JOHNNY THUNDERS Stations Of The Cross (1982/1990) & VARIOUS ARTISTS I Only Wrote This Song For You: A Tribute To Johnny Thunders (1995)

JOHNNY THUNDERS Stations Of The Cross (1982/1990)
V/A I Only Wrote This Song For You: A Tribute To Johnny Thunders (1995)
Two Ways To Remember A Proud Junkie Punk

Here are a couple of off-the-shelf irregulars that just might fit your portly collection. The various artists tribute, I Only Wrote This Song For You, includes most of the New York Dolls (David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain, Arthur Kane), ex-bandmates (Walter Lure), like-minded types (The Ramones, Wayne Kramer), strange bedfellows (The Screwballs: Wayne County & Glen Matlock) and one genuine surprise (Los Lobos). It’s not all punk, in fact, the ex-Dolls are the most sentimental of the bunch here, but there are some interesting interpretations that Thunders fans may enjoy (that guy from Hanoi Rocks has two solid covers). Stations Of The Cross, a September 30, 1982 Johnny Thunders live show, is a whole different memory to wrap your arms around. Thunders is proudly still using and is a chatterbox about it throughout the show, dedicating songs to Sid Vicious and King Henry, among others. In fact, a latter re-issue of this disc would remove a lot of Thunders’ tongue wagging. You might notice there are a few “dub” versions included. Veteran listeners know that that only means someone couldn’t be bothered to make it to the mic for that particular song. That’s ok, it’s all good. Above all, despite its flaws, Stations Of The Cross (HERE, at Amazon), released in different editions over the years (the pic above is this version), is probably a pretty good representation of what it was actually like to stand in front of a breathing Johnny Thunders, circa 1982. For better and worse, of course. I Only Wrote This Song For You (HERE, at Amazon) fell out of print, but was reissued in 2004 with a new running order and two added tracks from Marc Almond and Sigue Sigue Sputnik. There’s more Thunders in the archives; L.A.M.F. The Lost ’77 Mixes (HERE) and JT’s largely acoustic album, Hurt Me (HERE).

Pipeline (2:36)
In Cold Blood
Just Another Girl (4:19)
Too Much Junkie Business (2:58)
Sad Vacation (4:07)
Who Needs Girls?
Do You Love Me? (3:05)
So Alone (6:17)
Seven Day Weekend (3:38)
Chinese Rocks (2:56)
Reentry Interlude (1:55)
Voodoo Dub (1:54)
Surfer Jam (2:05)
Just Because I’m White (4:55)
One Mind (Dub) (2:57)
Little London Boys (2:26)
Stepping Stone (1:55)
I Don’t Mind Mr. Kowalski (1:25)
Creature from E.T. Rap (3:50)
Rather Be with the Boys (2:17)
Wipeout (2:18)

PATTI PALLADIN Leave Me Alone (Chatterbox)
MICHAEL MONROE Disappointed In You (3:57)
ARTHUR “KILLER” KANE In Cold Blood (Not In Vain) (3:24)
WAYNE KRAMER Children Are People Too (5:05)
DAVID JOHANSEN Some Hearts (4:09)
SYLVAIN SYLVAIN Society Makes Me Sad (5:04)
ALISON GORDIE Just Another Girl (4:19)
FILTY LUCRE Can’t Kick (3:36)
WILLIE DEVILLE You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory (3:43)
THE RAMONES I Love You (2:22)
MICHAEL MONROE So Alone (6:08)
LOS LOBOS Alone In A Crowd (2:57)
THE SCREWBALLS Help The Homeless (7:49)


  • Capt. Willard
    November 2, 2010 - 21:06 | Permalink

    Get them HERE.

  • john
    February 15, 2011 - 05:45 | Permalink

    Capt. Willard thank You for the Johnny Thunders. One fo my favorites.

  • g
    September 26, 2013 - 13:31 | Permalink

    Hello Captain – I know we’ve seen these before and those who haven’t heard them should give a listen – it’s not on the Tribute – but just was listening to Ronnie Sing – You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory…

  • Anonymous
    September 26, 2013 - 15:27 | Permalink

    Right, g. Ronnie’s version should have been a HIT!–Bill

  • rhod
    September 28, 2013 - 03:05 | Permalink

    Thanks Cap’t

    Great share, hard to find any Johnny Thunder muisc but you help fill the gaps



  • whink1
    February 28, 2014 - 04:29 | Permalink

    what a fantastic site! merci beaucoup.

  • Emilio Marengo
    March 14, 2015 - 06:47 | Permalink

    thanks Willard…it’s pure gold…regards…

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