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New York Dolls

Band, 1971-1977 US, New York City
Rock and Alternative
A.k.a. Actress (3) The Junkies (5)

Formed : December, 1971 // New York, NY, United States Disbanded : 1975 Reformed : 2004 All of the members of the New York Dolls played in New York bands before the band formed in late 1971. Guitarists Johnny Thunders and Rick Rivets, bassist Arthur Kane, and drummer Billy Murcia were joined by vocalist David Johansen. Before changing their name to New York Dolls, the band was called Actress (3) which recorded full set demos in early 1971. Early in 1972, Rivets was replaced by Syl Sylvain and the group began playing regularly in Lower Manhattan, particularly at the Mercer Arts Center. Within a few months, they had earned a dedicated cult following, but record companies were afraid of signing the Dolls because of their cross-dressing and blatant vulgarity. Late in 1972, the Dolls embarked on their first tour of England. During the tour, drummer Murcia died after mixing drugs and alcohol. He was replaced by Jerry Nolan. After Nolan joined the band, the Dolls finally secured a record contract with Mercury Records. Todd Rundgren -- whose sophisticated pop seemed at odds with the band's crash-and-burn rock & roll -- produced the band's eponymous debut, which appeared in the summer of 1973. The record received overwhelmingly positive reviews, but it didn't stir the interest of the general public; the album peaked at number 116 on the U.S. charts. The band's follow-up, Too Much Too Soon, was produced by the legendary girl group producer George "Shadow" Morton. Although the sound of the record was relatively streamlined, the album was another commercial failure, only reaching number 167 upon its early summer 1974 release. Following the disappointing sales of the Dolls' two albums, Mercury Records dropped the band. No other record labels were interested in the group, so the Dolls decided to hire a new manager, the British Malcolm McLaren, who would soon become famous for managing the Sex Pistols. By the middle of 1975, Thunders and Nolan left the Dolls. The remaining members, Johansen and Sylvain, fired McLaren and assembled a new lineup of the band. For the next two years, the duo led a variety of different incarnations of the band, to no success. In 2004, former Smiths vocalist Morrissey invited the surviving members of the New York Dolls to perform at the 2004 Meltdown Festival, a music and cultural festival that was being curated that year by the singer. To the surprise of many, David Johansen, Syl Sylvain, and Arthur Kane agreed to the gig, with Steve Conte standing in for Thunders and Gary Powell from the Libertines sitting in on drums. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine, taken from Members : Rick Rivets (guitar), Billy Murcia (drums), Johnny Thunders (guitar, vocals), Arthur Kane (bass), David Johansen (vocals), Sylvain Sylvain (guitar, vocals), Jerry Nolan (drums), Peter Jordan (bass)

PortraitDavid Johansen
voc, h *1950 US
PortraitEarl Slick
g, voc *1952 US
PortraitSteve Conte
g, voc *1960 US
PortraitSylvain Sylvain
g, voc, p *1951 US
PortraitJerry Nolan
PortraitArthur Kane
b 1949-2004 US
PortraitBrian Koonin
g US
PortraitTony Machine
Peter Jordan
b, voc
PortraitSami Takamäki
b, voc
PortraitSteven Duren
PortraitSylvain Mizrahi
g, voc
PortraitJohn Anthony Genzale, Jr.
PortraitRick Rivets
g, voc US
Billy Murcia
dr CO
PortraitBrian Delaney
dr, perc

