1974 was the year this amazing album of gloriously decadent rock ‘n’ roll from the New York Dolls dropped on a public that mostly ignored it at the time. It has grown into a cult classic throughout the years, being instrumental in the formative years of punk, glam, and what would eventually morph into hair metal. The Dolls were the real deal, a direct link between The Rolling Stones and Aerosmith, with a dash of Alice Cooper and a whole lot of attitude. The mix on this album is so raw and in your face, with Johnny Thunders’ guitar just gloriously ragged and vicious. David Johansen’s vocals and lyrics presented a streetwise, intelligent fan of fashion and classic movies, wrapped in a Big Apple vision of Jagger from the gutter. Classic tracks include the pummeling Human Being (later lovingly covered by Guns ‘n’ Roses), Stranded In The Jungle, Babylon, and Chatterbox (with Thunders on sneering lead vocals). All in all, an album that I have never stopped listening to in all these many years. Long live the Dolls!
Written By: Braddon S. Williams