Rather than being musical innovators in their original incarnation, the New York Dolls are a band that garnered a huge cult following and managed to influence everyone who influenced anyone mostly just through their image. We’re talking Kiss, G n’ R, Sex Pistols and The Smiths; they all list them as inspiration. Morrissey even organized their reunion in 2004; yes, THE Morrissey.
Their musical style was termed “protopunk,” but their look set a goofy glam standard to which others could aspire. These dudes were into makeup and hairspray, and that was back in ’73. Malcolm McClaren actually managed them for a bit, but supposedly overdid it with their look and their fame ended in 1975.
Two of the original Dolls, Sylvain Sylvain and David Johansen, are back to huffin’ and puffin’ on stage and making music. Catch their campy act tonight with their current members at Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale.
The New York Dolls are no strangers to Miami, they performed here at Art Basel at the 2005 Art Loves Music event on Miami Beach. Their performance on the sand got the mostly young art crowd moving and shaking. The new album has a classically fantastic name, ’Cause I Sez So. Lather up your lashes, slap on some lipstick, and go listen to some rock n’ roll.