New York Dolls (formed 1971)
The New York Dolls are an American punk, glam rock and new wave band.
Formation: The New York Dolls got their name from the New York Doll Hospital, a doll repair shop. Sylvain Sylvain and Billy Murcia had opened a clothing business across the road from the hospital, having disbanded their first group, The Pox.
In 1970, Sylvain and Murcia formed a new band with Johnny Thunders, called The Dolls. Though the existence of the band was brief, Arthur Kane and Rick Rivets recruited Johnny Thunders and Billy Murcia. When Thunders stepped down as lead singer, David Johansen joined to take on the role. Rivets was replaced by Sylvain a few months into the band's existence. They played their first live gig at the Endicott Hotel - a homeless shelter - on Christmas Eve, 1971.
Though the band were notable for their distinctive sound, certain influences, such as The Rolling Stones, MC5, The Stooges and 1960s girl groups such as The Crystals.
New York Dolls got their big break when Rod Stewart invited the band to open for him in London. However, shortly after the gig, Bily Murcia died by drowning, after taking a cocktail of alcohol and drugs.
Career: Murcia was originally replaced by Marc Bell, who went on to play with both Richard Hell and The Ramones. Bell was then replaced by Jerry Nolan and the band were signed to Mercury Records, who released their debut album, New York Dolls in 1973. The album was produced by Todd Rundgren and received mixed reviews at the time of its release, though it has since been widely hailed as a landmark release.
In 1974, New York Dolls released Too Much Too Soon. The album was produced by George Morton, who was notable for his work with the Shangri-Las in the 1960s.
When Mercury Records dropped the New York Dolls, the band looked to Malcom McLaren for guidance. Ultimately, however, Malcom's shock-tactic promotion style would backfire on the band and many have blamed him for their demise.
In 1975, Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan quit the band in the middle of a tour, whilst they were in Florida. Thunders was replaced by Blackie Lawless for the rest of the tour. The band continued to exist, with Sylvain and Johansen backed by Peter Jordan, Chris Robison and Tony Machine, with Bobby Blaine.
Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan went on to form The Heartbreakers with Richard Hell, who had left Television, Walter Lure and Billy Rath. The Heartbreakers toured Britain with The Clash, The Sex Pistols and The Damned.
Johnny Thunders died in 1991 in New Orleans. The death was reported as an overdose of methadone and heroin, though some have suggested he was murdered and that the death was not investigated properly. The following year, Jerry Nolan died of a stroke, after contracting bacterial meningitis.
In 2004, Morrissey instigated a reunion of the three surviving members of the New York Dolls (Sylvain, Kane and Johansen). They performed at the Meltdown Festival in London, which was curated by Morrissey. Arthur Kane died unexpectedly in July 2004, from leukemia.
New York Dolls have been credited as a major influence for bands such as Blondie, Dead Boys, Guns N' Roses, The Smiths and Japan.
In May 2009, New York Dolls released a new studio album, entitled Cause I Sez So, on Atco Records.
The former couple settled its divorce in 2011 and Simon was reportedly supposed to put the Bearsville house up for sale as part of the divorce agreement.
A source tells the New York Post that the home failed to sell and alleges the former Mrs. Johansen continued using it as a vacation home.
Tommy Lee will investigate the mystery behind 'secret societies' as part of a new reality television show.Tommy Lee, the American rocker and Motley Crue drummer, is developing a travel series, titled 'Culture Shock With Tommy Lee', for the cable channel Syfy, according to the Hollywood Reporter.The new show will follow Tommy as he attempts to unravel the mysteries behind secret societies. The 48-year-old will attempt to uncover the rituals and symbols of each secretive organisation. Although the premiere date is currently unknown, it has been confirmed that Itv Studios America will produce the project, with Lee Stubner and Carl Stubner acting as executive producers. The program will be split into one hour episodes. Lee first made the foray into reality television back in 2004 when he starred in NBC's six-episode series 'Tommy Lee Goes to College', in which the rocker visited the University of Nebraska and tried out for the school's marching band.
The former Sex Pistols manager passed away at the age of 64 after struggling with a rare form of cancer called mesothelioma.
Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon and MCLaren's former partner, designer Vivienne Westwood, have both expressed their sadness over the impresario's passing, and now tributes have flooded in from other stars.
Rap mogul Combs took to his Twitter.com page after the sad news broke to pass on his condolences, writing, "Malcolm MCLaren. RIP - music lost an icon today," while former Culture Club frontman Boy George added, "R.I.P Malcolm MCLaren. Punk will never die! Malcolm was a rogue, we had our dramas but he was a huge part of my life!"
