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The New York Dolls

The Dolls set the stage for punk to turn rock 'n' roll on its head in the late '70s. Their wild, burly, cross-dressed image together with their rough-and-tumble sound created an unforgettable rock 'n' roll Style-with-a-capital-S. Always teetering and stumbling, the Dolls' music, like the band itself, was in constant danger of falling on its face. David Johansen's howling vocals perfectly matched the ragged, dueling guitars of Johnny Thunders and Sylvain Sylvain. They twisted the '60s girl-group aesthetic to their own seedy purposes, steamrolling the lost sound into over-the-top performances. Their sneering attitude and rule-breaking sound spawned legions of admirers and detractors, gave birth to the New York punk scene, added flash to glam and fuel to early heavy metal.

The New York Dolls Concert Films

  • Live at Soundstage

    The New York Dolls

    Year: 2002

    Runtime: 54 min

    The New York Dolls are one of the most influential bands still around. Creating punk rock before the genre had a name, the group officially broke up in 1977. But in 2004 Morrissey, who was a huge fan, asked the group to perform. They reunited to a rousing reception. The New York Dolls story lives on as the group released its third studio album, One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This in 2006.The Dolls invigorating Soundstage performance is a celebration of punks roots. From its rousing cover of Bo Diddleys Pills to new revved-up tunes such as the R&B-infused Take a Good Look at My Good Looks and the fueled Gimme Love & Turn on the Light, its a triumphant return to form. The bands classics, including Personality Crisis and Jet Boy are true gems.
     
     

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