If the Rolling Stones built rock ‘n’ roll Babylon, then the New York Dolls turned it into a rock ‘n’ roll Sodom and Gomorrah. Formed in the early 70s in the post-Warhol-Factory milieu, they were the most happening and most decadent act on NYC’s trash glam circuit.
As far as the rest of the US were concerned, though, these early punks in hooker drag went a tad too far. Before they had a chance to make it in glam-friendly UK, their hedonism took its toll and led to their untimely demise in 1974. Their classic two studio albums, however, were fundemantal for bands as diverse as the Sex Pistols, Motley Crue and The Smiths. And Johnny Thunders? God bless him. He inspired generations of poseurs to throw their lives away.
In 2004, Morrissey managed to talk them into a triumphant reunion show at London’s Royal Albert Hall, and two years later they returned with the aptly titled One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This.
Now the remaining Two York Dolls (Johnny Thunders, Jerry Nolan, and Arthur Kane all died in this order) have announced a show at London’s 100 Club for the 14th May. In 1976, the 100 Club hosted the first ever punk festival, where bands such as The Clash, Sex Pistols, and Siouxie and the Banshees performed – and where the multi-untalented Sid Vicious famously put a girl’s eye out by throwing a glass. It will be the first time the Dolls perform at the legendary venue.
Their new album Cause I Sez So is out on 4 May. Do not expect too much.