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The guitarist has been hired as a rock 'n' roll consultant on the Brooklyn, New York set of the film - to give the project's leads an edge.
He tells WENN, "I got a call to be a rock 'n' roll guru for the cast of this movie... There's one scene in the movie where they're in a mental hospital and there's a fantasy scene where they all fantasise about being onstage and being in this rock band and playing Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie.
"Zach's the piano player, Emma was one of the guitar players and Jeremy Davies, from Lost, was one of the background singers. The costumes were made by the same guy who made Britney Spears' costumes, so there was 19-year-old Emma Roberts looking incredible.
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British stadium rockers Manic Street Preachers are desperate to conquer America nearly 20 years after their disastrous first attempt.
Manic Street Preachers are desperate to conquer America.
The British band - who have sold millions of records around the world - say they could lose £50,000 on their US tour, which they hope will make up for their disastrous first attempt to break the country nearly 20 years ago.
Bassist Nicky Wire said: "It's just bizarre looking back to think we ever had a chance out here.
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Sylvain Sylvain, New York Dolls, The New York Dolls and LoveBox - Sylvain Sylvain and David Johansen Of the New York Dolls London, England - performing at The Lovebox Weekender 2009 - Day 2 Sunday 19th July 2009
Rundgren produced the glam rock veterans' classic self-titled 1973 album, and he invited the band to his studio in Hawaii to record a long-awaited fourth album, called Cause I Sez So.
The release features a re-recorded version of the band's hit Trash and the album is scheduled to hit stores in May (09).
Dolls frontman David Johansen says, "It was amazing working with Todd again, and I think we were able to evoke the special sound of our first album and drag it by the hair into the present."
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THE New York Dolls have announced the details of their forthcoming album, which will be released in the US in May.
David Johansen's glam/punk band who were an one of the most iconic outfits of the 1970s alternative scene reformed in 2004 and released the album ONE DAY IT WILL PLEASE US TO REMEMBER EVEN THIS.
The new album CAUSE I SEZ SO sees founder members Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain reunited with producer Todd Rundgren.
It marks the first time the band have worked with the legendary producer since their eponymous debut in 1976.
Johansen said: "It was amazing working with Todd again, and I think we were able to evoke the special sound of our first album and drag it by the hair into the present."
The band were recently confirmed as one of the acts to play RACHEL RAY'S food and music party at this year's South By Southwest in Austin, Texas.
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A host of top names have been added to the bill for Morrissey's O2 Wireless Festival gig in Hyde Park later this summer.
Already confirmed for the former Smiths frontman's only UK festival appearance this summer are the oddball solo-star Beck and shimmering American rockers the National.
But now a four more acts have been added to the developing bill, with Lightspeed Champion first up.
The former Test Icicles main man Dev Hynes has reinvested himself as a whimsical lo-fi troubadour since the implosion of the band that made him famous in 2006, and will present material from Falling off the Lavender Bridge, released earlier this year, to a growing number of fans.
Hynes will be joined by Siouxsie, formerly of the Banshees and The Creatures. She has previous with Morrissey, having worked with the notorious gloomonger on 1994's Interlude single, and will add the voice that defined post-punk to proceedings.
Also on offer will be Dirty Pretty Things. While former brother-in-arms Pete Doherty continues to grab the headlines with his disaster chic wardrobe and casual drug problem, Carl Barat has been working just off the radar winning over a whole new generation of music connoisseurs.
The band are presently working on the follow-up to their gold certified Waterloo or Anywhere album, with new material likely to feature prominently.
Finally, stately punks the New York Dolls have been confirmed.
In his teenage years, Morrissey was the president of their fan club, and his affinity with the band has never ceased, adding the group to the bill of his Meltdown festival a few years back, and continuing to show faith in their abilities here.
Tickets are £40, on sale now, with the event taking place on Friday July 4th at the central London venue.
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New York Dolls founder ARTHUR 'KILLER' KANE's remains had to be cremated because Mormon officials refused to release his body to his estranged wife before they started decomposing.
Barbara Kane wanted to honour her late husband's wishes and bury him next to former Dolls stars Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan in Mount St Mary's cemetery in Brooklyn, New York, but Mormon elders refused to let her get close to the body.
Kane's bitter widow insists she wasn't even told her husband, a Mormon convert, was ill by his lawyer until just before Kane lost his battle with leukaemia last year (04), ironically a month after the New York Dolls reunion show in London.
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