Singer David Johansen: Return of the N.Y. Dolls

David Johansen was a member of the early 1970s glam-punk band the New York Dolls. They often wore both makeup and leather as they played a raw, aggressive style of rock. The group's influence spread far beyond its two studio albums, as it paved the way for rough-riding bands like the Ramones and the Sex Pistols.

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Detail from the cover the New York Dolls eponymous debut album.

Detail from the cover the New York Dolls eponymous debut album.

This year, the singer Morrissey asked the New York Dolls to reunite for his UK Meltdown festival. A CD and DVD came out of the performance, called The Return of the New York Dolls: Live from Royal Festival Hall 2004. For the new release, Johansen was joined by original members Sylvain Sylvain and Arthur "Killer" Kane to perform old favorites like "Lookin' for a Kiss" and "Trash."

After the breakup of the New York Dolls, David Johansen took on the persona of Buster Poindexter, a Las Vegas-style lounge singer. In 1987, he had a hit single "Hot, Hot, Hot." He went on to an acting career, performing in the films Candy Mountain, Married to the Mob, and Scrooged.

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