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5.0 out of 5 stars "All the Smart Boy's Know Why" (Thunderstruck), 17 Aug 2007
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I had already heard LAMF by the Heartbreakers, but chanced on this album after one of the tracks (You cant put your arms around a memory) was used on the end credits of a Soprano's episode. This album is one of the loosest, coolest, sounding rock n' roll records I've ever had the sheer joy to listen to. Thunders often gets tagged with the 'Punk' tag, but his playing/singing shakes off any era or style label's, this guy was an original, and this album has everything, ballad's, rockers, blues, pop. And any album that has guest players like Phil Lynott, Steve Marriot, and Paul Cook and Steve Jones of the Pistols, is worth any card-carrying music fans hard earned cash.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dead or Alive, 21 Feb 2010
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Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles "FIST" (London) - See all my reviews
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Jannees nous and sensibility finally dug up these old timers, musical skeletons that lay rotting as the 70's plank spankers took centre stage and fretted music into garbage. Here he gave them all a big kiss and rekindled these deadbeat nuggets, as later duet-ting with Patti Palladin brought the other songs alive.

The guitar sings in its Brooklyn nasal twang; Pipeline, Wizard, Daddy Rolling Stone and Great Big Kiss could have been banged out in a Dolls repertoire. Looking on the sleeves the list of collaborators is extensive, perhaps with something in common other than feather cut hairdo's ; Pistols, Hot Rods, Thin Lizzy, Pretenders, Dolls/Heartbreakers, Only Ones, Snatch and Small Faces.

The songs career pathos, Can't put your arms around a memory, a song about adolescent bereavement, to the adolescent split with the gang ;"So alone" a paean to solitude. Then he perks up and knocks out some strippers "Dead or Alive" and "Downtown" both sleaze upon the rocks and squeeze out every drop of fluid. Whilst "Subway Train" and "London Boys" are Dolls/Heartbreakers totter on their stacks. The last being a stinging riposte to the Pistols previous attacks, delivered in "New York", ironic as three of the Pistols worked with him here, Sid, Paul and Steve.

Johnny has a little Brown Sugar thrown into this mix, as a sweetener not the mainliner course. More than a wannbe Rolling Stone clone, he was a living Doll. Too far ahead in guitar trash chimes, forever caught bending his strings in a no man's land. Hanoi Rocks, Queensryche and Pam's husband took his boat and sailed it away.

White mojo music is the substance along with the Cramps, Gun Club, Ramones, Johnny's duet with Patti Palladin, Lydia Lunch and Nick Cave/BP. Fitting next to Muddy Waters, Johnny Lee Hooker the line travelling back to Robert Johnson.

This was the sound the 60's recoined in the 70's. A time without the violent disturbing intrusion of the Vietnam war, Austin Powers love shacks where lust, pathos and opioid dreams collided together creating an endless bacchanal.

Too bad it descended into Charles Manson, prog rock, Nixon and military defeat....ouch then the real 70's of near economic Kollaps in the West created an art revolution, if nothing else apart from elder bitters.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incomparable . . ., 3 Aug 2007
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Robin N. Bishop (London) - See all my reviews
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From a performer often castigated as an underachiever, this record is a hell of an achievement! From start to finish, Thunders' superb pop sensibility and 'just right' guitar work is in evidence.

London Boys manages that rare feat: an 'answer' song beating the original (Sex Pistol's 'New York'), Subway Train is just as good to hear yet again in this version, Pipeline makes a good entry piece and just about every other piece makes a damn' solid contribution to a CD I'd not be without.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wild one, 5 Feb 2008
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D. J. H. Thorn "davethorn13" (Hull, UK) - See all my reviews
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The wreckage that peers out of the front cover of 'So Alone' suggests a man on the edge, both mischievous and vulnerable. The music contained therein seems to confirm it. An incendiary cover of The Chantays' instrumental, 'Pipeline,' mixes with the grind of 'Daddy Rollin' Stone,' the Pistol-punk of 'London Boys,' the nonsense of the girl-group item, 'Great Big Kiss' and the fragility of 'You Can't Put Your Arms Round A Memory.' Thunders wanders from one style to another, sometimes shambolic, often with a Jaggeresque vocal. By turns energetic and melodic, Thunders's music is always a little wayward but never dull. It isn't perfect; his duet with Peter Perrett, for instance, is messy. But it should appeal to anyone with a penchant for the basics of rock and roll.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Thunders, 6 Mar 2013
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Bought this to play in the car.
Fantastic album to drive to, but the wife cant say the same.
Fantastic takes me back to the good old days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definately a must have album!, 29 Dec 2012
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If your album collection is missing this, then it is missing one of the greatest albums ever made! With special guests on the album including: Paul Cook and Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy), Peter Perret and Mike Kellie (The Only Ones), Paul Gray and Steve Nicol (Eddie & The Hot Rods) and Steve Marriott (Small Faces), you really can't go wrong!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Thunders, 23 May 2014
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Backed by the best of the class of '76, including Pistols and unfashionable , but brilliant Hot Rods + Phil Lynott on a couple fo tracks and even Steve Marriott
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