Band Membership

Title Artist Year Type
Personality Crisis (Live Recordings & Studio Demos 1972-1975)New York Dolls2018Album
Personality CrisisNew York Dolls2016Single
Butterflyin'New York Dolls2015Album
All Dolled UpNew York Dolls2014Album
French Kiss '74 + Actress-Birth Of The New York DollsNew York Dolls2013Compil.
Personality Crisis - A Pink Patent Plastic Portrait Of The DollsNew York Dolls2012Compil.
Live From The BoweryNew York Dolls2012Album
Live From The BoweryNew York Dolls2012Album
Dancing Backward In High HeelsNew York Dolls2011Album
Fool For You Baby (Dom Dom Dippy)New York Dolls2011Single
Lookin' Fine On TelevisionNew York Dolls2011Album
Gotta Get Away From SouthamptonNew York Dolls2010Album
Live At Radio Luxembourg, Paris - Dec. 1973New York Dolls2010Album
TrashNew York Dolls2009Single
On FireNew York Dolls2009Album
Attick And Whatever Live In Charlotte 2009New York Dolls2009Album
Cause I Sez SoNew York Dolls2009Album
Cleveland 1976New York Dolls2009Album
Bad DetectiveNew York Dolls2009Album
'Cause I Sez SoNew York Dolls2009Album
Complete Show - Live At Flying Machine 1974New York Dolls2009Album
Live At The Fillmore EastNew York Dolls2008Album
Split SingleNew York Dolls / Peppermint Creeps2008Single
Dance Like A MonkeyNew York Dolls2006Single
EPKNew York Dolls2006Single
Dance Like A MonkeyNew York Dolls2006Single
Dancing On The Lip Of A VolcanoNew York Dolls2006Single
From Here To Eternity, The Live Bootleg Box SetNew York Dolls2006Compil.
Live At CBGB's NYC March 17, 2006New York Dolls2006Album
Peace & Love Festival 2006New York Dolls2006Album
All Dolled Up (Films By Bob Gruen And Nadya Beck)New York Dolls2006Album
Gimme Luv And Turn On The LightNew York Dolls2006Single
One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even ThisNew York Dolls2006Album
Private World - The Complete Early Studio Demos 1972-73New York Dolls2006Compil.
New York DollNew York Dolls, Arthur Kane2005Single
We Were Into Something GoodNew York Dolls2005Album
Live From Royal Festival Hall, 2004New York Dolls2004Album
Live At Zepp Tokyo On 25th September 2004New York Dolls2004Album
Get My FunNew York Dolls2004Album
Morrisey Presents The Return Of The New York Dolls - Live From Royal Albert Hall 2004New York Dolls2004Album
Looking For A KissNew York Dolls2003Compil.
Manhattan MayhemNew York Dolls2003Compil.
The Best Of New York DollsNew York Dolls2003Compil.
Great Big KissNew York Dolls2002Compil.
Archive Series, Studio And LiveNew York Dolls2001Compil.
Judy Is A Punk / Human BeingRamones / New York Dolls2001Album
A Hard Night's DayNew York Dolls2000Compil.
Actress: Birth Of The New York DollsNew York Dolls / Actress2000Album
Pink Pedal PushersNew York Dolls2000Album
Endless PartyNew York Dolls2000Album
The Glam Rock HitsNew York Dolls1999Compil.
The Glamorous Life - LiveNew York Dolls1999Compil.
Lonely Planet BoyNew York Dolls1998Single
Hootchie Cootchie DollsNew York Dolls1998Compil.
Human BeingNew York Dolls1998Single
I'm A Human Being (Live)New York Dolls1998Album
Street TrashJohnny Thunders / New York Dolls1998Compil.
Bad GirlNew York Dolls1998Single
Rock 'N RollNew York Dolls1994Compil.
Paris' BurningNew York Dolls1993Album
New York Tapes 72-73New York Dolls1993Album
Red Patent LeatherNew York Dolls1993Single
7 Day WeekendNew York Dolls1992Album
New Rose Live CollectionNew York Dolls1992Compil.
Back in the USANew York Dolls1991Album
Lookin' For A KissNew York Dolls1990Single
The Early Years LiveNew York Dolls1990Album
Super Best CollectionNew York Dolls1990Compil.
Looking For A Kiss!New York Dolls1989Album
Personality CrisisNew York Dolls Featuring Johnny Thunders1986Album
Looking For A KissNew York Dolls Featuring Johnny Thunders1986Album
After The StormNew York Dolls & Sex Pistols1985Compil.
The Music Of New York DollsNew York Dolls1985Album
Night Of The Living DollsNew York Dolls1985Compil.
PillsNew York Dolls1984Single
Red Patent LeatherNew York Dolls1984Album
Personality CrisisNew York Dolls1982Album
Dolls Live: Dallas '74New York Dolls1978Album
Bad GirlNew York Dolls1978Single
Personality CrisisNew York Dolls1978Single
Jet Boy // Babylon / Who Are The Mystery GirlsNew York Dolls1977Single
New York DollsNew York Dolls1977Album
Very Best Of New York DollsNew York Dolls1977Compil.
Looking For A KissNew York Dolls1975Single
Trash (Don't Take My Life Away)New York Dolls1974Album
Stranded In The JungleNew York Dolls1974Single
Puss 'n' BootsNew York Dolls1974Single
Too Much Too SoonNew York Dolls1974Album
Babylon / Human BeingNew York Dolls1974Single
TrashNew York Dolls1973Single
New York DollsNew York Dolls1973Album
Jet BoyNew York Dolls1973Single
TrashNew York Dolls1973Single
Lonely Planet BoyNew York DollsSingle
Bad DetectiveNew York DollsSingle
Dolls DocumentaryNew York DollsSingle
Just BoyNew York DollsSingle
Live 1973New York DollsSingle
Stranded In The JungleNew York DollsSingle
Something ElseNew York DollsSingle
ChatterboxNew York DollsSingle
Down Down DowntownNew York DollsSingle
Courageous Cat ThemeNew York DollsSingle
FrankensteinNew York DollsSingle
Don't Start Me TalkingNew York DollsSingle
Teenage NewsNew York DollsSingle
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