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Dana Dentata


Posted on February 12, 2008

On July 26th, 2006, the seminal New York Dolls – a band that has been accused of inspiring everything from punk rock to hair metal – will release their eagerly anticipated album, One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This, through Roadrunner. In 2004, former New York Dolls fan club president, Morrissey made the request that reunited his boyhood idols for the Meltdown Festival, which he was curating at the Royal Festival Hall in London. “Basically we got together to do a one-off show and have a coupla laughs,” says singer David Johansen. That quickly turned into two shows, and was so well received, that offers started coming in from festivals…Reading, Leeds, and many more, including a bunch co-headlining with fans the White Stripes. Reported the L.A. Times, “Onstage, the Dolls proved worthy of the legendary status that has been built over the years, and then some.” “We were having so much fun, we decided to continue past the summer, and naturally, started writing some new songs. Besides Syl and myself, [the band is] guitarist Steve Conte, bass player Sami Yaffa, keyboard player Brian ‘the Professor’ Koonin, and drummer Brian Delaney, who we insist on calling ‘Delancey.’ Everyone in the band contributes material,” adds Johansen. The new album features 13 new tracks, including the first single “Dance Like a Monkey,” “Take a Good Look at My Good Looks,” “Maimed Happiness,” and “Runnin Around,” and was produced by Jack Douglas, who made his bones engineering the first eponymously titled New York Dolls record, and has since produced everyone from Aerosmith to Cheap Trick to John Lennon and Yoko Ono. “Jack’s always been good to us, so we thought we’d throw him a bone,” says the band. One Day It Will Please US to Remember Even This includes guest appearances by Michael Stipe on “Dancing on the Lip of A Volcano,” Iggy Pop on “Gimme Love and Turn On the Light,” Tom Gabel (Against Me!) on “Punishing World,” and the Dolls‘ own hero, Bo Diddley, on “Seventeen.” “There’s so much negative bullshit being forced down people’s throats in the marketplace, we really wanted to create a thing of beauty that will stand the test of time, and hopefully add something positive to people’s lives,” says Johansen. “I don’t care if this record is a hit,” Sylvain Sylvain declares, “Just as long as every man, woman, and child buys it.” Producer Douglas adds, “This is the band that gave the world ‘Personality Crisis,’ ‘Jet Boy,’ ‘Looking for a Kiss,’ ‘Puss ‘n’ Boots,’ and ‘Trash.’ Maybe we can’t forgive them for that, but they swing harder than anyone around, and this album is a fuckin’ masterpiece.” The Dolls are planning a world tour in support of the new release, starting Summer 2006. “Playing music is the best thing in the world,” says Johansen. “It makes show business almost bearable.”


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