DAVID JOHANSEN Live It Up (1982)

Live It Up (1982)
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Fun live set from New York Doll, David Johansen. This was Johansen’s first official live album, in or out of the Dolls, not counting his 1978 promo only LP, Live – which would eventually become “official” in 1993. Like that album, this one is heavy on 60s cover material (“Build Me Up Buttercup,” “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” DJ’s Animals medley) mixed with some Dolls chestnuts and a few highlights from Johansen’s solo career, which included three solo studio albums by this time. The set list hadn’t changed all that much since ’78, but the non-stop road work of the previous few years paid off in a tightly honed and highly energetic set. I doubt Johansen’s vocals have ever sounded any better than during this era. Look in the archives to find the ’78 promo. Amazon.

We Gotta Get Outta This Place/Don’t Bring Me Down/It’s My Life (4:26)
Frenchette (4:55)
Reach Out I’ll Be There (3:26)
Is This What I Get For Loving You (3:15)
Donna  (4:20)
Build Me Up Buttercup (2:41)
Melody (3:05)
Funky But Chic (3:53)
Bohemian Love Pad (2:56)
Stranded In The Jungle (3:48)
Personality Crisis (5:03)


  • Willard
    June 9, 2011 - 09:04 | Permalink

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  • humanebean
    July 4, 2011 - 10:06 | Permalink

    Thanks for the memory leak, Cap’n! This LP was a personal favorite BITD, played in a fairly constant rotation along with such chestnuts as the Blue Oyster Cult’s Some Enchanted Evening and Cheap Trick’s ubiquitous Live At Budokan, to name a couple. I had the good fortune to catch DJ in the flesh at The Metro in Boston, across the street from Fenway Park, on this tour or the next. Fabulous show and an excellent live record to crank on a summer’s day. Happy 4th of July to you and yours.

  • furnguy
    July 14, 2011 - 12:15 | Permalink

    thanks. great album

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