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5.0 out of 5 stars STONES OR STONED? BUT STILL THE BEST EVER!, 23 Mar 2011
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This review is from: Sticks and Stones - The Lost Album (Audio CD)
During 1990 when several new tunes were recorded that constitute the 'Sticks And Stones; The Lost Album' CD released posthumously in 2009 after Johnny Thunders death in 1991, there were various reports as to what state he was in. His substance abuse was well known and was primarily responsible for his many years of erratic behaviour and extremely inconsistent performances. However, as is evidenced by a number of the tunes recorded in 1990, and on this album, he was still writing and performing worthwhile and gritty tales of life up to the time he died, regardless of his state.

Underneath the abrasive and junkie outlaw persona, Johnny was actually a highly-talented songwriter - when he wanted to be - capable of touchingly sensitive ballads such as "Some Hearts", "Children Are People", "Untouchable", and "Hurt Me", as well as barnstorming sleaze-rock such as "Help The Homeless", "Disappointed In You", "Glory Glory", "Hurt Me", and "The 10 Commandments Of Love". Other great tracks on this album are a different take on "Pipeline", some superbly strident guitar and harmonica harmonising in "Hoochie Coochie Man", a version of "Like A Rolling Stone", that Bob Dylan would greatly admire, and his old group's the New York Dolls hit "Pills". There is also an incendiary version of "Personality Crisis",that appears to feature David Johansen.

My pick of a very good bunch is the poignant "You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory", the lyrics of which surely mirror his desperation and loneliness:-

"It doesn't pay to try all the smart boys know why
It doesn't mean I didn't try I'll just never know why
It isn't cause I'm all alone Oh, Baby, you're not home
Ans when I'm home Big deal, I'm still alone
It's so restless. I am, Beat my head against a pole
Try to knock some sense, down 'side my bones
And even though you don't show, Those guys are so old

You can't put you arms around a memory

.........Don't try, don't try".

The songs display a depth, subtlety and soul sometimes absent when he was just being Johnny Thunders to order at drug money gigs, especially when he attacks the brutal removal of the homeless from New York's Tomkins Square Park in "Help The Homeless". The songs display another softer side to this performers complex and at times unacceptable mind-set, with the ballad style dominating, perhaps allowing his real passions and true personality to at last win through.

Quite the best of all Johnny Thunders albums. What a pity that it had to be a showcase for his last offerings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderous, 26 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Sticks and Stones - The Lost Album (Audio CD)
Bit ashamed to say I only recently 'got into' Johnny Thunders and what a mistake that was.

It's rock 'n Roll more than punk and contains some really good, even catchy songs.

Lovely stuff!
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