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New York Dolls

There was a time when I was an ambitious, snot-nosed, obnoxious young dude just getting into the radio business. Not much has changed, but I digress.

Around that time, I became interested in finding out just what the heck was going on in the New York scene a decade before I was born. Inevitably, certain names came bubbling up, like Patti Smith and Lou Reed. As I dug deeper, I discovered bands like the Dictators and, yes, the New York Dolls.

The New York Dolls had a bit of a resurgence a few years back, complete with a reunion and some new tunes. I feel fortunate to have been able to see the Dolls at San Diego’s Street Scene back in 2006.

I remember the crowd as the Dolls were about to hit the stage... It was nearly twilight, and at that point in the Street Scene festivities most people seemed to be more interested in waiting in line at the beer garden than seeing the last two original members of the Dolls rock it. The fans who did show up to get a glimpse of David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain ranged in age and ethnicity. It seemed that there were equally as many 17-year-old kids in Ramones shirts as there were aged rock enthusiasts.

Nonetheless, the Dolls were punk before anyone ever coined the term punk. They were glam before glam.

DJ: Mookie

Station: 91X

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There was a time when I was an ambitious, snot-nosed, obnoxious young dude just getting into the radio business. Not much has changed, but I digress.

Around that time, I became interested in finding out just what the heck was going on in the New York scene a decade before I was born. Inevitably, certain names came bubbling up, like Patti Smith and Lou Reed. As I dug deeper, I discovered bands like the Dictators and, yes, the New York Dolls.

The New York Dolls had a bit of a resurgence a few years back, complete with a reunion and some new tunes. I feel fortunate to have been able to see the Dolls at San Diego’s Street Scene back in 2006.

I remember the crowd as the Dolls were about to hit the stage... It was nearly twilight, and at that point in the Street Scene festivities most people seemed to be more interested in waiting in line at the beer garden than seeing the last two original members of the Dolls rock it. The fans who did show up to get a glimpse of David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain ranged in age and ethnicity. It seemed that there were equally as many 17-year-old kids in Ramones shirts as there were aged rock enthusiasts.

Nonetheless, the Dolls were punk before anyone ever coined the term punk. They were glam before glam.

DJ: Mookie

Station: 91X

Shift: 10 a.m.–2 p.m. weekdays;

3 –8:00 p.m. Saturdays

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If you're a Dolls fan you must see this;

"New York Doll" (2005)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0436629/

May 14, 2009

The Dolls were also the missing link between major-label cousins, Aerosmith and bands like The Ramones and Blondie that bubbled up to eclipse their progenitors in album sales and concert revenue. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? We'll see about that.

May 14, 2009

I was a HUGE Dolls fan back in the 70's, the first major punk type band with crazy outfits. Loved em. Very similar to the Ramones in a way, because they both had large, devoted cult followings but never had mainstream success.

On Showtime they were playing a documentary about Dolls bassist Arthur "Killer" Kane called "New York Doll", and that was a great documentary. And if you're a Dolls fan it was gold.

Anyway-I love the Dolls!

Kane died from leukemia just 3 weeks after the New York Doll" documentary finished filming, very shocking, he was just 55 years old.

David Johansen was the lead singer and he had one of the BIGGEST hits of the 80s with "Hot Hot Hot".

Johansen also played the cab driver in the Bill Murray movie "Scrooged". He was using the stage name Buster Poindexter in the 80's though!

The Dolls and the Ramones, two of the most original and best bands to ever live.

Saw the Ramones back in 89 at Igauana'a (anyone remember that joint?) in TJ.

The Dolls broke up in the late 70's, and they last played in 2004 at a reunion (the subject of the documentary) and then Kane died.

You cannot call the NY Dolls the NY Dolls without Kane. It would be like doing a Beatles reunion without George or John.

I love the Dolls!

May 14, 2009

Didn't Buster also have a part in the underrated Richard Dreyfuss movie "Let it Ride"?

Surf...did you see the Dolls last time they played the Belly Up? It was an amazing show. I almost got into a fight with a guy in a wheelchair that didn't want me to help him up when he fell out of it trying to go up a ramp!

On a side note: I've always felt they blew the Ramones away. The novelty of the Ramones just wore off on me rather quickly.

May 14, 2009

Mookie also had this to say on the Dolls:

I guess the only knock there ever was on Buster Poindexter, eh, David Johansen is that he just may have emulated Mick Jagger a little too much. Nonetheless, the Dolls were punk before anyone ever coined the term punk. They were glam before glam.

The Dolls are a true Rock n’ Roll Story, losing band members along the way, most notably the original drummer Billy Murcia. The New York Dolls even had a bit of resurgence a few years back, complete with a reunion and some new tunes. I feel fortunate to have been able to see the Dolls at San Diego’s Street Scene back in 2006.

I’d say a must see movie for any rock n roll enthusiast or Dolls fan has to be the film New York Doll. The flick more or less documents the waning days of the Dolls, focusing on long time bass player and devout Mormon, Arthur “Killer” Kane. For something more uplifting and less tragic, just listen to how rocking the New York Dolls were. Pick up a CD or better yet, go get some old school vinyl. The New York Dolls are an American original, a treasure of Rock n Roll past

May 14, 2009

Surf...did you see the Dolls last time they played the Belly Up?

No, never saw the Dolls in person.

But saw the Ramones a few times, after all the Ramones did about 2,500 shows!

If you can catch the Showtime documentary "End of the Century", great stuff.

I would love to see "Buster Poindexter" (great stage name) in person belting out "Hot Hot Hot". That song is a classic!

May 15, 2009

God bless the Dictators and all they stand for.

July 15, 2009

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