New York Dolls

Also known as Johansen, Thunders, New York Dolls, The, NY Dolls
Members of New York Dolls: Arthur Kane, Billy Murcia, Blackie Lawless, Brian Koonin, David Johansen, Earl Slick, Jerry Nolan, John Anthony Genzale, Jr., Peter Jordan (2), Rick Rivets, Sami Takamäki, Steve Conte, Sylvain Mizrahi, Tony Machine
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Discography of New York Dolls:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 New York Dolls 11 Audio Mercury
2 Too Much Too Soon 10 Audio 1988 Mercury
3 New York Dolls 11 Audio 1973 Mercury
4 Rock 'N Roll 21 Audio 1994
5 Seven Day Weekend 19 Audio 1992 Receiver Records Limited
6 After The Storm 8 Audio 1985 Receiver Records Limited
7 Too Much Too Soon 10 Audio 1974 Mercury
8 Lipstick Killers - The Mercer Street Sessions 1972 9 Audio 2003 Trama
9 Rehearsal & Live 4 Audio 1974 Not On Label
10 Lipstick Killers - The Mercer Street Sessions 1972 9 Audio 2000 ROIR (Reachout International Records)
11 Live In NYC - 1975: Red Patent Leather 15 Audio 2001-09-11 Trojan Records
12 Personality Crisis 4 Audio 1990 See For Miles Records Ltd.
13 Seven Day Weekend 19 Audio 2001-09-11
14 Judy Is A Punk / Human Being 2 Audio 2001-10-15 Musical Tragedies
15 Lipstick Killers - The ROIR Sessions 9 Audio 1989 Danceteria
16 Red Patent Leather 13 Audio 1984 Fan Club
17 After The Storm 8 Audio 1994 Receiver Records Limited
18 New York Doll 3 Audio 2005 UWe
19 One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This 13 Audio 2006-07-25 Roadrunner Records
20 Looking For A Kiss 2 Audio 1986 Antler Records (3)
21 Pills 2 Audio 1984 Fan Club
22 New York Dolls 11 Audio 2008 Mercury
23 Too Much Too Soon 10 Audio 2008 Mercury
24 Teenage News 11 Audio 1998 Munster Records
25 Too Much Too Soon 10 Audio 1974 Mercury
26 From Paris With Love (L.U.V.) 13 Audio 2006 Sympathy For The Record Industry
27 One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This 13 Audio 2006 Roadrunner Records
28 Red Patent Leather 12 Audio 2003 Earmark
29 Personality Crisis 4 Audio 1982 Kamera Records
30 Actress: Birth Of The New York Dolls 11 Audio 2000 Get Back
31 New York Dolls 11 Audio Mercury
32 One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This 13 Audio 2006 Roadrunner Records
33 New York Dolls / Too Much Too Soon 23 Audio 1986 Mercury
34 Great Big Kiss 34 Audio 2002
35 I'm A Human Being (Live) 15 Audio 1998 Receiver Records Limited
36 New York Dolls / Too Much Too Soon 23 Audio 1977 Mercury
37 Personality Crisis 2 Audio 1978 Bellaphon
38 Bad Girl 2 Audio 1978 Bellaphon
39 Jet Boy 2 Audio 1973 Mercury
40 New York Dolls 11 Audio 2008 Mercury
41 Jet Boy // Babylon / Who Are The Mystery Girls 3 Audio 1977 Mercury
42 Stranded In The Jungle 2 Audio 1974 Mercury
43 Night Of The Living Dolls 10 Audio 1985 Mercury
44 Dolls Live: Dallas '74 9 Audio Smilin' Ears
45 Red Patent Leather 13 Audio 1984 Fan Club
46 Endless Party 19 Audio 1991 Triangle Records (3)
47 Lipstick Killers - The Mercer Street Sessions 1972 9 Audio 2005 ROIR (Reachout International Records)
48 Trash 2 Audio 2009 ATCO Records
49 Classic Tracks 4 Audio
50 Too Much Too Soon 10 Audio 1974 Mercury


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. 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 allmusic.com)

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)


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