The Music Farm recently posted some impressive stuff on its summer music calendar — Bill Kreutzmann, Citizen Cope, Mat Kearney, Hank III, Donavon Frankenreiter ... and the legendary punk/glam band New York Dolls, featuring frontman David Johansen and original guitarist Sylvain Sylvain.
The last time the Dolls visited Charleston was when they headlined one of the three Little Steven's Underground Garage Rolling Rock 'n' Roll Show gigs of 2006. Backed by a young and raucous rhythm section, they sounded way fuller and heavier than expected.
The Dolls recorded only two studio albums — 1973's sneering New York Dolls (produced by Todd Rundgren) and 1974's shambolic Too Fast Too Soon (produced by Shang-ri La's veteran Shadow Morton) — but their cultural impact in New York's burgeoning punk scene was long-lasting. Music critic Kirk Lake put it like this: "Fronted by nightmare Mick'n'Keith clones Davis Johansen and Johnny Thunders (guitar), the New York Dolls took the glitter and glam of the early '70s to the extreme."
They split up in late 1976 and reunited 30 years later.
The New York Dolls are set to headline a quickly-approaching concert on Sun. June 14, with support from Black Joe Lewis. The band's latest album, 'Cause I Sez So (produced by Rundgren), is a ballsy, big-guitar rock-bash. The current lineup includes Johansen on vocals and harmonica, Sylvain and Steve Conte on guitars, Sami Yaffa on bass, and Brian Delaney on drums. Tickets are available this week for $20.