Watch “Looking For Johnny: The Legend Of Johnny Thunders Trailer” on YouTube

Drugs ruined a lot of cool shit. They’re part of the story. Johnny wasn’t just about drugs. I do think he’d have become a better player without them though. It was never about him being the best, the fastest, the most precise. 

It was about having balls in both pockets and going up there and doing it loud as fuck. Everybody read into it what they wanted. Took what they wanted to get out of it. That didn’t always leave much for Johnny. 

  Even if you were never a fan, this is a good film. Maybe you’ll become one. I understand why many people weren’t and aren’t fans. It’s almost one of those situations where you had to be there. And even then, it could be great one time….. Absolute garbage the next. 

  The thing is, youre surrounded by Dolls and Heartbreakers fans at their shows. Everybody was an outcast that had suddenly become cool. It was like a community of people who could nod to each other and know what was up. Everyone was on the same page, more or less…. Except maybe Jerry and Johnny.   

     For about 5 years, it was really really exciting to be in New York city, hearing all this new music. Sure, there was a lack of professionalism. Some of those bands were horrid live. But, it all felt totally right.       Punk rock absolutely changed my life.

A lot of it sounds quaint, where it once sounded dangerous. A lot of it sounds like fucking shite. 

The point was, We wanna try it. Let’s see if we can do it by just fucking doing it. So, those kids were brave, if nothing else. And to a person, they were ALL  New York Dolls fans. It was absolute sacrilege to not be a fan. 

I always thought… Yeah, they were cool and all… But best band ever? Come on now. 

Then that’s the other side of it. You could be a classicly trained musician and never be as creative and weird as that first Talking Heads stuff.

  The great thing about non-musicians playing music was their approach. They weren’t locked into rules, the mathematics of the whole thing. It was a total deconstruction of the bullshit rockstar schtick.

 “Look at how stupid this is!” Ramones? Anyone? 

Combine that with Patti Smith’s epic 70s regular old rock and roll with amazing lyrics and aliens have landed emotional content, with the retarded knucklehead snot of the Dead Boys. Or take the guitar noodling, genius, of Television. More rock poetry from Richard Hell. And on top of all that was the freightrain 50s and 60s garage of Johnny and the Heartbreakers. Then there was the dreamy dance pop Blondie. Not to mention the hundreds of bands that imploded or gave up. I remember them. The music business never stopped being a sewer full of vultures. Some folks got eaten. 

The birth of punk rock was about D. I. Y.. DO IT YOURSELF. Fuck major labels. We got a good song. We’re putting it out. If nothing else, it stayed the demise of the big labels. It took the internet to finish them off. Good riddance. 

They wouldn’t sign Johnny. But, Keith Richards and the dozens of other out of control drug addicts, from Alice Cooper to Bowie, all of the Eagles, etc…. That was different how? You can’t say he couldn’t make hit records. No one tested it. He had several songs that the kids would have geeked out over. 

And he was dangerous.

Teenage boys fucking love dangerous. The girls like it even more. Why the hell do you think the Stones were popular? What band was more dangerous? 
Tell me All By Myself couldn’t have done well on FM in the 70s.

“X” the band.. Highly underrated. 

X (​the band)is one of those bands I didn’t really pay a lot of attention to at their peak. Even though I liked a couple of their singles. There was so much music or there. My friends had their records. I just missed the boat… But then they turned around and came back to get me. Yeah. Now… I don’t even wanna think how many years removed, I love them. I never hated them or disliked them. I was ambivalent. 

I just love the way they sing together. Her voice is perfect for the music. John Doe wrote some great songs…. a lot more than I realized. Listen to Los Angeles in its entirety. It’s impressive. 

I like going back to see what I missed. Sometimes it’s a great surprise. I just say through Under the Big Black Sun . Hungry Wolf, a killer punk version of the Jefferson Airplane California sound stays the record. What a killer song. This is another record that’s easy to sit through. How did I miss this. I guess I just came late. The record sounds like it could have come out yesterday. It doesn’t sound dated like a lot of the 80s MTV acts do. 

