LiveLive (1978/1993)
Post-Dolls Fresh

I was a proud owner of The David Johansen Group’s original promo-only Live LP. Recorded at The Bottom Line, July 21, 1978, it was expanded 15 years later for this CD release. What’s cool about these recordings is that even while Johansen was attempting to move past his past, into greener, more commercial territory, his signature pre-punk/50s glam, bash & pop persona was still fully intact live. You can take the Doll out of the trash, but you can’t take the trash out of the Doll, or some such horseshit. The set list is Dolls-intensive, with some gloriously messy soul sides, “Build Me Up Buttercup” and “Reach Out.” It doesn’t hurt that ex-mates Johnny Thunders and Syl Sylvain show up, too. This is a good one. Loud, raucous & fun. There’s more Dolls & Dolls-related stuff in the archives, including A Hard Night’s Day (outstanding 1973 studio performance, HERE), From Paris With Love (L.U.V.) (HERE), Live At The Fillmore East-December 28 & 29, 2007 and The Return Of The New York Dolls – Live From Royal Festival Hall, 2004 (both HERE), DAVID JOHANSEN Live It Up (HERE), JOHNNY THUNDERS & THE HEARTBREAKERS L.A.M.F. The Lost ’77 Mixes (HERE), Hurt Me (HERE), Stations Of The Cross & I Only Wrote This Song For You: A Tribute To Johnny Thunders (both HERE). Find Live at Amazon, HERE.

Cool Metro
Looking For A Kiss
Not That Much
Funky But Chic
Build Me Up Buttercup
I’m A Lover
I Found A Love
Reach Out (I’ll Be There)
The Girl Don’t Come
Lonely Tenement
Personality Crisis
It’s A Heartache
Personality Crisis (End Of)
Love Child


  • Anonymous
    April 5, 2010 - 12:56 | Permalink

    Fantastic! What a nice surprise for a Monday morning.

    And no "Feeling Hot Hot Hot", thank Christ.

  • Anonymous
    April 5, 2010 - 13:57 | Permalink


  • Quark
    April 5, 2010 - 15:00 | Permalink

    Wow! Always was a big dolls fan…but I have never heard this.
    What a Band!

  • Capt. Willard
    April 5, 2010 - 11:22 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • dirty dave
    April 5, 2010 - 20:27 | Permalink

    love this album, it was my soundtrack for my last road trip to NYC

  • Radio Free Wohlman
    April 5, 2010 - 22:51 | Permalink


    A Funk But Chic post!



  • bostig
    April 6, 2010 - 07:46 | Permalink


  • RevolutionaryBum
    April 6, 2010 - 09:07 | Permalink

    Great album! Still have my old copy but no turntable hooked up so it will be cool 9metro) to hear this again. Thanks >

  • Art Ducko
    April 6, 2010 - 09:42 | Permalink

    Headed for my iMac at this moment to boogie to his Davidness. Thanks, pard!

  • Capt. Willard
    April 6, 2010 - 12:41 | Permalink

    I actually hung out with the guy for a couple of hours and had a few drinks together in 1980. Appeared to me to be the nicest guy on Earth. A funny SOB, too.

  • Mingus
    April 6, 2010 - 15:10 | Permalink

    had him play at our Spring Carnival back in the day. (circa 1980) Fun guy. Fun band.



  • Capt. Willard
    April 7, 2010 - 02:05 | Permalink

    You mean the first comment linkage, RB? My encounter wasn't as debauched. He was the opening act at an arena show, so the drinking was going on in an auditorium bathroom. I was shocked at how authentically Brooklyn he was. Those were, after all, the days when you couldn't just cue up Dolls interview footage on a whim. When he was getting his photo taken for a magazine cover, he was working the lens like a fashion model, which was also surprising (at the time). I wish he'd do more acting. He was a hoot in Scrooged and also in one of my guilty pleasure movies, Let It Ride.

  • RevolutionaryBum
    April 7, 2010 - 00:29 | Permalink

    Capt. Got the same chance in N.Y. in 84' From the Pyramid club to after hours plus Joey Ramone tagging along! Mr. Johansen is a funny guy & nice to boot. Clearest recall was him in doorway of market on ave. A at 4am yelling at the top of his lungs "I cant fit 5 dicks in my mouth" shit what a crazed night !!!

  • RevolutionaryBum
    April 8, 2010 - 07:23 | Permalink

    Thanks Capt. For some reason the first comment wasn't showing up for me the other day ? Scrooged was funny, Let it Ride was with Danny Davito ? It's been awhile. Also in N.Y. I saw his alter ego Buster Poindexter @ TRAMPS Great show !!! This was a few years before "Hot Hot Hot" became a hit… As always thanks for the posts and take care >

  • Capt. Willard
    April 8, 2010 - 12:17 | Permalink

    Let It Ride was with Richard Dreyfuss and Teri Garr. Dreyfuss is a guy with a gambling problem who, on one particular day, just can't lose. Johansen was a bit over the top in it, but the overall flick was pretty funny.

  • Timmy
    April 9, 2010 - 16:32 | Permalink

    Thank you, Willy, baby! This ought to be groovy. I remember when David DJ'ed on radio, for a while. He was great.

  • jeffen
    April 10, 2010 - 20:12 | Permalink

    You've always got the top drawer drawer stuff, Willard. There are times when I'm a bit jealous!

    Keep it up!

  • Loren
    April 11, 2010 - 19:12 | Permalink

    Thanks for the trash, Captain, Nobody does trash like David Johansen, what a unique vision. It is strange people like him who make music such a voyage of discovery. Thanks for the share.

  • April 7, 2014 - 01:49 | Permalink

    Great CD! I have this already, and also had the vinyl, promo only lp, too. I was a touch to young for the Dolls party, but heard DJ’s first solo album, and thought it rocked. The second album, “In Style,” I didn’t like near as much, in spite of “Wreckless Crazy.” Then came Buster, more interesting live than on album.
    Thanks for putting this up and clueing everyone else in.

  • courtney
    April 9, 2014 - 16:12 | Permalink

    Also had the LP; never knew (but should have known) that it had crossed over to the digital side.
    I vividly remember the first time I heard the studio version of “Frenchette”—”You call that lovin’ French/but it’s just Frenchette/I been to France so let’s just dance”—and marveled at the craft of the lines. He sold it pretty good with the vocal. too…

  • Emilio Marengo
    April 22, 2014 - 16:04 | Permalink

    one of my fave bands, David put together a tight outfit with a searing edge, but they didn’t transcend the punk & wave club circuit…thanks for the post, new to me except for a few cuts that have appeared on yt…rockandroll…

  • apf
    April 26, 2014 - 00:23 | Permalink

    Thank you!

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