rivets. The original name of the group was to be Actress, but when JoHansen (David Johansen) joined in early `72, they became the New York Dolls, soon afterwards substituting Sylvain Sylvain for Rivets. On a visit to Britain in November '72, Murcia died, allegedly of a drug overdose, and his place was taken by Jerry Nolan.
The most alarming thing about the Dolls was their appearance- "stack-heeled platform boots and bird´s nest coiffures" amounting to a grossed-out dyke look, complete with lots of leather and make-up. This bizarre image reflected a reportedly wild lifestyle and startled many observers.
The Dolls eventually signed with Merury Records after practically every other label had checked them out, but been deterred by their appearance. With Mercury, the Dolls made two albums, the first, simply titled New York Dolls, being produced by Todd Rundgren, and released in `73, and Too Much Too Soon, produced by Shangri-Las` producer Shadow Morton, coming out in `74.
Critical reaction to the group was decidedly negative, with the result that Nolan and Thunders eventually left while touring in Florida. However, before that the group had acquired a new manager in Malcolm McLaren, later to be the man behind the Sex Pistols. He met the group in 1974 when they came into his King`s Road, London, shop Let It Rock. A friendship developed and McLaren began to manage the group in early `75 in New York. He had inherited many problems, not least two of the group having to be hospitalized for drug abuse. In addition, the image so carefully nurtured during the group´s early days was by then out of date, having been largely overtaken by the "undernourished" look adopted by such as Tom Verlaine and Patti Smith. The group thus took on a `Communist chic`, playing in front of a `hammer and sickle` flag, dressed in red patent leather. Unfortunately, this image didn`t appeal to the audiences very much, and when Thunders and Nolan left, McLaren returned to Britian, and soon afterwards discovered the Pistols.
Thunders and Nolan got together with Richard Hell (bass), who had nearly joined the Dolls during the McLaren era, and Walter Lure (guitar), who had previously been in agroup called Demon, to become the Heartbreakers. JoHansen and Sylvain recruited Chris Robinson (keyboards), Peter Jordan (bass) and Tony Machine (drums) for a Japanese tour, but after it the fragmented Dolls broke up in May `75.
Thunders and Nolan remained in the Heartbreakers; Sylvain formed a group called Criminals in New York in April `77, Kane, after starting a band called Killer Kane in Los Angeles, became a member of LOK, back in New York. By mid-`77 David JoHansen started working on his first solo album for Blue Sky Records (the company owned by Johnny and Edgar Winter and their manager Steve Paul).
The New York Dolls were the originators of a hard, rough, raunchy rock sound which has been copied by numerous groups subsequently. There is no reference point, except perhaps the Stones at their most outrageous. The group`s attitude to what they were trying to do has been a great source of inspiration to many of those who have successfully followed their lead.

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