There’s are tons of bands I liked in the 80s that I just can’t listen to now. Pretty much every synth new wave MTV band sound extremely outdated… And, frankly, not very good. Hey. I was on a lot of drugs that decade. What can I say?
I like a lot of the new retro bands, the psychedelic stuff, the hard rock 70s sounds. I ignored a lot of stuff because I was a rock snob. I still am. I hated 80s hair “metal”… and I still do. One or two have a song that’s catchy, like Round and Round (what goes around comes around)… Probably not cool with my punk friends. But that band had a higher quality setlist than, let’s say, Poison. I( kind of wish I didn’t need to type their name) 

I absolutely don’t get Bon Jovi’s popularity. Even their best songs seem second rate to me. Yeah , Sambora can play. So what? He still hasn’t played anything good. 

Listen to the short guitar bursts on UTBBS. Sambora could probably play classical guitar. But, this guy, Billy, he tore it up. A little bit Rock-a-Billy (whackabilly  <<< that’s mine) Throw some Chuck Berry, Johnny Thunders, pure punk rock energy, with beat poet lyrics. It’s wild. Add to that the Grace Slick inspired (conscious or not),harmonies..which created a crush with a voice. Does that make sense? 

There’s s just something cool about this band… still. 

X was underrated. Poison and Bon Jovi were overrated. X was something new. Poison were trying to look like the New York Dolls. The Dolls weren’t perfect. In terms of great songs there were enough to make them legendary in the underground rock universe. Poison were getting to be them. But, they came off like H. R. Puffinstuff. The Dolls were dangerous. As affected as they seemed via their look, they were authentic pioneers. They took from the two previous decades of rock, particularly the girl groups, the Stones bad boy dresses as girls attitude, Chuck Berry… and everybody hated them at the time. They weren’t on the radio. They were pariahs smack dab in the hard rock Zeppelin Sabbath years. What was Poison? They were video stars. Bright and don’t. No originality. They didn’t even copy their heroes right. Dumb shits. 

But Yay, you can go listen to X  on the motherfucking internet….for free. Do it. You won’t be disappointed. 

Or do what I do when I’m bored and can’t sleep… Go to YouTube and start thumbing down hair metal videos. 
I would bet you money, the Trump boys liked hair metal. Just a hunch. Although Eric might have been more of a Pet Shop Boys twit

Check out Digsaw by The Wytches

This band of young guys won a scholarship to record their first album. Other western countries support creativity. It creates a well – rounded smarter society overall. 

Let the children sing. 
That his age influenced by 70s hated rock, acid rock, like Sabbath and maybe even Alice Cooper. They make it their own. They cover T. Rex. They play heavy, slow, cinematic horror rock.  They play much you in the teeth rockers that the kida aregoing crazy in the pit over(do they still do that?) 

That’s a bit of a hippie vibe undercurrent. Listen to this track to hear one of their rockers. 

Great guitars and a Kurt Cobain wail. It works. It really does. So, then… Why do they get such mediocre reviews? Because these guys listen to 10 albums a day, do a once  over, take some notes and wrote some expert rot about shit they know nothing about, since they’re all listening to hip hop these days

Ttust me. This is a great album. 

And, btw, there’s a new one out I’ll tell you about down the way. 

Check out Do You Feel It by Holy Wave
Part of the ongoing psychedelic revival. This one has a nice beat and some great chords to start off. I think it would succeed with aitplay. 

One thing about this blog, you’re guaranteed to hear what’s new and different, Or what’s part of a bigger trend, like this one. 

This is where we’re at with rock music. We have to dig up the Dead to find new life. And I’m all for it. People are forming bands. They take the time to write great tunes. They don’t hide their influences. They revel in them.