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PIGSHIT: Ten reasons why the New York Dolls are STILL lookin’ fine on television

1. The fully, perfectly B&W action kicks straight off down some desolate roadside with a dusty, yet meticulously trashy-as-ever Dolls being asked "how you, um, guys got together." "I met Arthur on MacDougal Street," says Johnny. "Na na na, that's not how it started," complains Sylvain, as nearby twigs 'n' cigarette butts suddenly become airborne. And? We're off !!

2. Vintage "Lookin(g) For A Kiss" performance footage is expertly intercut with shots of our not-yet-ready-for-celluloid heroes as they walk down Hollywood Boulevard, checking out the neighborhood novelty-slash-porn shops, cruisin' Frederick's, and catching David JoHansen actually experimenting for perhaps the first time with a terrifyingly great big proto-Poindexter coif.     

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Rock History

A History of Punk Music and its Effect on British Culture and Society.

Punk and its pioneers, though they may not have wanted to, changed the face of music as we knew it. Not only that, but they changed fashion, youth culture and brought about an entirely new form of performance and gigging. Its roots are often furiously debated due to the fact that everybody has a different definition of what punk music is and was, mainly because it covers such a broad spectrum of artists, and these artists stemmed off to form so many different subgenres, all with their own unique following and intention. Because of this, its foundation can be found in many different places and stories, ranging internationally, but all with the same catalysts and integrity.

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Rock News

New York Dolls Announce Two Rare UK Concerts

The New York Dolls have just confirmed two UK concert dates in March 2011. The Dolls line-up will include the legendary Earl Slick on guitar. Earl has played on David Bowie’s Live (’74), Young Americans (’75) and Station to Station (’76) albums.

The full line-up for the UK shows will be –
David Johansen (Vocals)
Sylvain Sylvain (Guitar/Vocals)
Earl Slick (Vocals)
Jason Hill (Bass)
Brian Delany (Drums)

The two dates are –

SUNDAY 27th MARCH
O2 ACADEMY NEWCASTLE
PLUS SUPPORT
Box Office: 0844 477 2000
Book Online : www.ticketweb.co.uk
Venue website: www.o2academynewcastle.co.uk
Ticket price: £25.00 adv
Meet and Greet tickets via Ticketweb: £50
(25 tickets only – subject to booking fee)
Tickets on Sale Now
Doors: 7pm
Address: Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SW

TUESDAY 29th MARCH
MANCHESTER CLUB ACADEMY
PLUS SUPPORT
Box Office: 0845 413 4444
Book Online: www.alt-tickets.co.uk
Ticket price: £23.50 adv
Tickets on Sale Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Address: Manchester Students Union, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PR

Blast Records are proud to announce the signing of the legendary NEW YORK DOLLS and the release of their fifth full-length album, Dancing Backward in High Heels, released in the UK on Monday 14th March 2011, followed by a full pan-European release on Friday 18th March 2011.

The follow-up to 2009’s “Cause I Sez So” was recorded in September 2010 at Blast Recording Studios in Newcastle, England with producer Jason Hill (Louis XIV/The Killers) and features original NYD members, David Johansen (vocals) and Sylvain Sylvain (guitar) with Brian Delaney (drums), Jason Hill (bass) and original Blondie guitarist Frank Infante.

The CD will be packaged with a bonus DVD filmed during the recording of the album, incorporating previous unseen footage and “live” audio tracks from the bands three sold-out performances at The Cluny venue in Newcastle, on September 4th, 5th and 6th 2010.

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PIGSHIT: GPG ON GG

A full disclosure right up front, one and all:

‘Way back in the 1980 hey!day of my fanzine, The Pig Paper, a certain Kevin Michael Allin sent over a sweetly autographed, stuffed with promo material copy of an album called Always Was, Is and Always Shall Be, which had been newly issued on none other than David “The Pope Smokes Dope” Peel’s Orange Records imprint. It sounded then, and remains today, a most spirited indeed collection of incredibly powerful pop in that classic Stooges / New York Dolls mold, with lyrics – especially heard in a, shall we say, immediate post-Pistols frame of ear – not really all that “shocking” whatsoever.

Now, Kevin Michael grew all the way up to become, of course, GG Allin, who by the time of MVD Visual’s grand, new Live in Boston 1989 DVD was still quite happy to remain focused upon the fun as opposed to the, well, feces of his craft. If you catch my career-spanning drift. For example, even before mounting the stage at The Middle East in Cambridge, MA on our particular hot August night in question, this disc treats us to thirty-five full minutes worth of GG, long-suffering bassist/brother Merle, and their young AIDS Brigade band “Gettin’ made up for the show,” as this chapter’s most accurately called. Why, we can even spot vintage Elvis on the wall, the carpet underfoot seems to have actually been vacuumed for the occasion, and the guys before the mirror seem no more rotten or vicious than, say, Monkees kept up after eleven.

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Reviews and Suggestions

CD Review: Batusis EP

Holy hand grenades when this EP is released it is going to blow a big hole in the world music scene. I have been privileged enough to have received a promotional copy and to be honest it has hardly left my CD player. This EP is full on earth shaking rock’n’roll at its peak. Proving that old punks never die, they just get louder and sharper.

Right it’s time to cut the crap and get on with the music. Track 1 ‘Blue’s Theme is an incendiary instrumental. It kicks off with a joyous drum roll leading to a batcycle firing up. Then it off with full throttle rock’n’roll. The motorcycle returns a couple of times to accentuate the feel of the song.

Track 2 ‘What You Lack in Brains’ kicks in, vocals provided by Sylvain Sylvain. It is supercharged rock’n’roll full of style and attitude. A real heavy boogie tune performed to the maximum. Truly heavy duty stuff, a rocking masterpiece.

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Reviews and Suggestions

CD Review: New York Dolls – Live At The Fillmore East

This New York City glam band is, in a weird sort of way, cut from the same cloth as Memphis power poppers Big Star. Now, just hold on. Wait a minute before you get your music geek hackles up.