A friend posted a live New York Dolls video from San Francisco today, and after watching it, it was off to the races for me. I'm not all that nuts about the current version of the New York Dolls. The big reason is that there's no Johnny Thunders. You could conceivably replace the rhythm section, but not the lead guitar player, especially if it's Johnny Thunders. His presence was integral. I don't care if the new lead guitarist plays just like him. You can't replace Johnny Thunders. I'm not having any of it.
New York Dolls - Trash, at Max's Kansas City, NYC
But, oh yeeah, that old version of the Dolls was good, weren't they? They really were like an American version of the Stones, with their choice in covers, their cocky attitudes, and the de rigueur caricature-like singer/lead guitarist dynamic. They had all the ingredients. They just messed up in the mix. A little too much of this and that. They could have been huge. Instead, we got Aerosmith. That's like Herman's Hermits, compared to the Dolls' Stones. (Okay, that might be a bit harsh. Let's say Yardbirds.)
What you got down below is the shake from a little online scavenging. There are a few demos, some live stuff, some surprisingly good quality TV clips. It's just about everything worth posting that I could find online, with the exception of video (there's a lot more videos at YouTube).
New York Dolls - Private World, at the Matrix, San Francisco
~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~Music:
New York Dolls - Looking For A Kiss (demo) mp3 at Art Decade
New York Dolls - Red Patent Leather (live) mp3 at Planet Mondo
New York Dolls - Frankenstein mp3 at Salad Days Music
New York Dolls - Personality Crisis mp3 at The Adios Lounge
New York Dolls - Jet Boy (demo) mp3 at The Music Slut
New York Dolls - Stranded in the Jungle mp3 at Blackout Musique
New York Dolls - Bad Girl mp3 at Cubick Musik
New York Dolls - Bad Girl (demo) mp3 at x818
New York Dolls - Pills mp3 at The Vague CD
New York Dolls - Trash mp3 at The Vague CD
New York Dolls - Great Big Kiss (demo) mp3 at Glam Punk
New York Dolls - Back in the U.S.A. (live) mp3 at x818
New York Dolls - Chatterbox mp3 at Lil Mike's
New York Dolls - Human Being mp3 (via 4Shared*)
New York Dolls - Vietnamese Baby mp3 (via 4Shared*)
New York Dolls - There's Gonna Be A Showdown mp3 (via 4Shared*)
New York Dolls - Pirate Love (live) mp3 (via 4Shared*)
New York Dolls - Bad Detective mp3 (via 4Shared*)
New York Dolls - Subway Train mp3 (via 4Shared*)
*At 4Shared, look for the blue "Download Now"button.
New York Dolls - Jet Boy (Old Grey Whistle Test) at YouTube
New York Dolls - Personality Crisis (The Beat Club) at YouTube
New York Dolls - Looking For a Kiss (Old Grey Whistle Test) at YouTube
New York Dolls official site
New York Dolls at Wikipedia
Rare NY Dolls photos at Diet Coke & Sympathy
Earlier posts about Johnny Thunders can be found here.