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New York Dolls Audio Cassette
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Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

The New York Dolls created punk rock before there was a term for it. Building on the Rolling Stones' dirty rock & roll, Mick Jagger's androgyny, girl group pop, the Stooges' anarchic noise, and the glam rock of David Bowie and T. Rex, the New York Dolls created a new form of hard rock that presaged both punk rock and heavy metal. Their ... Read more in Amazon's New York Dolls Store

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  • Audio Cassette (25 July 1989)
  • Label: Universal Music & VI
  • ASIN: B00000ES4B
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,359,042 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Glam Slam! Thank you, mamms! 12 Sep 2000
Format:Audio CD
Picture the scene - ill in bed with an abcess that confined me to a temporary life under the duvet, I put on the stereo out of desparation, eager to find something that could kick me out of my state. Minutes later, I was out of bed, pouting to the mirror, playing air guitar so vigourously that I ripped my arm out of my socket (well, sprained it anyway), and screeching along with the first verse of Personality Crisis.
A miracle? Well, no. Simply put, the New York Dolls' debut album is the most arrogant, glamourous, rude, cheeky, snarling, potent and above all brilliant rock album ever made. This album has everything, in fact, that a perfect rock album should.
Part Rolling Stones, part Stooges, part charity shop chic, the Dolls took image and music and mashed it together so effortlessly that the whole act seemed natural. Magnificent put-downs (Looking For A Kiss, Trash), arrogance par-excellance - God, they even get their covers to sound like their own (Pills). Johansson's snarl is perfect, Thunders' riffs sound more like a finely trained aural assault unit, and Nolan's drumming thuds along giving the Dolls the best guitar-drums axis ever committed to record.
You want attitude? You got it. You want glamour? You got it. You so desparate to prove the validity of rock 'n' roll as rebellion that you want your favourite bands to cuss old women? Hell, that's there too. If rock ever became a subject at school, well, here's your Shakespeare, boys!
No weak tracks. No substitute. No excuse not to buy it. Why I say I'm in love, you best believe I'm in love L-U-V.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The '70s start here... 19 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
Unbelievably, for someone who was a punk in 1977, I have only just got around to checking out the New York Dolls. Yeah, I was aware of their influence on punk, the MacLaren connection, etc, but I'd just never bothered exploring beyond that.

Well, three decades late, I can see what the fuss was about. This is storming, raucous rock 'n' roll, setting a template not just for punk, but also for much of the '70s pop sound.

It's not difficult to see how much they influenced the Pistols, with Thunders' guitar licks liberally copied by Steve Jones. At the time they wouldn't have sounded (or looked) like anyone else. Today, they still sound sh*t hot, redy to influence a new generation of rockers.

Don't put it off any longer, buy this.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glam Punk! 27 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
The New York Dolls were one of the earliest proto-punk bands to come out of New York. They were there when it all began, and did it harder and more sleazy than anyone else.
From the early days you knew it was going to be a rough ride as all of the band dressed in semi-drag, and one by one they became heroin addicts. By the end of it all, it was very messy with the survivors only achieving a slightly less extreme lifestyle, which would lead to further great musical output and the deaths of two band members from their excesses.
The music though - that was what they excelled at! Maybe it's a little toned down on this first record thanks to the production of Todd Rundgren, but what he did manage to do was to make the music far more accessible. 'Personality Crisis' is one of those songs that you cannot get out of your head once it's in there, and other tracks like 'Frankenstein' and 'Subway Train' are just as good. It's rooted in pretty conventional 50's rock and roll but with a heavy, heavy dose of 70's guitars and lots of attitude and a very rough edge. It's like listening to Chuck Berry after a bottle of scotch and a pound of amphetamine, and looking at 5 persons of undefinable gender after an explosion in a charity shop, but it's hell of an experience to crank up the volume and let this hit you in the head!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential 8 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This debut album by the New York Dolls is a must for anybody with an interest in Glam Rock and or punk. They brief career influenced a whole shed load of subsequent groups such as the Pistols and the Clash.

Their appearance was stunning even for the decade that fashion forgot, how many times do you see 5 men dressed in not so good drag and make up? I remember them playing on "The Old Grey Whistle Test" Everyone at school was stunned the next day and this was a pity as the music was forgotten even though they were awesome.

Just listen to this album and you too will be hooked by the Dolls raucous proto punk of the highest order
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raucous, sleazy and hugely entertaining 5 Jun 2009
By A. Macfarlane VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
If you've never heard the New York Dolls you are in for a treat if you buy this CD. These guys were chaotic and enormously unsuccessful in their heyday but its testament to their song writing that the music they wrote in 1971 still sounds lively.

This lot tend to be talked about as if they were synonymous with Glam rock, but despite their hairspray, platforms and makeup (they were copying no one when they thought that was a good idea!) punk is a closer bedfellow. The songs are tinged with real throwaway pop sensibility (think the female vocal group of the 60s) and their lyric content is equally adolescent and throwaway, though clever and entertaining with it.

There is real pop ability in here too. Trash is hugely catchy, Jet boy a riot and Personality Crisis a bombastic, humorous masterpiece. I love singer David Johansen's argument with himself ("yeah yeah yeah! No No No!") at its start. And the shambolic attempt at a ballad that is Lonely Planet Boy is a treat.

No bad songs on this album and no one who copied them came even close. This is a great album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great cd,great price,fast delivery and well packed.
Published 1 month ago by postie
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Dolls
If you like the dolls you'll love this, if you don't you won't!
Published 1 month ago by KClewl
5.0 out of 5 stars ESSENTIAL
For those in 'the know' or even relatively interested in seriously infuential music...As the headline above states... 'nuff said!!! If not, trust me.
Published 2 months ago by N. W. Tindale
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes me back
I love the New York Dolls. I remember when I first got this album seeing these guys all dressed up. I was never really into New York punk but these guys are something different. Read more
Published 6 months ago by glanammanbear
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic glam/punk trash
I first heard about the New York Dolls through Morrissey's obssession with them. Well I was obssessed with Morrissey (and Robert Smith). Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bananafishbones
5.0 out of 5 stars Where punk started?
My first New York Dolls purchase although I have heard several tracks previously. Now I know where Morrissey is coming from!
Published 6 months ago by Andrew Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars An early punk classic
A brilliant LP, I love the melodies of this LP the guitar riffs are very distinctive, and I like cover of the record as it has a glam, gritty, punkish feel. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Was a gift and he loves it! Packaging and quality was great. 5* rating and any New York Dolls fan would agree!
Published 12 months ago by Abigail
5.0 out of 5 stars Still too much?
Like the title of their second album the New York Dolls really were 'too much too soon', hence many have attempted to classify them without any proper success - metal, glam, punk... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Possum Pie
5.0 out of 5 stars TRASH! Vintage Yankee punk trannies sing for you
Some years not so long ago I heard a young father singing TRASH to his little child in a buggy...a great classic rock-n'rolly blast and forerunner of punk yet glam was already... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ken Raus
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