- Audio CD (8 Jan. 1999)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Mercury
- ASIN: B000001FNS
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Pretty well, really. It's more tongue in cheek than the first, with tracks like "Bad Detective" and (especially) "Stranded in the Jungle" verging on the Vaudevillean - perhaps Johansen was giving his not-entirely-serious Buster Poindexter persona an early airing without letting the rest of the band in on the secret?
There are some classic Dolls' rockers, with "Babylon" (NYC, of course), "Puss and Boots" and "Who Are The Mystery Girls?" more than standing comparison with the best on the first album. It has to be said that there are a couple of duffers too - "It's Too Late" is plain dull, while Johnny Thunders' (probably not his real name...) vocal on "Chatterbox" is embarrassingly weak in comparison to Johansen's arrogant, taunting snarl. (Thunders fans are cordially invited to try the Heartbreaker's "LAMF" as an antidote).
The album closes with a couple of stormers. "Don't Start Me Talking" is a stomping, old-style r'n'b number credited to Sonny Boy Williamson, which sets the scene for the album's (and for me, the Dolls') finest track, "Human Being". It's a crude, bellowing roar with a honking sax and a great vocal from Johansen, which epitomises the band's up-yours, in-your-face attitude: "Well if you don't like me, go ahead, find yourself a saint, go ahead now, try to find a boy who's gonna be what I ain't, and what you need is a plastic doll with a brash coat of paint who's gonna sit through the madness and always act so quaint" - and it gets better from there on in. The track sums up the band perfectly, and closed the career of a group that did indeed sample far too much, far too soon (three of them died young, not something to be proud of), but one that has had an influence far out of proportion to anything they dared dream of.
Like being punched hard in the face with a big soft pillow, this album will make you want to stomp around your house with one hand on your hip whilke you wag an admonishing finger in the face of your head-shaking girlfriend as you show her that you can be a bigger, more gossipy bitch than any woman ever could. A feather boa made of chrome, tracks like 'Babylon' and 'Don't Start Me Talkin' will show her that camping it up with mojo is something only real rock and roll mensch do well - David Johanssen makes Handsome Dick Manitoba of The Dictators look a like a big girls' blouse on this record (incidentally, if you like the Dolls and don't own 'Go Girl Crazy' by The Dictators, buy it now).
'Stranded in the Jungle' is a hoot, 'Showdown' makes spectoresque pop look lame and the girly-fronted 'Chatterbox' is gum-chewing sullenness as poetry.'Puss'n'Boots' is of course the track that the Sex Pistols lifted for 'Liar', only changing the lyrics - good for them, they had impeccable taste! Thunders and Sylvain invented the whole cowboy-lick guitars that gave Steve Jones his signature sound and of course McClaren gave Steve Sylvain's old white Gibson guitar.Read more ›
Perhaps this album contains a little more of the cynical humour the band offered so effectively, but it's only a magnification of an existing element, not any great change.
So if you heard and liked the first album, then get this one. If you didn't hear the first, try that one first, or perhaps give this a shot if you like The Pistols, Richard Hell, Guns n Roses, Television, Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, The Dead Boys, The Ramones etc.
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Not a patch on the debut album... Too much comedy in a couple of tracks. Does have some gems but, overall not a great Dolls album.Published 2 months ago by Bert MacKenzie
Chances are if you're considering this purchase,you know what you are getting musically.Simply put the Dolls have never sounded better,1st class remastering. Read morePublished 19 months ago by dr spalding