Colonel Panic was kind enough to send us some Doll By Doll releases, and since there’s not enough time in the day, he kindly wrote a few words them to pique your interest. Thanks Col.
Cult hero Jackie Leven began his musical career in the late 1960s, but formed the punk-spirited Doll By Doll in 1977-78. A masterful guitarist and powerful songwriter (he can wring every last drop of emotion out of a tune), it’s a sad fact that he was never able to crack the big time, despite critical acclaim. Doll By Doll recorded five albums between 1979 and 1982 (though, the fifth was never released). Doll By Doll blended folk, blues, Celtic, psychedelic and punk, with Leven as the main songwriter. A Guardian writer described him as “a mixture of Van Morrison and a psychopath.” After Doll by Doll disbanded in 1983, Leven began a solo career, which was postponed due to a vicious and unprovoked attack on the streets of London during the recording of his first album, leaving him unable to speak for nearly two years. After recovering from the attack (and a resultant heroin addiction), he went on to record a slew of solo albums (through 2011) on the Cooking Vinyl label. Martin Goldschmidt, head of Cooking Vinyl, said: “Since (his signing to the label) we have released 26 of his albums. I kept telling him there were too many, but he kept coming up with scams to get another album out.” There were also several fan club only releases. The 3 song EP is a vinyl rip, the others are 2007 remasters. Read more about the individual releases and get track listings at AMG. Click the covers for Amazon links. Listen to “Teenage Lightning,” from Gypsy Blood, below. - Colonel Panic