Monday, June 13, 2011

"Frenchette," David Johansen

by Dick Mac

And then the New York Dolls broke-up and I thought I'd kill myself, but I didn't! And when I didn't, I asked: "Is that all there is to a drag act?"

David Johansen's solo career was much more interesting to me than Johnny Thunders'. I saw them both perform after the Dolls broke-up and to the same degree that Johnny was sort of a sad sight to behold, David proved to be a true showman and put on a remarkable show. He is a minstrel, a singer, a performer. He gives to his fans, and I've enjoyed some wonderful shows.

A number of the songs that appeared on his first record were written for the never-to-exist third Dolls's record. Here's one of my favorites, "Frenchette":

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